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THE LAST CAMELLIA
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Jio infuses her haunting story of love and loss with an engrossing mystery that will linger long after the final page. She makes both heroines immediate, believable and deeply sympathetic despite the generational divide, and her plot twists create a subtle connection between them and ratchet up the tension.
As the Second World War begins, Flora arrives at a dark, imposing English country house to serve as nanny to a family broken apart by secrets — and to locate the last surviving specimen of a rare camellia for a ring of flower thieves. Though her new life offers the potential of love, all her dreams are threatened by a series of crimes. Over half a century later, garden designer Addison arrives at the manor, eager to escape her complicated past and help her husband, Rex, with his new novel. But when they unearth Flora’s story and the unsolved crimes that still haunt the manor, will Addison be able the escape the same evil that threatened Flora? (Plume, Jun., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Bridget Keown
Published: June 2013