The storyline centres around Linda who returns home to her family’s orange farm for her father’s funeral. After the funeral she finds that her father has left her a letter and as his last request he wants her to find out who really killed her brother. Three men have gone to jail for the murder years ago but her father didn’t believe they were the guilty ones; they had been coerced into confessing.
Linda starts asking questions of people and digging in the attic of the family home and uncovers things that make her question everyone and everything as she delves into the mystery surrounding her brother’s death. It’s not a fast paced story by any means but through some twists and turns, finally Linda gives her father the peace he so wanted.
This book was very slow to me and while it wasn’t my favorite read there were also parts I enjoyed. I loved hearing about South Africa and I enjoyed the author’s writing. Her descriptions of the people and the surroundings made me feel like I was in South Africa. I have a few favorite quotes to share…
- ‘I returned to South Africa when the farm was white with blossoms and wildflowers burst from the rain-soaked veld. It was a day when the sky was strangely luminous. Trees moaned and the wind swelled with fierce energy.’ (pg 11, The Scent of Oranges by Joan Zawatzky)
- ‘I took my favorite route along the now bare jacarandas. Their fern-like leaves would appear soon. At the water’s edge I kicked off my sandals, flattened the tall pollen-sprinkled reeds and scrambled into the water. A plump pink water lily floated towards me and I bent to touch my face with its petals.’ (pg 366, The Scent of Oranges by Jane Zawatzky)
Thanks go to Lisa Roe, Online Publicist for providing me with this novel to review.