Addison's secret past is about to catch up with her so she jumps at the chance to "hide" at her in-law's recently purchased English Manor--Livingston Manor. A garden designer by trade, Addison falls in love with the manor's beautiful gardens and especially the orchard of camellia trees. There is something strange and mysterious about the manor and in her research Addison will discover it's secrets.
In the early days of World War II, Flora, the daughter of a New York baker and an amateur botanist, takes a job that makes her uncomfortable. A thief has threatened and bribed her to pose as a nanny for the Livingston family so that she might be able to determine if a very valuable camellia--the Middlebury Pink--is located on the estate. She is to find it and steal it. While shady, the job seems simple enough but Flora doesn't count on falling in love or the dangerous mysteries surrounding the manor.
Atmospheric and mysterious, Sarah Jio delivers a compelling read once again with The Last Camellia. I always enjoy Jio's books. There is an easiness and comfort to them that makes them feel immediately like old friends. Not to mention, the covers are always so inviting.
The Last Camellia captures the essence of an English manor with the quirky characters and spooky mysteries. The main characters are likable and while they each have their own complex lives and occasionally make unwise choices, there are easy to root for. The mysteries surrounding Livingston Manor are not as predictable as I originally assumed. The Last Camellia is definitely worth reading this summer. Slip it in your bag when you head to the beach.
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**I received a copy of The Last Camellia in exchange for my honest review.**