Sunday, December 22, 2019

Book Review - The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

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During World War II, the rare and last surviving camellia specimen of the Middlebury Pink has been hidden away on an  English estate. Flora is an American baker at her struggling family bakery. Someone from an international ring of flower thieves promises Flora a solution for all her problems. All she has to do is pretend to be a nanny for a family and find out where the Middlebury Pink is hidden on the estate. 

Half a century later, a garden designer Addison and her husband, Rex live in the manor owned by Rex's family. Addison immediately falls for the manor's gardens. However, when they come across an old gardener's notebook, they realize they have a mystery on their hands. The notebook chronicles a string of women who have gone missing. Will Flora be able to find the flower and rescue her family? Will Addison be able to solve the mystery behind the missing women?

A few pages into this novel and I couldn't wait to read more. I wanted to know more about the missing women. However, about a third into the novel, I realized the novel kept dragging without any new details to keep me hooked. While the novel solved a few mysteries in the end, I felt like it was too perfect that characters coincidentally just run into ran into each other. I felt like there were too many subplots and none of them were defined enough to be enjoyable.

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