The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale

The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale

by Charles Todd


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062236876
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 216,859
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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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The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
A change of pace for this mother-son author team: A love story, rather than a mystery. But still set at the start of World War I, with insights into the British class system and the horrors of war. It is the story of Lady Elspeth Douglas, torn between the attractions of two men, duty, and the iron hand of her guardian stifling her independent nature. Just before the outbreak of war, Elspeth is in Paris, at the behest of her pregnant friend who is awaiting the birth of her first child. After the baby’s birth and the German invasion, she attempts to return to England. Along the way she voluntarily becomes involved in the hostilities, bringing water to the troops. There she meets Captain Peter Gilchrist, setting up an emotional conflict with her fiancé, Alain, to whom she sort of became betrothed the night before he left to join the army. When she gets back to England, she decides to become a nurse, and serves well in France, until her guardian decides that that is not an activity fit for a lady. “The Walnut Tree” is an emotional tale from several points of view. And it is told without embellishment, simply and in a straightforward manner. And the writers couldn’t resist introducing a mystery, even if only in passing. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an unrepentant Todd  /Ruthledge addict.  With the next Ruthledge mystery scheduled for release on January 29, 2013,  I had picked up The Walnut Tree just to get through the withdrawal pangs.  In that, the novel has done its job.  I am not trembling.  However, this is a milk toast of a story, and if you need a stiff shot of Rutledge, this will not do.  Still, it is a Charles Todd milk toast and in that, it is satisfying.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Todd so I don't have comparisons to make, but this was a beautiful story. I didn't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paris and the battlefield of ww1 come to life. The sadness of love, loss and discovery mesh with vivid description. I have enjoyed todd's other books very much. Lady Elspeth Douglas is charming, well drawn and real. I hope there will more stories about her and her highlander's.
icm1955 More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book,i really enjoyed it.i just couldn't wait to see what would happen next. A good clean read.
pattyb41 More than 1 year ago
The author captured real life feelings for that time frame. Could see the caracters and places come alive. Would definitly read more of this authors work.
Stepupgramma More than 1 year ago
Charles Todd (and his Mom who co-write two series) have written The Walnut Tree as a separate entity to the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series. I enjoyed the Crawford series - WWI nurse experiences who also solves whodunits - and half way through the Inspector Rutledge series. The writing is always excellent, although sometimes Todd rambles on with scenery descriptions, but the brilliance and the fun in all these books is the characterizations. They are bitey - compassionate - mean and nasty - haughty - and alway entertaining. What makes The Walnut Tree different is not the characters, for they are all true Todd creations, but the aberration of the plotting, which was similar in setting but different enough to keep the reader involved.
hbmari More than 1 year ago
The Walnut Tree is very much like other Charles Todd books. It has interesting characters, a pleasant main character who gets involved in solving a mystery in a WWI setting. It seems a little far-fetched that the lady drives alone all over the country and bumps into familiar acquaintances in that period of time, but it is still a good story. Charles Todd readers will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to step away from, but to short and the plot dosent thicken.
rughooker2003 More than 1 year ago
I have not finished the book as of this date, but I am enjoying it greatly.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this era and subjects formatic and generally depressing. This should have been two stand alone novels or two separate books boxed.
Auntie-K More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Charles Todd for a few years and have loved both Bess Crawford and Inspector Rutledgek, so I was looking forward to reading "The Walnut Tree." But, I was disappointed -- not only because Bess Crawford was a peripheral character -- but also because Lady Elspeth suffered too much introspection -- especially about her love life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Charles Todd's books, felt that this one was not really worth the time, a bit too much "True Romances" for my taste. Just filler before their next "real" book, which I am looking forward to.
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Walks in