The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

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Post  WRB on Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:17 am

This is a story of loyalty, sacrifice, and love with an added element of mystery. The story takes place - past-present - at an English country estate, Livingston Manor in Clivebrook.

2000 - New York City - Addison, a garden designer, married to a writer, Rex Sinclair, was being threatened by her dark past. She harbors some deep scars of fifteen years earlier. Filled with anxiety, Addison convinces Rex to take a trip to England to get away from her threats. Rex and Addison arrive at Livingston Manor, a house laced with secrets, and they soon become involved with the mysteries surrounding the mansion.

1940 - New York City - A wonderfully portrayed character, Flora Lewis, lives in the city with her parents. They have a bakery, but are having serious financial difficulties. Flora is contracted to commit a crime - to identify the rare camellia plant and report back to a ring of flower thieves. If she succeeds, she will be able to pay off her parents debts. She travels to England and arrives at the country estate. She is hired as a nanny to the Livingston children. Flora becomes involved with the mystery involving the death of Lady Livingston and the disappearances of several local women. The story unfolds as England is preparing for the atrocities of war as the Germans are quickly advancing.

It took me some time before I became fully engaged in the storyline. I felt some parts were forced and it didn't have a good flow. But, the individual stories were beautifully woven together with a crescendo of suspense at the end, which I absolutely loved. Because of the perfect ending, I would rate this book 4 stars. It might not be one of Sarah Jio's best, but it is certainly worth your time to read.


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