The Walnut Tree
A Holiday Tale
By Charles Todd
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062236876, 248pp.)
Publication Date: October 2013
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In the tradition of DowntonAbbey comes this bittersweet love story, set at Christmas during the opening days of World War I
In 1914, while in Paris visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when the Germans quickly overrun Belgium. Made-leine's brother Alain, leaving to join his regiment, has just proposed, and Elspeth sets out for England to tell her family. Instead, she finds herself trapped in the fighting along the French coast, shelled by the enemy. To her rescue comes Captain Peter Gilchrist. But before they can say good-bye, Elspeth and Peter are separated.
Safely in London, Elspeth is haunted by the horrors she wit-nessed in France. And she cannot forget the gallant Peter Gilchrist.
Abandoning her aristocratic world, Elspeth trains as a nurse and returns to France. There, she finds the man she has no right to love, and amid the ferocity and uncertainty of battle, she must decide whether to follow her heart or her duty--or will a cruel war take both men from her?