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L'enfant des Bois

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Sophie, 8 ans, veut vivre comme tous les enfants de son âge malgré une insuffisance rénale et des soins réguliers. Pourtant, quand elle disparaît pendant un camp scout, sa mère, Janine, est submergée par une angoisse mêlée de culpabilité. Zoe, de son côté, s'apprête à accueillir sa fille en cavale. Ancienne actrice adulée par Hollywood, elle a renoncé au confort de sa vill ...more
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Published January 8th 2004 by Les Presses de la Cité (first published February 1st 2001)
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TamElaine
Oct 31, 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
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
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E
Apr 03, 2016 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
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Megan
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.
Judy
Apr 08, 2015 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
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Cardmaker
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
Lauralee
May 24, 2013 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
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Sara
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
Giedre
Jul 25, 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.
Alexa Greening
Oct 01, 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
Darby
Aug 23, 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
Kirstie
Jul 11, 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
Diana
Aug 13, 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
Katherine
3.5. Guilty pleasure - Christmas holiday indulgence!
Pauline
Aug 15, 2015 Pauline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read by this author.
Vivienne
Apr 22, 2015 Vivienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was areally could not put it down book, Diane Chamberlaine at her best
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
Margaret
Jan 31, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Sophie is no ordinary eight-year-old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental
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Sonya Dawley schulte
This was my second book to read by Chamberlain, and I can officially say I am hooked! I am a big Jodi Picoult fan, but having finished all of her books, I searched for similar authors and came across this author. She has a completely different style to her writing and her characters carry quite different personality traits than Picoult's, but something about their writing is similar. I would have liked to have seen Janine assert herself in some way when it came to her ex and her parents. That di ...more
Carissa Lusk
I've heard such great things about this author and that she is compared to Jodi Picoult (whose books are a guilty pleasure of mine). Add to the equation that I am a WVa native and love to read books from my home state. So with all these expectations laying on this book's paperback cover, I was excited to crack open this title!

But it fell flat.

My main beef is with Janine. Oh, how the book mentions so many times that she was a teenage rebel. Then she serves in the Persian Gulf war. How did that s
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Julia
Mar 01, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was already a fan of Diane Chamberlain when I began this book, little did I know that this would become my new favourite by this author!

I found this book to be fantastic, I finished it in less than 24 hours because I just couldnt put it down! I was constantly intrigued and on edge, wanting to know what was happening next and the answers to lots of questions which came up. I really liked the twists and turns which revealed themselves when I least expected it.

The beginning of the book starts wit
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Lindee
Oct 18, 2014 Lindee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book, kept me engaged throughout, wondering what would happen next. Diane chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. She has the ability to create characters and tell a story that you are never sure where it will go or end up.

The characters in this book you fell in love with and hated at the same time. Sophie was such a strong little girl, Janice was strong but a lot of the time you wanted to shake her when she was being so submissive with her parents and Joe. Lucas you
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Smitha
May 01, 2014 Smitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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. T ...more
Gurdeep Assi
Feb 11, 2015 Gurdeep Assi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving this book Five Stars! This read was amazingly intriguing that grips you from beginning to end. Janine wants to give her 8 year old daughter Sophie a normal life to live as she suffers from a rare disease and needs constant care. The nightmare begins when Janine allows Sophie to go on a camping trip and she doesn't return from it. Each day Sophie is out there missing is another day a danger for her health. This is where the suspense starts...it left me surprised with it's twists and turns. ...more
Josina
Sep 24, 2014 Josina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book that I couldn't put down. Definitely a must read :)
Chrissi
Jan 21, 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!
Tatum Williams
May 21, 2015 Tatum Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book “The Courage Tree” by Diane Chamberlain. It will definitely keep you from putting it down about halfway through. It teaches you to never give up knowing the strength of anyone you know. I plan on reading for of Diane Chamberlain’s books.

Sophie, a young girl with renal-kidney disease is put on a medication study call PRE-5 which in also called Herbalina. Renal-kidney disease is hereditary. Her mother’s parents blame the whole kidney disease in Sophie on Janine. They though
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Karen
Mar 15, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very emotional and gripping story about 8year old Sophie disappears on her way home from her very first brownie camp.
Sophie suffers from end Kidney disease and since starting a new trial of A herb based treatment it is the first time she has been well enough to stay off dialysis long enough for her to go on the annual camping trip.
Her dad Joe and grandparents disagree completely with her mom Janines decisions on starting the treatment and the trip, which proves justified when the guide leader
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Summer
Jul 26, 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.
Hayley Baldwin
Jan 05, 2014 Hayley Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick glance through the various reviews of this book would probably have made me think twice about bothering to read it, so I'm glad I didn't look it up before I downloaded it- I had read (and re-read) one of Chamberlain's other books, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, saw her name and bought the book. It was a good decision and I'd recommend you do the same.

It isn't the most well-written book I've read, in that the characters aren't highly developed, but I think this lends itself to the sto
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Diane Chamberlain is the 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 sisters, and fr ...more
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