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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551667991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551667997
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012


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'So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.' - Candis

'An excellent read.' - The Sun

'This complex tale will stick with you forever'. - Now

'Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult.'- --New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe

'Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem.' -Literary Times

The story is seamless... The plot is absolute genius. Chamberlain has written an intriguing page turner that is extremely difficult to put down.- --ManicReaders.com on Secrets She Left Behind

'Emotional, complex and laced with suspense, this fascinating story is a brilliant read' - Closer

'Chamberlain puts so much grit, emotion and drama into her books that it's impossible to stop thinking about the plot.' - Heat

'This compelling mystery will have you on the edge of your seat.' - --Inside Soap --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Diane is the award-winning author of 14 novels - including The Lost Daughter, The Bay at Midnight, Before The Storm, Secrets She Left Behind, Breaking the Silence and The Lies We Told. Her background in psychology and work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.
Diane is the author of The Lost Daughter, Keeper of the Light, Breaking the Silence, Secrets She Left Behind, The Midwife's Confession, The Lies We Told, Before the Storm, The Shadow Wife, The Good Father, The Bay at Midnight, Kiss River & Her Mother's Shadow. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain and her books, and so I was very excited about starting The Courage Tree.

Janine's daughter Sophie, like any child, wants a life full of fun and adventure, and so Janine lets her daughter go on her first camping trip away from home. But when Sophie doesn't return, Janine is thrown into a battle against time, as her Sophie isn't like the other children, she is suffering from a rare kidney disease, and every day her daughter is missing is one day closer to her death...

This is an EXCELLENT story, I was hooked from the first page and quickly drawn in to Janine and Sophie's life. It is a book where once you pick it up, you will find it VERY difficult to put down. I read the book so quickly, I raced through the pages because I needed to know what would happen next.

The Courage Tree is very emotional, my heart ached at the thought of Sophie missing, and I really longed for her parents to find some answers, I really felt for the heartache that Janine and Joe (Sophie's father) were going through, and it spurred me on as I was desperate to know where their daughter was. Janine was a particularly well-writen character, I could feel the fear and the tension radiating from her as she raced against time to discover more about the whereabouts of her daughter

Diane Chamberlain has really excelled in this book. I liked that as well as the main story line, there was the issue of medical care explored too, and whether alternative medicines and studies can be beneficial, with the characters sharing opposite views on the treatments that Sophie can receive - this was particularly interesting to read about. I also loved the story behind the title of the book, The Courage Tree and I thought it was a wonderful touch to this novel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By june gudgeon on 15 Jan 2014
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a five star read all the way to the final word. this book jeopardized my early nights as I couldn't put it down. a great mix of tension, cautionary tales, life lessons and the meaning of love.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a story that I got totally lost in. Full of tension and drama it is a story that is every parent's worst nightmare; Janine's eight year old daughter Sophie has disappeared on the way home from camp and to make matters even more terrifying for her family, Sophie has end stage kidney disease and needs treatment fast.

The story is one of a family coping in these circumstances - the blame, the guilt, the pressure but most of all, the lengths a mother will go to in order to save and protect her child.

At the same time there is a subplot unfolding in the background. Zoe is an aging actress and, just like Janine, she is prepared to do anything to save her daughter, Marti. Eventually these two stories merge in the build up to what is a very dramatic, moving and satisfying ending. My only negative feeling about the book is that I would like to have seen what happened to Zoe in the end. I didn't really like the way I was told about the climax of her story.

All in all though, this is a really good, moving read. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris McCormick on 20 Dec 2013
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This book was a wonderful story well written by Diane Chamberlain in her usual wonderful way. Keeps you hanging in the edge if your seat the whole way through. If you are a mother I dare you to try reading it without a tear in your eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Kerr on 1 Mar 2014
Format: Paperback
I was already a fan of Diane Chamberlain when I began this book, little did I know that this would become my new favourite by this author!

I found this book to be fantastic, I finished it in less than 24 hours because I just couldnt put it down! I was constantly intrigued and on edge, wanting to know what was happening next and the answers to lots of questions which came up. I really liked the twists and turns which revealed themselves when I least expected it.

The beginning of the book starts with a character who is then not spoken of for a while, I was unsure of what this character had to do with the main story for a while, but all makes sense later on in the book.

The book is really well written, it is easy to follow and evokes emotions in the reader. There is enough detail that I feel as though I am there with the characters, yet there are gaps left so that you can fill in the rest using your imagination.

I didnt want this book to end, and I know that I will be re-reading it very soon because I enjoyed it that much
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb 2014
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I was hooked by the story and the lives of the characters and the plot turns out to be more intricate than I first expected which was great and very satisfying. There were a couple of moments in the story where I wanted more of a reaction from the characters or a more dramatic portrayal of events but the realism would probably have suffered for this so I suppose I'll go and get my drama fix from something trashier. Overall this was a very engrossing read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2014
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When Janine allows her very sick daughter Sophie to go on a camping trip and she does not return so begins the worst nightmare any parent could possibly imagine. Sophie has a rare illness that needs constant care and for every day she is missing is a day nearer to her death.
I love every novel this author has written, this one though I thought was exceptional. I always feel that Diane Chamberlain manages in her writing to get deep into the heart of the matter. A sensitive story, beautifully told.
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