The Courage Tree

The Courage Tree Eight year old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl Which is why her mother Janine reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop But wh

  • Title: The Courage Tree
  • Author: Diane Chamberlain
  • ISBN: 9780778327417
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eight year old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not with the others Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.But SopEight year old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not with the others Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.But Sophie is no ordinary eight year old She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life despite the vehement objections of her ex husband, Joe Without her medication, Sophie cannot survive long All her mother s instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out.Deep in the Virginia forest, another drama unfolds Sophie finds refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by Zoe, a woman who wants nothing to do with the child Zoe is struggling to save her own daughter from the law, and Sophie s presence jeopardizes any chance of that happening She is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie and only one of them can succeed.

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    1. Starting Words:She would have no music where she is going.Ending Words:And she vowed to reach deep enough inside herself to find the courage that had been there all the time.This is an interesting read,the characters are vivid and loveable, the plot and settings awesome.Though my first book by Diane Chamberlain it won't be the last.I give this book 4 stars.

    2. More like 3.5 stars.This is the story of Janine, mother to 8 year old Sophie, who has been diagnosed with end stage renal disease. Sophie has been taking part in a treatment called Herbalina, and she has made real progress on the treatment. So much so that Janine has let her go to camp for a few days. But then Sophie vanishes, and Janine finds herself in the middle of a nightmare.I thought this was an okay read, but I liked it less as the book went on. None of the characters (apart from Sophie) [...]

    3. I will confess, I do love a Diane Chamberlain novel. She certainly knows how to tell a good story and gets to the very root of the human heart. In " The Courage Tree", Chamberlain introduces us to Janine, a young mother and her eight year old daughter, Sophie. Sophie is wise beyond her years but when a child has spent most years in hospitals battling kidney disease, that will happen. Janine wants desperately to be a good mother and provide normality in her little girl's life. So, when an overnig [...]

    4. Wow, another fantastic novel by Diane Chamberlain - this book was particularly masterful at creating suspense, hope and belief around every corner. I felt such hatred toward Janine's mother throughout most of the book, and almost as much for her fatherI was up and down about how I felt about Joe, Janine's ex-husband, but mostly I understood him, even when I was upset by his actions or words, I understood where he was coming from.I was able to feel his pain and his love and his angerd Joe always [...]

    5. I hated this book. I hated pretty much the whole thing, start to finish. There are two plot threads; both too weak to stand on their own but they're both desperate enough to not belong together. The result is this bizarre "plot". The main plot is this sick girl named Sophie. The second plot is of this woman who springs her murderous child from jail because she believes she's innocent And that all goes the way you'd think.It was predictable and stupid.The thing that made me hate this more is the [...]

    6. The Courage Tree is the story of two mothers, each trying in their own ways to protect their daughters, and realising that the protection they're trying to give maybe not what is needed. Diane Chamberlain intertwines two main stories, with lots of sub-plots that are all neatly tied together at the end.It was okay.Don't get me wrong - this isn't a BAD book. It's relatively well constructed, and the characters are likeable and (mostly) believable. There's a certain amount of suspense, particularly [...]

    7. Possibly a 4.5I typically enjoy most novels by this author. This one was no exception. It was a bit over the top, which is why I didn't go with a full 5 stars. It left me hoping, wondering.I was intrigued over a few things, such as the Gardner, Lukas. You think you have it possibly figured out, then.! Plot twist.

    8. Meh. The book seemed way too long to me. I constantly felt like, how can we be to page 200 and only *this* has happened? So drawn out. I didn't feel that the characters were very well-developed in general, especially Lucas. In short, an awful lot of book and not an awful lot of anything happening. I'd skip it.

    9. This is the first book of Diane Chamberlain's that I've had to say I did not like, hence, the two star rating. I did finish reading it but I was doing major skimming near the end. I'd lost all interest in the story because I knew from early on how it was going to end. Okay, there was one twist that I didn't guess but it was just plain stupid as far as I was concerned. I figured out Lucas' secret long before the author spilled the beans. Not only that, but the main character, Janine (the mother o [...]

    10. I honestly love a Diane Chamberlain book and this was no exception. I was really drawn into all the characters and found it hard to put the book down. I didn't particularly like Janine but I think that made the story more intense.

    11. Eight-year old Sophie should not have to deal with an illness like kidney disease. Her mother, Janine, grasps at straws when an experimental treatment is presented. Over the protests of her ex-husband and her parents, Janine enrolls Sophie in the program at the suggestion of the mysterious gardener at her parents mansion. Because Sophie improves, her mother allows her to attend a weekend Girl Scout camp. This decision upsets her parents and Sophie's dad, Joe. When Sophie doesn't return with the [...]

    12. This novel is deserving of far more than the five stars I gave in this review. What a fantastic and gripping novel! Diane Chamberlain, again came through with a real gem in The Courage Tree.The author always has a way of making me either love, or hate the characters, but I always feel a connection, feel as if I know them. Long after the novel is finished, I find myself thinking of the characters and this novel is no different. The Courage Tree, is one that is full of suspense, drama, twists and [...]

    13. I really enjoy Diane Chamberlain's books. They are engrossing, interesting, and quick reads. That being said, this was not my favorite of her books that I've read thus far. Without giving too much away, there were parts of this book that were just beyond unrealistic. The entire movie star/escaped convict daughter was just ridiculous not to mention everything having to do with one of the main characters. Putting all that aside, the book was enjoyable, just not my favorite as it strayed slightly t [...]

    14. Diane Chamberlain's writing has definitely improved since she first started writing novels. I've enjoyed the most recent ones very much. Earlier ones though, like this one, feel more like a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. A bit too schmaltzy and syrupy for me. That's not to say they aren't readable, as the author is very good at writing opening scenes and chapters that grab my interest and pull me in right away. Hmmah, okay, so maybe I do like a bit of schmaltz and syrup. Maybe just a bit. I don't [...]

    15. The writing was good, I was never bored or frustrated. I liked the characters--even Joe, and Janines parents (I felt that they were very realistic drawn and although I didn't like their negative thinking and blaming, they were real)The story I felt was a bit clichéd. I knew what was coming. There were for me no surprises. And because of this I felt that this story should only receive 3 stars.

    16. This was my fourth Diane Chamberlain book that I've now read and again I was not disappointed. It was a truly wonderful insightful read and it really pulled at my heartstrings. Such beautiful writing and wonderful throughout characters. If it wasn't for work I would gave read this in a day for sure.

    17. oh god I love Diane Chamberlain but this book was just too freakin boring! main character is an annoying whimp and the mystery of the missing child is overburden with unnecessary crap like annoying parents and ex husband. putting this book down after making myself read about 65% of it.

    18. Just another one to prove I love this author! I was in a reading rut and this helped me get out. A fast paced suspense read is what I needed. This author mixes surprises along the way to keep you guessing . I would recommend this!

    19. This was not my favorite book by Diane Chamberlain. It took me a while to get "into" it as the search for Sophie, missing in the wilderness, goes on for most of the book. I did get "into" the mystery surrounding Lucas, another main character. Some of the other characters, such as Janine's parents, felt like they constructed out of cardboard and unlike some of the others, they do not really develop. I did like the medical research that she obviously undertook to write this and there are some nice [...]

    20. I decided to read this book because it mentioned WV in the description. Glad I chose it. It's a moving story that reminded me to always keep the faith.

    21. I liked The Courage Tree a lot. I liked the suspense and the thrill throughout the book. I liked Janines determination to find her daughter too. Even though everyone went against her, she stuck with what she thought, and went to find her daughter by herself in the deep, thick, forest. I think that Zoe saved Sophies live. Sophie also knew a lot about her condition so that helped Zoe out a lot. Zoe had a very tough decision to make, and I feel that she made the right decision. It was either this l [...]

    22. A swing and miss for Chamberlain, an author I typically love. This book lacked the things I typically look for in her work. She usually excels at character development but these characters well flat, dull and mostly obnoxious in an implausible way. Character motivation remained painfully underdeveloped. I just can't take a book seriously where a major character: (character, not plot spoiler ahead) (view spoiler)[ one would rather be perceived as a lazy pedophile rather than a sick man who is sti [...]

    23. I have been on a Diane Chamberlain kick. This one out of all the books I have read of hers was my least favorite but it still was a good story. Janine is the mother who courageously admits her child into the clinical trial of a new medicine against the advice of her ex-husband, Joe and her cynical parents. Because Sophie is doing so well on the clinical trail Janine her mother allows Sophie to go to a summer camp. On the way home there is a car accident and Sophie gets lost in the woods. This bo [...]

    24. This was an enjoyable read by Diane Chamberlain, although not my favourite by this author. It is a story of two mothers who in very different ways and very different circumstances want to save their daughters' lives. Their stories connect in strange and dangerous ways. The characters are well written and rounded and there are quite a few twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. There is also an element of mystery surrounding some of the characters which slowly unwind through the book. Thi [...]

    25. While I found this compelling, wanting to find out what happened with the Sophie, the 8 year old girl lost for days after a camp and needing treatment (I ended up staying up one night to read finish it,)I still didn't find it as satisfying a read as some other Diane Chamberlain books.This was mainly due to the characters. I found the characters of the mother, Janine and Joe, the father of the child and Janine's ex annoying in their bickering and behaviour and the Janine's parents and the grandpa [...]

    26. Loved this! Totally reminded me why I fell in love with this author's books a long time ago. I wish I had as much courage as the little girl (Sophie) does. What am amazing 8 year old! I enjoyed all the characters except for Janine's parents. I felt they were too controlling and downright hateful most of the time.

    27. I genuinely love this author. She weaves such an intricate tale! I love how you have multiple characters about whom you learn. My qualm with this particular book was it seemed a bit farfetched. It does make you think about what decision you might make when faced with a dilemma of dealing with a wrong family member and a right non family member in crisis. 4.5 stars

    28. I do love a DCbook she weaves a great story. I don't usually want to pick faults but with this one I felt frustrated when Janine left the search for her daughter to go with Lucas when she didn't know why he wanted to leave the search campApart from that I enjoyed it

    29. I absolutely loved this book. I've read several of Diane Chamberlain's books and this one is one of my favourites. Gripping story with some characters you really feel for. I wasn't expecting the ending at all. I loved that it wasn't what I predicted. Can't wait to read more of Diane's books!

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