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on 21 November 2012
Fans of the mother/son writing team known as Charles Todd will want to add this 'holiday tale' to their Christmas reading list.

I have only recently discovered Todd's WWI novels featuring Bess Crawford - a British World War I army nurse - but quickly became a fan of the series. Todd again explores WWI with a new character.

Lady Elspeth Douglas of Scotland is in France, visiting her fiancee, when war breaks out in 1914. She finds herself stranded, but decides to make herself useful, helping out with the wounded. It is on the battlefield that she comes across old friend Captain Peter Gilchrist. Lady Douglas decides to do her part for the war effort and become a nursing sister - known only as Elspeth Douglas. (Bess makes a cameo as a flatmate.)

Todd weaves a wonderfully rich, atmospheric story of love lost and found, duty, honour, loyalty, and the mores of the time period.

I chose to listen to The Walnut Tree and really enjoyed the reader - Fiona Hardingham. She employs a very proper British accent to narrate that conjures up the time period perfectly. Her Scottish accent for Elspeth was excellent and never faltered. I had a quite definite picture of Elspeth painted in my mind, much of it gleaned from Hardingham's interpretation. Other characters were easily differentiated as she has a quite a versatile voice.

Those looking for a mystery similar to Bess's books won't find it here. (But Elspeth is just as strong minded as Bess!) Instead it's a lovely little historical (and romantic) holiday tale, perfect for a night's read by the tree. Fans of Anne Perry's Christmas tales will enjoy The Walnut Tree.
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on 31 January 2014
I loved this book. I have read all of the Charles Todd books and look forward to each new publication.
This book was a step away from their usual hero and heroine series. It was masterful.
Congratulations and thank you. I loved this Holiday Tale.
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on 11 April 2014
Normally I cannot wait to begin reading this particular author, but this time I felt the story took a bit long to get anywhere and towards the last chapters everything was crammed together, hence the 3 stars.
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on 15 April 2016
A wonderfully moving book simply loved it .Having lived through the second war l felt l understood what the people suffered and their emotions
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on 12 February 2013
Another lovely Charles Todd book. Very well researched as to the peroid. If you like Bess Crawford you will love this.
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on 18 June 2013
Excellent couldn't put it down a great read a story that keeps you wanting to get to the end brilliant
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