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Diane Chamberlain
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The Courage Tree

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  5,446 Ratings  ·  454 Reviews
It is Every Mother's Nightmare...Only Worse

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 We
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Mira Books (first published February 1st 2001)
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Dec 14, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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Oct 21, 2016 Bodosika Bodosika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
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
Sep 18, 2012 TamElaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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 father...I 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 anger....and ...more
Jan 26, 2014 E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, reviewed
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
Sep 18, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly a 4.5.....I 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...nope! Plot twist.
Aug 23, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2012 Lauralee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
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 ...more
Sep 15, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Hmm....yeah, okay, so maybe I do like a bit of schmaltz and syrup. Maybe just a bit. I ...more
Jeanne Adamek
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.
Jul 16, 2014 Giedre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Apr 11, 2013 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 23, 2017 Jeannette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alexa Greening
Sep 04, 2014 Alexa Greening rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Korey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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) ...more
May 21, 2008 Darby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance, 2008
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 ...more
Shelagh Rice
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 ...more
Dale Harcombe
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 ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2015 Kirstie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 camp

Apart from that I enjoyed it
Jan 18, 2012 Chrissi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 14, 2015 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by this author.
Apr 11, 2011 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really liking how Diane Chamberlain writes. She sucks you in from the begining and keeps you that way until the end. I really enjoyed this book and their were things that you didn't expect.
Laura Pizzie
Aug 16, 2013 Laura Pizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Probably the best book I have ever read!!!
Sep 08, 2014 Josina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book that I couldn't put down. Definitely a must read :)
Sally Hepworth
Aug 19, 2014 Sally Hepworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
Diane Chamberlain never disappoints. I loved this suspenseful tale that anyone would enjoy. 5 stars.
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and ...more
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