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The Fever Tree [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer McVeigh
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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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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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 )

About the Author

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.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670920894
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076O2VDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 9 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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gone with the wind in the velt 28 Sept. 2012
By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE
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I liked this book, the story kept me engaged and I was interested in the colonial rush of the Victorian age; the greedy hope to exploit resources to the maximum for personal gain and justify it as progress. The story follow a young lady born in London at the fringes of society, a society mother and a working class father, who is brought up to have expectations which are dashed when her father dies. When reality hits and she has two options to live a life of drudgery in a backstreet in Manchester or take a boat to South Africa and submit to an arranged marriage.

The book follows her outbound trip on a steamboat shipped-out together with a group of other young ladies all looking for marriage as a way out of worse alternatives and supervised by a nun. The start of the book focuses on her onboard romance, her arrival and unhappy marriage and the reality of colonisation. There are those westerners looking to bring civilization to the natives and those looking to exploit them and their resources to the maximum. Along the way we have a well described and convincing view of life, of the grubby existence in towns and hard graft required to run a farm in the beautiful if barren open spaces of the velt. Our two love interests reflect these opposite approaches, her husband who she can't connect with on many levels and the rich attractive young rake she meets on the boat out to the Cape.

The problem with the novel is that it's that the author has gone for a pot boiling love story a sort of Gone with the wind where our heroine fights to choose her man. That's ok, but our heroine is no Scarlett, she's weak, a bad judge of character, selfish and not very redeeming - so I wondered what the men really saw in her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fever Tree
A story of a woman,Frances, who in grieving for her a father who loved her, sought love. She thought she had found it in William and refused the gentle love of Edwin. Read more
Published 14 days ago by swansong
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
I thought this was a truly wonderful book - emotional and atmospheric, beautifully written.
Published 19 days ago by BookLover
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In my top 5 of best books
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Stavert
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Very interesting. Well written, good and vivid description. Strong suspense!.
Published 1 month ago by Monique Burchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book I thoroughly recommend it
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down so much so that I re read it straight away. I can't wait until Jennifer McVey writes aother book. Read more
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Good story, Very realistic description of various settings.
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Absolutely Brilliant!
Buy this book, I loved it and enjoyed every minute of it!
Published 3 months ago by Max Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely light reading. Most enjoyable and not predictable. ...
Lovely light reading. Most enjoyable and not predictable. I give the book 4 and a half stars for a new author and look forward to her next one.
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good holiday read
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