Details ISBN:I9783838758053 7.49 USD Ebook Bastei Entertainment, JKSCommunications
Synopsis: England, 1770. Young gardener Francis Masson is asked by the King to search for a rare orange blossom in South Africa. As his ship departs, Mason has no idea that he’s about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. During his hunt for the mysterious flower, he doesn’t anticipate the untamed nature of the African continent, nor the subtle scheming of competing plant hunters. As he makes the acquaintance of eccentric botanist Carl Thunberg and his elegant accompaniment, Masson’s fate once again takes an unexpected turn …
A lively adventure novel set against the vibrant backdrop of the South African countryside
Thank you to Samantha Lien from JKS Communications as well as netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I thank NetGalley as well because I couldn’t get on with the version that I received from Samantha due to its PDF formatso I downloaded a copy from NetGalley.
This books cover is absolutely beautiful and I can honestly say that it is the perfect introduction to an absolutely amazing book which is why I have given it 5 stars.
The book started with a bang which kept you wanting more, a man and his son racing home before a snow storm hits and their carriage hits someone. The father is quite happy to leave the person out in the cold and injured but the son insists on going to find him and take him home with them for him to re cooperate. Which is exactly what they do.
Although you don’t know it at the time this man is in fact the person or at least one of the people that the story’s about.
I found it interesting to read about the culture, beliefs and politics of the time, as well as what life was like in Africa.
The twist in the story around the Grandma of the family being the Woman from the story that the Old Man, Masson was telling them was really grate. This was grate because when he was saying about how he had spent the rest of his life travelling to try to find her because she was his true love you felt really sorry for him. But then when it came to pass that the Grandmother was her I felt he could finally be happy at last.
This story was a beautiful one of love, friendship, loyalty, family and adventure. I loved this book so much that there is no doubt that I will recommend it to other people as well as buy it as a gift for others.