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The Fever Tree [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer McVeigh
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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There is nothing more exciting than a new writer with a genuine voice. I loved it (Julian Fellowes creator of Downton Abbey )

A beautifully written novel of great feeling (Rachel Hore, author of A Place of Secrets )

A gripping story, vividly written - I found myself thinking of its scenes long after I had turned the last page (Kim Edwards, Author Of The Memory Keeper's Daughter )

An epic story of love, deception and courage (Patricia Wastvedt, author of The German Boy )

A compelling read with a Gone with the Wind feel to it - I was hooked (Katharine McMahon author of The Alchemist's Daughter )

Engrossing, emotionally poised and elegantly written... I absolutely loved it (Vanora Bennett author of The People's Queen )

Bewitching tale of loss, betrayal and love (Vogue )

Epic, enchanting, emotional and engrossing (Easy Living 'Must-read of the Month' )

The Fever Tree is a skilled unfolding of a woman's struggle with desire, class divide and disease in 19th Century South Africa... the journey, like the landscape, is thrillingly huge: one of love, self-knowledge, human and political self-respect. Frances treads out every step - a naive and intriguing character who brings alive a momentous - and appalling - part of history (Financial Times )

The subterfuges and instability of the diamond industry are engrossing, but it is McVeigh's attention to the material culture of South Africa that really fascinates: no object is too small to attract her notice, and through accumulation such objects become evocative and strangely moving... The Fever Tree is well worth reading (TLS )

Fever Tree serves up all the delicious elements of a romantic classic, seasoned by evocative prose and keen moral commentary. Gobble it up and then shelve it next to the Brontë sisters (Hillary Jordan, bestselling author of Mudbound )

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The critically acclaimed debut novel The Fever Tree, by Jennifer McVeigh.



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



'There is nothing more exciting than a new writer with a genuine voice. I loved it' Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey



'A compelling read with a Gone with the Wind feel to it - I was hooked' Katharine McMahon, author of The Alchemist's Daughter



'A skilled unfolding of a woman's struggle with desire, class divide and disease in 19th Century South Africa' Financial Times



'McVeigh's attention to the material culture of South Africa that really fascinates: no object is too small to attract her notice, and through accumulation such objects become evocative and strangely moving - well worth reading' TLS



'An epic story of love, deception and courage' Patricia Wastvedt, author of The German Boy



'A bewitching tale of loss, betrayal and love' Vogue



'Epic, enchanting, emotional and engrossing' Easy Living 'Must-read of the Month'



'An unforgettable journey into a heart of darkness: romantic and tragic, a tale of honour and redemption, it leaves wide vistas of a harsh yet beguiling landscape shimmering in the imagination long after the last page is turned' Deborah Lawrenson, author of The Lantern



'All the delicious elements of a romantic classic, seasoned by evocative prose and keen moral commentary. Gobble it up and then shelve it next to the Bronte sisters' Hillary Jordan, best-selling author of Mudbound



Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First in English Literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio and publishing, before giving up her day job to write fiction. She has travelled across East Africa and South Africa, often in off-road vehicles, driving and camping along the way. The Fever Tree is her first novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670920908
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076O2VDM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
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Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a First in English Literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio and publishing, before leaving her day job to do an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

She has travelled in wilderness areas of East Africa and Southern Africa, often in off-road vehicles, driving and camping along the way. The Fever Tree is her first novel.

Learn more at www.jennifermcveigh.co.uk

Or connect with Jennifer on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JennferMcVeigh

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 22 Aug 2012
By Maggie VINE VOICE
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Fascinating insights into the world of diamond mining in South Africa overlaid with the personal story of Frances, the young English girl forced to emigrate and marry a man effectively against her will, the only alternative being a life of drudgery in Manchester. Her new husband turns out to be an idealist, prepared to put up with penury and terrible living conditions in his pursuit of truth, setting himself against the rich diamond mine owners who wield all the power. Frances is just about coming to terms with her life and her marriage in a tumbledown cottage on the veldt when she finds herself moving to a tent in the midst of total squalor - no wonder the girl brought up in polite London society finds it hard to cope. And always in the background is the romantic figure of the man with whom she had a shipboard romance, promising to take her away from all this. So yes there are cliches, in the sense that shipboard romances and loveless marriages were fairly common currency in Victorian times, when women were beholden to men for their very survival.But this does not in any way detract from a powerful story in which, in the end, true love prevails.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut (four and a half stars) 8 Feb 2013
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Following the untimely death of her father Frances Irvine is left alone and penniless; the choices before her are bleak and limited. With nothing left for her in England she accepts an offer of marriage from Dr Edwin Matthews; however, it is a marriage which Frances feels trapped into, and she struggles to adapt to the harsh realities of her new life in South Africa. Hardly helping matters is her secret burning love for the dashing William Westbrook, whom she meets upon her voyage to the Cape; a man who is worlds apart from her husband, and whom she simply cannot banish from her mind. Caught between these two vastly different men, and in a land corrupted by the greed of the diamond mining industry, plagued by smallpox and left famished by drought, Frances finds herself on a path to self-discovery!

Set in the 1880s, The Fever Tree is a sweeping and epic tale, and one which readily draws you in; from the high society of London to the stretching plains of the African veldt and the ramshackle tents of the diamond mining town Kimberly, the scenes simply burst into life almost as if you were watching them on the silver screen.

McVeigh captures the horrors and atrocities, the poverty and disease, the human corruption and exploitation at hand in South Africa commendably,whilst at the same time painting its natural beauty and resilience.It all plays as a brilliant backdrop for Frances, who at the start of the novel is nothing more than a rather over-indulged and self-absorbed Englishgirl, to begin to slowly appreciate the wider world around her; and the story is really about her gradual evolvement into a more mature young woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fever Tree 4 May 2013
By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When Frances Irvine's father dies she is left penniless. Her father was a good man who provided well for her whilst he was alive, but unknown to Frances he had made some bad investments just before his death. Frances is forced to sell off the family home, business and possessions. Faced with having to live with her maternal Aunt and act as an unpaid nursemaid, Frances accepts a proposal of marriage from Edwin. Frances doesn't love Edwin, in fact she doesn't even like him, but she feels that he is her only chance in life. Frances sets said to South Africa to join Edwin who is a Doctor.
Almost the whole of the first half of the book concentrates on the voyage to South Africa where Frances meets William - a wealthy, well-respected man who shows an interest in her.

The story continues in South Africa, with a love-triangle story that the reader can see coming for miles. The background setting is wonderfully described and evokes a real sense of place for the reader. However, the characters are irritating, weak and annoying beyond belief. I don't expect to like every character in a novel, but I actively disliked the main players in this story. This made it fairly difficult for me to actually care about the story. Although Frances is intelligent with a mind of her own, she shows little in the way of compassion for others and comes across as very self centred. The male characters are charmless and quite flat.

Fans of historical fiction would probably enjoy this novel far more than I did. It is not badly written at all, it's an easy and fairly quick read, but I didn't find it a satisfying or particularly enjoyable one.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'lite' book about some big themes 5 Nov 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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It's 1880, and when Frances' father dies, she goes to South Africa to make a new life for herself. Caught between two men (of course), she has to face choices, learn to judge character, and develop an emotional maturity of her own.

This is nicely-written and feels like it takes its example from classic nineteenth century novels: the writing is very descriptive, overly so in places, and the whole thing has quite a leisurely air about it.

Sadly, Frances doesn't have the charisma of authentic nineteenth century heroines: she's naive, judgemental, frequently rather silly, and I was never really convinced by her story, especially the scenes on board the ship. The two men in her life fare better, however, and there's a nice tension between the way they appear at first sight and the way they develop.

The book gestures towards big themes - capitalist colonialism, the plight of South African `natives' - but only in a very `lite' way.

So this is more than a chick-lit style historical romp, but it doesn't ever become intelligent literary fiction - I enjoyed the story well enough as an entertaining read but it won't linger in my mind: 3.5 stars from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling
this book was recommended by a friend,I knew little of the history of the diamond fields,and South Africa,this book opened my eyes!! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Anne Gillanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book
This was promptly delivered, and in good condition. A very enjoyable read- teaching me much about south Africa during that period. I loved it!
Published 12 days ago by Jo Cursley
3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
A lovely read, thoroughly enjoyed the book, a lovely story of a marriage and 2nd chances. The growth between two people
Published 25 days ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read
An excellent book which kept my interest through to the last page. I learnt a lot about the history of Britain and South Africa as well as the endurance of human beings.
Published 28 days ago by Mrs Wendy Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written, fascinating book . I highly recommend it. Waiting for her next book. This one being her first. Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by Lesley Berridge
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
Great read. Convincing characters- just wish it hadn't finished so soon. South African Sense and Sensibility in lots of ways!
Published 2 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it
I loved this book, the characters are good and enjoyed reading about the hardship in Kimberly during the Diamond Rush
I learnt a lot as I never realised how primitive the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Plunkett
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
this is the first time I leave a comment on anything but I feel that I have to!
A lovely and gripping story! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Olexova
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative read
I enjoyed this book with its insight into life in Kimberly during the heady days of diamond mining. The characters were raw with little compassion and this helped to emphasise how... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wicked Thumbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching story
This writer writes in beautiful poetic prose capturing the life and the wildness of Africa. A true page turner. Read more
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