For this Thursday’s give away, I’ve managed to get my hands on an advance copy of The Fever Tree, a debut novel set in 19th century Africa.
Here’s the official blurb:
Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men—one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness.
But this is a ruthless world of avarice and exploitation, where the spoils of the rich come at a terrible human cost and powerful men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Removed from civilization and disillusioned by her isolation, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, a decision that has devastating consequences.
I’ve missed those big M.M. Kaye type books– and this one does capture the world of gold rush colonial Africa beautifully. I did find myself frequently annoyed with the heroine, and then had to ask myself whether I would have fared any better in similar circumstances. (I’ve often wondered the same about pioneer America.) Which provides my question for this week….
How do you think you would have fared in frontier territory?
One person who comments will be chosen at random to receive the book. The winner will be announced on Sunday.