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The Courage Tree

Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Summary

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.

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.

©2001 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Well-drawn characters and an unexpected and riveting plot make this a memorable thriller in the tradition of Joy Fielding and Mary Higgins Clark." ( Booklist)

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Beautiful and moving

I love Diane Chamberlain’s books. They are moving and one can always empathise with the main characters.
Sometimes, a little long, they always have that human element that tugs in one’s heart strings. Sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief to allow for poetic licence but I highly recommend this book as well as her other novels

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Compelling Reading

really good book, kept you wanting more withvevery chapter. lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

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Loved this book.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Courage Tree to be better than the print version?

As I am unable to read the printed version, I don't know.

What did you like best about this story?

Kept my interest throughout.

What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

It was beautifully read

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 27-09-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I am obsessed with the books this Author writes! I've listened to more than 1/2 of them in the last two weeks. I love the authors writing style and the seriousness off the books. I'm a romance reader normally but I am loving this women's stories that revolve around the subject matter and not the relationship.

This book kept me up way past my bedtime, I couldn't stop without knowing everything would be ok. The suspense in this story really hooked me. While the actress 7 her daughter in this book was a little far fetched and honestly not even necessary, the main characters made up for it completely.

The narration was good, she did a good job on all the different characters.

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  • Pamela Burns
  • 10-01-16

Really enjoyed

If you could sum up The Courage Tree in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, moving, heartwarming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophie, such a breve girl

Any additional comments?

Not sure why others didn't think this was a good book. I couldn't wait to hear what happened!

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  • Wendi
  • 27-06-19

Diane Chamberlain is Masterful

The Courage Tree is another one of Ms. Chamberlain's beautiful stories of the bond between a mother and daughter, and how far it will go for love and life. A young girl goes missing after a girl scout weekend, and later the car she was last known to be in was found in a ravine, completely burned. The young girl needs dialysis. Even though the police had given up their search, her mother was bound and determined that her daughter was still alive, against all odds.

Ms Chamberlain is an absolute joy to read/listen to. I love every one of her narrators, and each book I read from her just gets better.

Highly recommend.

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  • Gretchen Cheak
  • 24-04-18

My Favorite Chamberlain!

I have listened to MANY of Diane Chamberlain's books and this is by far my favorite. Sometimes her writing can be a tiny bit predictable. I didn't find this book predictable in the least. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Lisa
  • 06-09-16

Wonderful book

Stick with this book. There are frustrating people that you want to lash out at & a main character you support with all your heart. There is a mystery man that has an interesting story when it finally comes out.
I don't think I've heard a bad Diane Chamberlain book yet!!! I'm off to decide on my next one!

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  • Linda
  • 08-08-16

Loved it

Loved it. The story is very compelling. Narration is very good. Listened twice so I didn't miss anything.

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  • Sarah
  • 30-06-16

Great read

This book kept you on the edge of your seat. It was a great listen highly recommend. A great ending in the last chapter.

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  • Yikes
  • 29-06-16

Enjoyable

Not quite edge of your seat material but suspenseful at times. There were a few interesting twists but most were predictable. At one point I thought the story was headed in a different direction and was a little disappointed when that wasn't the case - it would have rated 5 stars if the camp councillor had played a bigger part in the disappearance! Overall, quite similar to a Danielle Steele without the time gaps - the whole story plays out within a month.

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  • NK
  • 03-10-19

Good book but not great

I love Diane chamberlain but this was not one of her best. Interesting story but had some soap opera elements. Like when points were repeated unnecessarily to dramatize things. Parts were too sappy for my taste. Mixed feelings re narrator. She clearly is talented re doing the different voices. But I felt she overdramatized things at times. More annoyingly, most of her intakes of breath were too audible. I don’t regret reading this but expected much better based on the other DC books I read. But this is one of her earlier books. She clearly is much better now.

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  • jennifer wilson
  • 05-06-19

great story

loved this story along with all the others I have listened to by the author.