What The Last Camellia is about:
On the eve of World War II, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?
Over the course of less than two years, Sarah Jio has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With her newest release, The Last Camellia, she proves once again why so many readers love her books. Jio's signature plot device of blending the past with the present is something that works for her and never fails to capture my attention. I do have to say though that I was much more invested in Flora's story than Addison's, as her character really spoke to me. The only quibble I have with Jio's writing is that all of her endings are too neat and tidy for me. I hope that a future book leaves me with an ending that garners an extreme display of emotion from me!!!
Recommend? Fans of Sarah Jio's will enjoy this book and will find themselves rapidly turning the pages, while new readers will question why they waited until now to read one of her novels!!
Souce: Plume via NetGalley
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Plume