The Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree : A Holiday Tale

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"You're going to love Todd."
-Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The critically acclaimed creator of the Inspector Ian Rutledge and battlefield nurse Bess Crawford mystery series, Charles Todd now offers readers a bittersweet love story and romantic mystery that unfolds at Christmas during the dangerous opening days of World War I. The Walnut Tree is an unforgettable story of a woman who puts herself in the line of fire for the sake of wounded soldiers and falls deeply in love with a man who may be forbidden to her. For anyone who has fallen under the spell of Downton Abbey, and for all the fans of the British-set mysteries of Elizabeth George, Anne Perry, Ruth Rendell, Martha Grimes, and Jacqueline Winspear, The Walnut Tree is essential reading.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062236873
  • 9780062236876
  • 558,173

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In the tradition of Downton Abbey comes this bittersweet love story, set at Christmas during the opening days of World War I

In 1914, while in Paris visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when the Germans quickly overrun Belgium. Made-leine's brother Alain, leaving to join his regiment, has just proposed, and Elspeth sets out for England to tell her family. Instead, she finds herself trapped in the fighting along the French coast, shelled by the enemy. To her rescue comes Captain Peter Gilchrist. But before they can say good-bye, Elspeth and Peter are separated.

Safely in London, Elspeth is haunted by the horrors she wit-nessed in France. And she cannot forget the gallant Peter Gilchrist.

Abandoning her aristocratic world, Elspeth trains as a nurse and returns to France. There, she finds the man she has no right to love, and amid the ferocity and uncertainty of battle, she must decide whether to follow her heart or her duty--or will a cruel war take both men from her?
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About Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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4 36% (735)
3 33% (677)
2 9% (180)
1 2% (31)
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