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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Fiona Hardingham Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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You’re going to love Todd.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The critically acclaimed creator of the Inspector Ian Rutledge and battlefield nurse Bess Crawford mystery series, Charles Todd now offers readers a bittersweet love story and romantic mystery that unfolds at Christmas during the dangerous opening days of World War I.  The Walnut Tree is an unforgettable story of a woman who puts herself in the line of fire for the sake of wounded soldiers and falls deeply in love with a man who may be forbidden to her.  For anyone who has fallen under the spell of Downton Abbey, and for all the fans of the British-set mysteries of Elizabeth George, Anne Perry, Ruth Rendell, Martha Grimes, and Jacqueline Winspear, The Walnut Tree is essential reading.

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  • “Framed by the horrors of the battlefields of World War I, Scottish history, and details of the lives of the hardworking nurses and the deprivations of wartime England and France, this is the story of a strong-willed woman rejecting her privileged background to serve king and country.”


  • “Charles Todd’s ability to portray the period of WWI is a triumph, and Fiona Hardingham’s quiet, emotionally charged performance brings every detail of this moving love story to life.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vickie | 2/17/2014

    " This story was a romance rather than a mystery although Bess Crawford does make a brief appearance. It was merely okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book - I love historical fiction and this one was about WW I and the nurses' heroic work. The love interest was entertaining and the inclusion of Lady Elspeth getting involved in the war effort despite her wealthy background was gratifying. Being a nurse, I was again proud of my profession for the contributions they made under the worst conditions. This was a great, light read, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanna | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very fast read. I was somewhat discouraged to see that it was marked "romance" at my library but I read it anyway. I won't give away any of the story but only the comment that our communications today have really changed the world and would have changed this and many other stories and books I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie Maskus | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoy reading a mystery by the mother and son team of Charles Todd, but the Ian Rutledge series are my favorite. This is a short, Christmas novella, just the recipe for the winter season. This is a part of the Bess Crawford series that writes of the nursing women during WWI. This book features a fellow worker of Bess Crawford, a Lady Elspeth Douglas, a Scotland aristocrat. The story is endearing with Elspeth's dilemma of loving two men. "

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