By Charles Todd
"I was once in Paris the day the French military used to be mobilized."
In 1914, whereas traveling her pal Madeleine, girl Elspeth Douglas's lifestyles is thrown into chaos while warfare breaks out and the Germans fast overrun Belgium, threatening France. Having simply agreed to marry Alain, Madeleine's speeding brother, girl Elspeth watches him go away to affix his unit, after which she units out for England, in basic 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 unique kinfolk can hint its roots again to the courtroom of Mary, Queen of Scots--decides to make herself invaluable, 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 protection. yet ahead of they could correctly say goodbye, Elspeth and Peter are separated.
again in London, surrounded through established comforts, Elspeth is haunted by way of the horrors she witnessed in France. She additionally can't omit the gallant Peter Gilchrist, even supposing she has promised herself to Alain.
remodeled via her event, Elspeth is going to London and enrolls in a nursing path, the place she meets a fellow nurse in education, Bess Crawford. it's a bold circulation, made with no the consent of Elspeth's father or mother, her cousin Kenneth, a high-handed guy with inflexible notions of sophistication and femininity.
but Elspeth Douglas is a girl with a brain of her personal, which--as she herself says--is a blessing and a curse. She is set to come 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 fit to forestall her. yet sooner than she will be able to set issues correct with Alain, he is going lacking after which Peter is gravely wounded. In an international jam-packed with terror and uncertainty, can the beauty of affection live to tell the tale or will Elspeth's center develop into one other casualty of this poor war?
A poignant, compelling story brimming with event, chance, and love, The Walnut Tree is a fascinating vacation reward and a superb better half to Charles Todd's acclaimed Bess Crawford sequence.