The Fever Tree

The Fever Tree

Book - 2013
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Having drawn comparisons to Gone with the Wind and Out of Africa , The Fever Tree is a page-turner of the very first order.
In London she was caged by society.
In South Africa, she is dangerously free.

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 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 of avarice and exploitation, where the spoils of the rich come at a terrible human cost and powerful men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Removed from civilization and disillusioned by her isolation, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, a decision that has devastating consequences.

The Fever Tree is a compelling portrait of colonial South Africa, its raw beauty and deprivation alive in equal measure. But above all it is a love story about how--just when we need it most--fear can blind us to the truth. 

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
ISBN: 9780399158247
Branch Call Number: FIC McVe
Characteristics: 425 p

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blueroo276
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.

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tmb_net
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.

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bloom
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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