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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Walnut Tree - Giveaway and Review

I believe it's official. I am a complete Charles Todd fan now. I believe I've read at least 5 of his books and his writing style is incomparable to any other author I've read. Each time I read a Bess Crawford book, I truly believe I am seeing and hearing things from the characters own point of view and that's why I believe his books are so addicting. You begin to care about the characters, in this case Lady Elspeth Douglas, who is struggling the social binds that require her to marry into her social status while being care for by her Cousin Kenneth since her parents have both passed away. Now at the height of World War 1, in 1914, Elspeth finds herself in France caring for her dear friend Madeline, who has just learned her husband is being called up for duty and must leave just as she is about to deliver her first child.

During her stay with Madeline, Elspeth becomes enchanted with Madeline's brother, Alain who she also learns is about to leave to join the war. On their last night together, Alain asks Elspeth for permission to court her when he returns from the war, and offers her his mother's ring as a token of their promise, which she accepts. Alain begs her to return to England fearing that the Germans will overtake the city of Paris soon and he won't be able to protect her. She promises she'll return once Madeline has the baby.

As Elspeth begins her journey home to England, she encounters some of the horrors of war, too many wounded dying men in desperate need of care and very limited resources. She offers what care she can as she comes upon the victims trying to find a way back across the English Channel but soon finds herself in danger and an unlikely hero in a childhood friend, Peter Gilchrist who saves her from being shelled while caring for the men. He helps secure her a way back to England but not without their being a spark of feelings between the two. Elspeth feels she can't commit to Peter even though she possess a different more strong sense of affection for Peter, because she has promised herself to Alain.

However with the war continuing Lady Elspeth feels she can't simply return to her life of luxury while so many are in need, so she attempts to find a way to join the nursing corps but without securing the permission of her Cousin Kenneth she won't be able to based solely on her social status. But Elspeth is determined to find a way to help those that she deeply cares for that are serving in the war, and nursing seems to be the only open door for her to learn the fate of the men she is torn between.

In the novel, The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd is a poignant, compelling tale brimming with adventure, danger and love. This is a enchanting holiday gift and a wonderful companion to Charles Todd's acclaimed Bess Crawford series. Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. I received The Walnut Tree compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and I can honest say this one was a heartwarming 5 out of 5 stars. I love historical romance novels with the World Wars as a perfect backdrop and this is no exception!

For more information on The Walnut Tree, Charles Todd, or where to pick up a copy of this wonderful novel today, please click on the links below:

You can also find Charles Todd on Facebook by clicking here.  

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062236997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062236999
Thanks to the generous folks at William Morrow, they are offering a giveaway copy of this Holiday novel to one lucky winner of my blog, Reviews From The Heart. Here's your guidelines to enter:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or have a US shipping address. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. Leave a comment below telling me why you'd love to win a copy of this book along with your email address. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

I will notify the winner when the giveaway ends on November 9th by email and post this to my Facebook page, Reviews From The Heart as well. 


  1. I am a follower :)
    This sounds like such a good read. Since I was in London and Paris last summer I think I would enjoy this. Also I have been watching Call the Midwife on PBS and I'm beginning to get very interested in Europe back in the days.....

  2. I am a follower, and I really enjoy your book reviews! Why would I like to win this book? To try out a "new-to-me" author! I don't think I've read anything by Charles Todd. Just the lovely cover of this one interests me!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

  3. Hello! I'm a new follower from over at Book Blogs. I'd be thrilled if you would stop by my blog for a visit and follow if you'd like! :) Here's the link: MaMa's Book Corner

  4. I'm a follower and an email subscriber. I would love to read a book by this author.
    Please enter me!
    dancealert at aol dot com

  5. Thank you so much for the reviews, I absolutely love books set in the WWI era! I am a follower and I live in the US :)

    crazi.swans @ gmail dot com

  6. I follow this blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx and I have a U.S. mailing address

    WWI is a very interesting time indeed. There was so much change happening in the world then and many of the results of that conflict we still see today. My wife and I both find that period in history fascinating. I'm sure we'd really enjoy The Walnut Tree.

    Please enter my name for the chance to win this excellent-sounding book.

  7. Sounds like a great book. I am looking for new authors because I average reading a noval in about 1 to 2 weeks. I goggle up all the books and I am usually waiting for the next releases. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    Janet Cowan

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  9. I love historical fiction, especially WWI and WWII.

  10. I am a fan of Charles Todd I absolutely loved his book Unmarked Grave and would absolutely love to win The Walnut Tree. I love his writing style. I am a huge lover of historical fiction it is my favorite genre. I am so happy to have come across your giveaway thank you for having it. Please accept my entry.


  11. Beautiful review. I adore historical fiction and especially war time Britain. I'm not familiar with Charles Todd, but this sounds simply fantastic.

    I follow with google reader.


    2 Kids and Tired Books

  12. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  13. I would love this because I love novels set during this era of time.

  14. I am a follower and live in the US.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  15. I follow by GFC and email.

    I've heard that Charles Todd's books are very good. I would love to read this one. It sounds like a book I would enjoy!

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  16. I'm a follower of this blog. I love popping over and reading your reviews... you always have wonderful insight to the stories!
    I'd enjoy this book... historical fiction is my favorite genre!
    lisa dot otis6 at gmail dot com


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