Book Review: The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain

Call me a shallow reader, but I do love some authors like Diane Chamberlain and Dorothy Koomson. There is something about their books that appeal to me. And when I love an author’s works, I end up picking up their works again and again.
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Janine has just sent her eight year old daughter, Sophie on a Brownie Camping Trip. A big enough event for most parents, but it has even bigger implications for Janine as Sophie, has never been on a trip like this before. Sophie is a very ill child, with a Kidney disease that has no known cure. She has been severely ill and used to need dialysis on a daily basis until Janine put her on an experimental treatment that met with severe opposition from both Janine’s parents and her ex-husband, Joe. That this treatment seems to have helped Sophie cuts no ice with Joe or her parents who are not comfortable with the fact that Janine has chosen an alternative treatment which nobody else has ever heard about. Even worse is the fact that it was Lucas, a gardener who introduced Janine to this alternative treatment.

Now, in addition to the treatment, Janine also took the decision of allowing Sophie on a trip away from home. Janine only wanted Sophie to live like the little girl she is, but for both her parents and Joe, it is an unthinkable option – sending an ill child to a camp! Janine goes to pick Sophie up, from the pick up place, only to find Sophie missing. Things are bad enough when a normal child goes missing, but for Sophie, things are much more dangerous. She could die if she does not have access to treatment.

Janine is desperate, she needs to find Sophie, and she needs to find her fast. She refuses to believe that Sophie is dead. Janine has to search and find her precious daughter before it is too late.

Just as Janine is struggling to find and rescue her daughter, there is another mother who is trying hard to save her own daughter, even if it means that another mother’s daughter must die for her daughter’s safety. Would she be big enough to think of someone other than her own daughter?

A story that is guaranteed to tug at your heart-strings. Janine’s vulnerability and her strength are both beautifully brought out. The dilemma that Janine faces, the uncertainty of the choices that face her, and the way she faces the situation that confronts her.. It’s a beautiful book, another Diane Chamberlain book that is un-put-downable. Absolutely engaging and completely gripping, till the very end. A book I raced through, because I couldn’t not know what was coming. Completely worth the read it was too. A book I would definitely recommend if you like books of this sort. A 4/5 read for me.

About the author
Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides. She is an author of 22 novels. She usually writes about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends.

This book is available from Amazon(UK).

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