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What it ISN'T is a Charles Todd mystery like the Ian Rutledge/Beth Crawford series.
It is a nice little romance/adventure story written in a style which ought to appeal to someone looking for a light and easy read with a good story and not to much tedious attention to details. It should especially appeal readers who are dipping a tentative toe into historical fiction from that era.
For those of you old enough to remember the Cherry Ames books Lady Elspeth is Cherry Ames reincarnated. Back in the day when I was a young and enthusiastic reader (still enthusiastic BTW) developing my reading tastes and cutting my literary teeth on historical fiction I went through the Cherry Ames books like a hot knife through butter.
For those of you who don't remember them google Cherry Ames and you will see what I mean. If my Granddaughter was still in her teens I would definitely buy this book as a birthday gift as I know she would have loved it.
For folks whose who are looking for a book written about this era but who want more realism I recommend Vera Brittain's excellent book Testament to Youth. That ought to be enough realism for anyone.
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This review is from: The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale (Bess Crawford Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
I don't give out a lot of five star reviews but this book deserves everyone of those five stars. I'm not overly sure why it's called "A Holiday Tale" because it is NOT a Christmas book or any other holiday you can think of story. I can in a way understand being called that, but it is far to complicated to go into here.
This is the story of a young titled English woman living in France when WWI breaks out. She sees the need of nurses and travels back to London to train to become a nursing sister and returns to France to nurse the wounded and dying. She hides the fact that she is Lady Elspeth, from the doctors and other nurses. I'll leave it there but what a wonderful historical novel. I both read and listened to the audible version. The Audible narrator was the best I have ever heard. English, French and Scottish accents were impeccable! I finally gave up reading and listened only. First rate everything. Clean book. No swearing, no violence, no immorality issues. Don't miss out on this book.
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