The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio
A Novel

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It's a great book to read in the summer as the two women who love gardens just might inspire the reader to get out a trowel and do some planting! Or weeding, at least.
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"Terrific … compelling … an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance, this book is hard to put down." --Real Simple

On the eve of the Second World War, 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?

Fans of Downton Abbey should rush to pick up this novel.
 
 

About Sarah Jio

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Sarah Jio lives in Seattle with her husband, their three young children, and a golden retriever named Paisley.
 
Published July 1, 2013 by Center Point. 381 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 18 2013

The images of the flowers, the landscape and the manor house are vivid and make for a tantalizing read.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 29 2013

Jio...stumbles a bit in her latest effort but not enough to deter her many fans.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jun 01 2013

It's a great book to read in the summer as the two women who love gardens just might inspire the reader to get out a trowel and do some planting! Or weeding, at least.

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Good
Reviewed by Bridget Keown on Jun 07 2013

Jio infuses her haunting story of love and loss with an engrossing mystery that will linger long after the final page.

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Amster on Jun 07 2013

If you're looking for an entertaining summer read, definitely check out The Last Camellia. Sarah Jio is a great writer and I have a feeling she'll be sticking around for a long time to come!

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