I have been so lucky lately to be reading really good books that weave the past and present together and The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio is yet another one. I picked up the audio version of the book narrated by Justine Eyre and while I’ve never listened to anything by her before I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to again. She has a great voice that can take on different tones and emotions and I think a lot of my enjoyment of the story came from her telling it. The Last Camellia is a beautifully written and told story that captured my heart.
Addison, a garden designer, is dealing with a past that is threatening to overwhelm her so she suggests to her husband Rex that they take a trip to his family’s manor house in England and stay for a while until she can figure out what to do. Upon arriving at the manor Addison is completely taken with the gardens and wants nothing more than to restore them to their former glory. As she’s wandering around the manor she stumbles upon an old gardener’s handbook from the 1940’s that appears to be written in some kind of code. Her interest is piqued and she sets out to decipher it but how long will it be before her past catches up to her?
Going back in the past to the 1940’s Flora has come from the United States to the same manor house that Addison is living in now. While everyone believes she is there as a nanny, she really isn’t. She’s there to find the Middlebury Pink camellia plant that has been rumoured to grow there. Flora needs to find this plant and get it to the people who want it in order to save her own family back home but what she finds is so much more – a mystery that she feels compelled to solve.
Spanning two time periods and two women who are searching for the truth The Last Camellia is a haunting novel of love and romance with a touch of mystery. Well worth adding to your summer reading list!
The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio is touring with TLC Book Tours so be sure to check out the other tour stops. You can connect with Sarah on her website, Facebook and Twitter. You can pick up your own copy of this wonderful book on Amazon, Amazon Canada, and as a note the audio edition at Audible is at a great price!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada)
I have 5 copies of The Last Camellia to share with my readers! To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment telling me what your favorite flower is. Mine are lilies.
- Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on August 10/13. Good luck!
Source: Review copy was provided by TLC Book Tours and the Publisher however the audio edition was purchased by me. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.