The critically acclaimed debut novel The Fever Tree, by Jennifer McVeigh, a Richard and Judy bookclub pick. 1880, South Africa - a land torn apart by greed...Frances Irvine, left penniless after her father's sudden death, is forced to emigrate to the Cape.
In this barren country, she meets two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by ideals.
When a smallpox outbreak sends her to the diamond mines, she is drawn into a ruthless world of greed and exploitation, of human lives crushed in the scramble for power.
But here - at last - she sees her path to happiness.
Torn between passion and integrity, she makes a choice that has devastating consequences..."Place and people come alive in this book...a gripping story." (Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter). "I loved it. It's a beautifully written novel of great feeling." (Rachel Hore, best-selling author of The Place of Secrets). "Engrossing, emotionally poised and elegantly written - I absolutely loved it." (Vanora Bennett, author of The People's Queen). "A compelling read with a Gone with the Wind feel to it - I was hooked." (Katharine McMahon, author of The Alchemist's Daughter). "An epic story of love, deception and courage." (Patricia Wastvedt, author of The German Boy).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780670920907