THE COURAGE TREE
For most little girls, a trip to the Girl Scout Camp would be pure fun. To eight-year-old Sophie Donohue, it is something of a miracle. Since she was three years old, Sophie has suffered from a rare form of kidney disease.
Despite Sophies low survival rate, her mother Janine is not ready to give up. Hearing about a controversial new therapy called Herbalina, Janine starts Sophie on the treatment and within weeks, the child shows a marked improvement. For the first time in her life, Sophie goes on an overnight trip.
However, when the Girl Scouts return from the trip, the car carrying Sophie and another little girl never returns. Neither Janines parents nor her ex-husband wanted Sophie to go on the trip, but no one ever imagined this scenario. What happened to the car? Have they been in an accident or kidnapped?
With Sophie needing her next treat-ment soon, the desperate search takes on added urgency.
Diane Chamberlain pulls out all the stops with this incredibly intense and utterly riveting drama. The emotional turmoil and desperation shown by these characters is poignantly and vividly drawn. (Feb., 384 pp., $22.95) Paperback released January 2002.