This week I am working my way through The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio. For some reason, I haven’t had a lot of reading time that’s why its taking me a while to get through this novel. But this really is an excellent book, probably my favorite of Sarah’s- I’ve read all of them!
GOOD READS SYNOPSIS: On the eve of World War II, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.
More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?
MY THOUGHTS: I just love a historical novel woven into a contemporary story. I am really smitten with this book. Sarah does a fabulous job of writing both Flora’s story and Addison’s, establishing suspense in both. I’m almost done, I cant wait to see how it plays out!
Forever, Interruptedby Taylor Jenkins Reid is about Elsie, who meets and falls in love with Ben in a total whirlwind. Soon after falling madly in love, they get married but then Ben dies. Unfortunately, Elsie and Ben’s mother have never met- she doesn’t even know about Elsie’s existence let alone a marriage. Their marriage and relationship only lasted a few months so Ben’s mother, Susan, feels Elsie isn’t entitled to anything. The book is really about Elsie grieving and having a relationship with Susan. Interspersed is the romance between Ben and Elsie, the reader gets to see how these two fell in love quickly.
MY THOUGHTS: This book was good and kept my interest all the way through. I have to give the author props for putting a spin on the typical ‘husband dies and wife must carry on’ book that I’ve seen before.
The Never List by Koethe Zan has been touted as a spine chilling thriller so I was nervous reading it especially after watching the intense movie, The Call (which is really good). This page turner certainly has some twists and turns!
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the “Never List”: a list of actions to be avoided, for safety’s sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism.
Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn’t make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors—who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
MY THOUGHTS: Yes this was creepy but luckily I didn’t have nightmares although if you saw The Call, there is a freakishly scary cellar that brought vivid images to mind while reading this. A quick read!