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 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.
Deep in the Virginia forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie finds refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by Zoe, a woman who wants nothing to do with the child. Zoe is struggling to save her own daughter from the law, and Sophie’s presence jeopardizes any chance of that happening. She is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie…and only one of them can succeed.
I’ve yet to be disappointed by this author. I think her stories are just wonderful. Always so much emotion and fantastic character development. I felt like this one is a little unique with its story line as well. I also enjoyed the Zoe story line. I did initially wonder “what the…” with the prologue and then the first few chapters, however once I understood how it was tied in, it ended up being one of my favourite parts.
I didn’t guess “The Tree House Man” story line, which I thought was great. I loved how we got to see Joe’s character mature.
Have you read this one?
I rated The Courage Tree: 4/5 stars