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Let's discuss "The Fever Tree" by Jenniffer McVeigh

  • Oct 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men—one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness.

But this is a ruthless world of avarice and exploitation, where the spoils of the rich come at a terrible human cost and powerful men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Removed from civilization and disillusioned by her isolation, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, a decision that has devastating consequences.

The Fever Tree is a compelling portrait of colonial South Africa, its raw beauty and deprivation alive in equal measure. But above all it is a love story about how—just when we need it most—fear can blind us to the truth.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The book is vapid. The characters aren't developed and the main character was either shallow, self-centered, and/or stupid (but, since she wasn't developed, we're uncertain which of these she was supposed to be. If she was supposed to be any of them). Plot summary: silly girl falls in love with handsome man. Man is a jerk. Man uses silly girl. Man leaves silly girl repeatedly. Man uses others in front of silly girl. Man abuses others in front of silly girl. Man abuses silly girl. Silly girl sees nothing wrong with man. Man kills silly girl's zebra and silly girl is (magically) transformed into a good person (but this is never explored, so you must take the author's word for it). Silly girl falls in love with next man that pays any attention to her. Zebra is still dead. We all liked the zebra and felt bad that it died. The zebra is what we liked about the book. We agreed that there were a lot of interesting topics and possible plots but none of them were taken advantage of.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Andrea F.

    No, we didn't like the book but one poor zebra clearly captured our hearts :) I truly enjoyed it!

    October 15, 2013

  • Beth M.

    Sometimes it's fun to meet friends and discuss how a book could have been so much better written, and laugh. Okay, I haven't published a book, but after we discussed it, I think we were wondering how this book got published. Jenn, a member who attended, not the author, will be posting an intriguing synopsis of the book later.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting everyone tonight!

    October 13, 2013

  • Pratyusha

    sorry i have to go somewhere else n i changed my rsvp. someone else should be able to take up my spot. see you all next time

    October 9, 2013

  • Andrea F.

    Hello Ladies, I had to postpone the meetup two weeks. I sent out a notification via email to everybody who RSVPed for it. If you can't make it to the above date, just change your RSVP to "No" and I will refund you. Anyway, hope to see you then!

    September 22, 2013

  • Meoshie B.

    Is this the correct date? It was originally in September.

    September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was wondering the same thing.

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I was just checking to see if a spot has opened. It says there's two spots available.

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, I hope a spot opens up! This looks so good and I'd love to join in the discussion!

    August 24, 2013

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  • Andrea F.
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  • Beth M.
    Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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