Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh


  Another (short) book review
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh. A novel starting in London society but mainly set in 1880's South Africa. Frances Irvine is left penniless when her father dies and faces a choice of living as a maid  with an aunt or marrying Edwin a distant cousin who is a doctor in South Africa.
She chooses the latter and boards ship to make the long journey with the " ladies middle class emigration society".
The story ranges from diamond mines to a smallpox hospital and The Karoo -one hundred and fifty thousand square miles of barren landscape. Because of a man she met on the ship and the conditions Edwin has chosen for them she is unhappy and hopelessly out of her depth.
 I guess this is two steps up from a romance story but as it based on factual background I learned some of the  history of South Africa and the lives of immigrants.
I'm pleased to say it has a proper happy ending!

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  1. Sue, I read this book some time ago and I too enjoyed it, mainly for the same reasons as you.

  2. I love a proper happy ending to books and films. Can't cope with sad endings.


  3. I loved this book, it is one I've kept ... What an excellent film it would make, too!
    Margaret P

  4. The Karoo is one of my favourite places.
    To visit, especially now in winter when the aloes bloom.
    But when we drive across country, and I see a road winding off to a distant unseen farmhouse I wonder about that life.

  5. I thought I had The Fever Tree on my TBR (to be read) shelf, but maybe It's on my Amazon Wush List!

    1. I wonder if it might be a bit like The Painted Veil by Sonerset Maugham - a favourite (which has been filmed).