By Charles Todd
"I was once in Paris the day the French military used to be mobilized."
In 1914, whereas vacationing her buddy Madeleine, girl Elspeth Douglas's existence is thrown into chaos whilst conflict breaks out and the Germans quick overrun Belgium, threatening France. Having simply agreed to marry Alain, Madeleine's rushing brother, girl Elspeth watches him go away to hitch his unit, after which she units out for England, in simple terms to discover herself trapped at the French coast.
stuck amid a sea of stranded tourists, terrified refugees, and wounded males overflowing the port of Calais, the stressed Elspeth--daughter of a Highland aristocrat whose exotic kin can hint its roots again to the courtroom of Mary, Queen of Scots--decides to make herself valuable, sporting water to weary infantrymen close to front. it's an act of charity that just about will get her killed whilst enemy shells start to explode round her.
To her rescue comes Captain Peter Gilchrist, who pulls her clear of the conflict and leads her to security. yet earlier than they could safely say goodbye, Elspeth and Peter are separated.
again in London, surrounded via conventional comforts, Elspeth is haunted via the horrors she witnessed in France. She additionally can't fail to remember the gallant Peter Gilchrist, even supposing she has promised herself to Alain.
remodeled through her adventure, Elspeth is going to London and enrolls in a nursing direction, the place she meets a fellow nurse in education, Bess Crawford. it's a bold circulate, made with no the consent of Elspeth's parent, her cousin Kenneth, a high-handed guy with inflexible notions of sophistication and femininity.
but Elspeth Douglas is a lady with a brain of her personal, which--as she herself says--is a blessing and a curse. She is decided to come back to the battlefields of France to do her half . . . and to discover the fellow she has no correct to like, irrespective of how some distance Cousin Kenneth may match to forestall her. yet ahead of she will be able to set issues correct with Alain, he is going lacking after which Peter is gravely wounded. In an international packed with terror and uncertainty, can the wonder of affection live to tell the tale or will Elspeth's center develop into one other casualty of this bad war?
A poignant, compelling story brimming with experience, threat, and love, The Walnut Tree is a fascinating vacation present and a superb significant other to Charles Todd's acclaimed Bess Crawford sequence.
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