The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Publication Date: 2013
From the publisher:
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 an epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does Frances see her road to happiness.
But before she can follow that path, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, between her desire for the man who captured her heart and her duty to the man who saved her from near ruin, a decision that will have devastating consequences.
This one was slow to get going and I’m not sure it ever really captured me. It was OK and maybe even a little better than OK.
The main character was one of those I wanted to slap. Naïve I can understand, continually making stupid decisions annoys me. Although the two men she was involved with weren’t exactly prizes either. One was a jerk and the other seemed to think that she should be able to read his mind.
Nevertheless, Frances did grow up a bit through the course of the book and that was good.
I did enjoy the setting and the history of South Africa. The author based parts of the story on real events. Her research and writing kept me interested even though I disliked the main characters.
It had its moments but I just wish there had been more of them.