Sunday, October 6, 2013
THE WALNUT TREE by Charles Todd
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.
My first book by Charles Todd and I found it to be very entertaining though it is set in the time of WWI. Lady Elspeth is visiting her fiance in France when war breaks out. Unable to return home to Scotland she feels it's her duty to help care for the wounded and becomes a nursing sister known only as Elspeth. She's a strong woman and wants to do whatever she can. The training she goes through is interesting to read about.
Elspeth agrees to marry Alain the night before he goes off to war not knowing whether she would ever see him again. This is a sad tale of lost love, loyalty, and much more. Good writing, good storyline. 4 stars!
I received a copy of this book free from William Morrow Publishers in exchange for an honest review.