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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.

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Lady Elspeth Douglas is in Paris staying with her friend Madeleine when World War I breaks out. As the French army is mobilized, her schoolgirl crush, Madeleine's brother, Alain, declares his love for her. She accepts Alain's ring, but on her journey back to England, she ends up helping wounded soldiers on the battlefield, meeting up with family friend Captain Peter Gilchrist. On her return to England, neglecting to tell her guardian, she joins Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, returning to the battlefields of France. Torn between her growing feelings for Peter and her concern for Alain, who is missing and believed captured by the Germans, she works as a surgical nurse until her guardian learns of her vocation, and, at his request, she is dismissed from the service. Framed by the horrors of the battlefields of World War I, Scottish history, and details of the lives of the hardworking nurses and the deprivations of wartime England and France, this is the story of a strong-willed woman rejecting her privileged background to serve king and country.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist
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