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Summary

From best-selling author Diney Costeloe, a young woman fights to save a treasured war memorial and uncovers a tragic story that reverberates from World War I to the present day.

'This is our secret, pet. You mustn't tell anyone about us planting this tree for Dad. It's our secret.'

1921. In the sleepy village of Charlton Ambrose, eight ash trees stand as a timeless memorial to the men killed in the Great War. On a dark and chilly night, a ninth tree appears. Who planted it and why? And who was 'the unknown soldier' for whom it is marked?

2001. Eighty years later, the memorial is under threat from developers. Local reporter Rachel Elliott is determined to save it and to solve the mystery of the ninth tree. The trail will take her into the dark heart of her own family history, to a great but tragic love and to a secret that has been kept since the war to end all wars.

Previously published as The Ashgrove.

©2009 Diney Costeloe (P)2009 Soundings Ltd

Critic reviews

"A powerful and moving account of the brutality of war itself." (Tony Benn)

"This book bears powerful witness to a grave injustice." (Martin Bell)

"Diney Costeloe has tackled an important subject. We should never forget this terrible injustice." (John Humphrys)

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Emotive and well written.

Thank you for this book. I read it after the second St Croix book (world war two) as I was so impressed with the writing. I could not put this first book down and not only will it remain with me for a long time I will research further the Shot at Dawn campaign. Thank you for this very well written book which is narrated extremely well.

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Very Emotive

I loved this story and have to say I was brought to tears at one point. The narration was perfect

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Tragic

I know this is fiction, but it’s such a real story; the iniquity of shooting so called deserters is hard to forgive,

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excellent

a very good story I could imagine myself there in the field hospital, it was sad in places but with a happy ending.

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A Moving Account

So absorbed in this story, the narrator very good - a voice for easy listening. The story is so poignant, its certainly thought provoking and touches the heart. God Bless all who found themselves in a similar situation. Thanks to the author for a great read.

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Book 1 of series. Excellent, Interesting, Humbling

Again, Diney Costello takes you back to a time in early 20th century history, that is not mapped out in history books by the powers that be, but is realistic and daunting laced with poverty, politics, suffering and human kindness.
The hidden secrets that go against the grain of high society, but that are the truths of the foot soldiers and lay persons. This story brings qualities of humanity and faith to the forefront of dictatorship and obligation.
A recommended read for man or woman of any age.

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griping

gripped from the begins. lots of twist. I've read alot of her books. I would definitely recommend this author.

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least we forget

this was a thought provoking story that makes you relise things are not always as they seam. Highly recomend

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Poignant timing to end the book

I’ve just finished listening to another fabulous book from Disney Costello. I think this may be the one I’ve enjoyed the most so far.
How fitting that today is 11th November?!
Throughly enjoyable story, again kept my interest throughout. Such a sad story and had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.
Wonderful, definitely recommended

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Marvellous story

Thanks for a really enjoyable read with the story of brutality of first world war woven in, love Dokey Costello books

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Heroes

This was a deeply touching story. Shooting young soldiers for desertion was one of the horrors of war and it is good to see this injustice brought to light. Molly and Tom were compassionate people in a time of great cruelty, and their love shines high above the darkness of war. Good story. Thanks.

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  • 07-01-22

Thoroughly entertaining

I think the plot was great and Ms. McKenzie does a fantastic job with all of the characters - male or female. Loved it!!

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  • 05-09-21

great historical fiction

looking for a great read/listen to... don't pass it by. I have read a lot of WW2 stories and this was an interesting story based on WW1.

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  • Mosey's Mommy
  • 30-06-21

Excellent Read

This book was very carefully, thoughtfully, and tenderly written. It's the first book I've read by Diney Costeloe and I'm very impressed by her talent. I plan to read all of her books. Highly recommended!