Last year I read (actually, listened to a great audiobook version) Sarah Jio’s Blackberry Winter. I loved it! When offered a copy of her newest book, The Last Camellia, I didn’t hesitate. I found similarities in the style of both of these books, and what I didn’t notice until later, is that the books are actually mostly free of language or sexual content, which I don’t miss at all when it’s not there.
The Last Camellia presents the stories of two women in alternating chapters. Both Addison and Flora live in the same home in England — Flora as a nanny and Addison as a visitor to the home that her husband’s family has recently acquired.
They both are involved in trying to find out more about the rare Middlebury Camellia reputed to be on the property. Both have secrets that haunt them while they are there. As the stories unfold, we also find out more about what the women are hiding and why.
This novel combines the best of historical fiction with a contemporary setting as well, featuring romance, family drama, mystery and suspense. The story wrapped up nicely, but not in a completely predictable way. Like I said, after reading two of Sarah Jio’s books in the last year and a half, I’m a definite fan.
This video trailer gives a tease and really sets the stage. It makes me want to be there right now!