About The Book:
Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed.
In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men—one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of an epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does Frances see her road to happiness.
But before she can follow that path, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, between her desire for the man who captured her heart and her duty to the man who saved her from near ruin, a decision that will have devastating consequences.
I didn't know a lot about South African history before going into this novel, and was delighted to find that the author, Jennifer McVeigh, does a wonderful job of including that fascinating aspect to this compelling story.
The characters of the story - the rather spoiled acting Frances, the long-suffering Edwin, and the two-faced William - drive the tale in this pre-Boer War novel. Their triangular love story is at times frustrating, but I loved the satisfying ending. And the secondary characters - the Reitze family, nurse Anna and the loud but well-meaning Mariella - all lend their backstories to flesh out the story.
But for me, it's South Africa that takes a major role - from the diamond mines to the unrelenting desert, from the Dutch colonists to the English upstarts coming in to take over - the history shines like the diamonds that are the treasure sought by so many and the tool of tragedy for so many more. And McVeigh's descriptions pull the reader right into the novel and you can almost feel the sand, the grit, the heat and the overall desolation of memorable African plains through her word painting.
I was absolutely enthralled by "The Fever Tree," and highly recommend it for those who enjoy historical fiction.
About The Author:
Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First in English literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio, and publishing, before giving up her day job to write fiction.
Check out her website at www.jennifermcveigh.com for more info on her work.
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My thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing the review copy of this book and including me on this blog tour.
I was not compensated for my opinion.