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The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlain
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Mar 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle
Read from August 19 to 21, 2010

The Courage Tree grips the reader from the start. It's difficult to stop reading.

Janine and Joe are divorced and have usually agreed on the course of treatment for their sick 8-yr. old Sophie. This time, however, Janine has Sophie undergoing a targeted herbal treatment. Sophie has been doing remarkably well where nothing in the past has worked for her. Both Joe and Janine's parents are vehemently against this treatment, believing that only conventional doctors know what they're doing and that conventional and experimental treatments are the way to go no matter the cost to young Sophie.

Joe's an angry man. Janine's strength and self-esteem are almost sucked right out of her when she's near him.

Now Sophie's gone missing...

I don't know... What could have been a great story, toward the last part of the book, seemed a bit contrived. It definitely has some "ya right" aspects to it.

This is the first Chamberlain book I've read. All in all, I think she's got talent.

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42.0% ""...he thought it was fitting that she lived in Ayr Creek's original slave quarters. She was owned by the people in the mansion, just as those slaves had been. The difference was, the slaves had no choice in the matter. Janine did. Janine's guilt was her real master.""
70.0% ""...when all you can focus on is what the future holds, you lose today, for yourself and for Sophie. If your life is tied up in worrying about the future, you never enjoy what's possible right now.""
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