The Fever Tree

The Fever Tree

Book - 2013
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London, 1880. Left destitute after her father's death, Frances Irvine is forced to abandon her life of privilege and emigrate to South Africa. In a 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 a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness. But this is a ruthless world . . .
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013
ISBN: 9781410459381
Characteristics: 625 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering what would happen next when I was busy with real life. Compelling. Interesting setting.

PoMoLibrary Jul 30, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Julie: Don't normally enjoy historical novels, but this has the feel of a classic. Beautifully and evocatively written.

Feb 15, 2014

I did not find this book compelling at all, maybe because of the 1st person narrative style. I disliked all the main characters, especially the main protagonist, Francis. I found the setting of the diamond mines of South Africa interesting and may look for more books with that setting.

Jun 06, 2013

An excellent read. Had a hard time putting it down! I was drawn in page by page, the characters are unforgettable, the descriptions of South Africa for the time period (1877) put you right in the center of it all. I would look forward to the author's next book.


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