Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 24 May 2012

From the review pile #2

From the Review Pile is a new meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.

The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity. 

Says SOOTP "I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!"

This week, I am going to showcase one book I've been really looking forward to reading.

The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh - published by Viking

Synopsis from Goodreads:
1878. South Africa. A country torn apart by greed. Frances Irvine, left destitute by her father's sudden death, is forced to travel from the security and familiarity of her privileged English life to marry Edwin Matthews, an ambitious but penniless young doctor in South Africa. They are posted to a smallpox station on the vast, inhospitable plains of the Karoo but she is so caught up in her own sense of entitlement and loss of status that she cannot recognise its hidden beauty nor the honour and integrity of the man she has married. All her hopes for happiness seem destroyed when her husband exposes the epidemic that is devastating the native community in the diamond-mining town of Kimberley. Here, the gleaming houses of the rich disguise the poverty of a labour force under coercion, and Frances is drawn into a ruthless world of wealth and opportunity, where influential men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Passionately caught up with the man her husband is fighting to bring down, she must make a fateful choice. "The Fever Tree" is a powerful and moving novel set against the raw backdrop of nineteenth-century Colonial South Africa, its deprivation and beauty alive in equal measure. Above all it is an achingly poignant love story, saving the best and most profound moments of truth and redemption until the last pages.


  1. Ooh, I hadn't heard of this one before. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it. I love the title!

  2. Uh oh. I'm finding a lot of new reads this way...a lot that I hadn't heard of before! :P Great pick! It sounds very interesting!

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Jen :) Yes it's a great way of finding out about new reads but most of us have already got big piles of books to read...!

  3. Ooh- I hadn't heard of this one either. Sounds good though. Hope you get time to read it soon!

  4. I haven't seen this one around before. Have fun reading. Here's my From the review Pile

  5. This sounds really, really good. Definitely going to add it to my wishlist. I've been doing a lot of that lately!


  6. First time coming across this book. Hope you'll read it soon. :)

    Michelle's From the Review Pile


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