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The Fever Tree
by Jennifer McVeigh

Published: 2013-04-04
Kindle Edition : 432 pages
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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, ...
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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.

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Cecil Rhodes and the history of the diamond business.
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  "The Fever Tree"by wlreader (see profile) 06/21/16

Many interesting topics incorporated into the plot. Everybody liked this book but it didn't produce much of a discussion.c

 
  "The Fever Tree"by Silversolara (see profile) 02/08/14

Beautiful, powerful, mesmerizing....

From England to South Africa. From wealth to poverty. From being happy and content to being unhappy and resentful.

Frances had no choice but to m



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  "Overuse of adjectives and a distinctly familiar plot"by brightpoweruk (see profile) 12/10/13

The idea of living as a maid for her aunt forces talentless and orphaned Francis to reconsider an unwelcome marriage proposal. She has been left impoverished after a life of privilege and id... (read more)

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