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- ISBN: 9780399158247
- ISBN: 0399158243
425 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2013.
|General Note:||"Amy Einhorn books."|
|Summary, etc.:||South Africa, 1880. Frances Irvine, destitute in the wake of her father's sudden death, is forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Cape. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men, leading her into the dark heart of the diamond mines. Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences.|
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The Fever Tree
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In this accomplished first novel, McVeigh portrays the life of Francis Irvine, whose father has died and left her destitute As a woman in Victorian times, her two choices are to become an overworked nanny in a relative's household or to marry a distant relative, a doctor, Edwin Matthews, and emigrate to South Africa. She chooses marriage and while on the ship to South Africa becomes enamored with fellow passenger William Westbrook. Selfish and pampered, Francis struggles with her impoverished life as a doctor's wife, while retaining her connection with William and ignoring evidence that he might not be the man she thinks he is. After Edwin becomes involved in treating a smallpox epidemic that might bring down the diamond industry, Francis has to choose between the two men. McVeigh skillfully depicts the era and the geography, describing brutality, racism, epidemics, the diamond trade, a drought, and the landscape. Jayne Paterson reads smoothly and unobtrusively. Verdict Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction. ["Although it is crafted around a protagonist who is naive to the point of frustration and while the story line is slow to get off the ground and requires much patience on the part of the reader, the writing is solid and delivers in the end. Fans of historical fiction with romantic elements will enjoy this one," read the review of the Putnam hc, LJ 3/15/13.-Ed.]-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The Fever Tree
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McVeigh's distinctive first novel is a lush, sweeping tale of willful self-deception set against a political attempt to hush up a smallpox epidemic for personal wealth in late 19th-century South Africa. Frances Irvine is left destitute by her father's death after he loses his fortune in railroad speculation in England. Her choices are to leave London and go to Manchester as an unpaid nursemaid or to travel to the Southern Cape of Africa and marry Dr. Edwin Matthews, a family friend. Frances chooses Edwin, though she dreads the prospect of being his wife almost as much as staying in England. Aboard ship, she falls for William Westbrook, a lively man who sees opportunity in Africa. Once in South Africa, Frances refuses to help run the house, is disgusted by her husband's quest for justice for the Boers, and is easily swayed by pro-colonial arguments. It's difficult to retain sympathy for Frances, who refuses to face her mistakes for much of the book. By the time she takes an active part in her life, the reader is nearly out of patience. However, the sensory detail and sweep of the novel are exquisite, particularly for a debut. Agent: Stephanie Cabot, the Gernert Company. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.