Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio + Giveaway!!!

Reviewed by Laura Kay

In 1940, Flora Lewis makes her way from the United States to a country manor just outside of England. Everyone believes she is there to be the new nanny, but she is really working with an international ring of flower thieves. On the estate, it is believed the last know Middlebury Pink camellia plant grows and it's Flora's job to find it. She is hoping to find it quickly and get back to her parents, but what Flora finds is a mystery greater than she ever expected. 

Addison Sinclair and her husband Rex make there way to the country manor her in-laws have just purchased. Addison is running away from her mysterious past, hoping to figure out a plan. As Addison looks around the manor, she finds an old gardener's notebook with some mystery numbers, the couple tries to uncover this secret code. They soon realize they have stumbled upon a  code connected to a half century old crime spree. Addison's past soon catches up with her, just as they begin to put all the pieces together. 

I have loved all of Sarah Jio's books, but THE LAST CAMELLIA was amazing. I had such a hard time putting it down (yes, I always have this problem with her books), but I swear almost every chapter ended with a mini cliffhanger! I was sitting on the edge of my seat, never sure what was going to happen next. I was shocked by Addison's past! 

THE LAST CAMELLIA switches between Flora and Addison's perspective. I really enjoyed how I had no clue how either story would end. I didn't know how everything would tie together. I was on pins and needles. I'm going to be honest and say I couldn't imagine a story surrounding a camellia plant could end up being so mysterious, but it was! Neither of the two women really grabbed me at first, but the more their story moves forward (especially Flora) I wanted them to get out of their situations and fast. 

The ending of THE LAST CAMELLIA was nail-biting good! I kept waiting to end up in tears and it wasn't until those last few pages and I cried, because it really has a perfect ending! A must read! Highly highly recommending! 

psst...just make sure you are reading to read this in just one or two sittings! 

Now how about I give you a chance to win a copy? Giveaway is for US only and no PO Boxes! Good-luck!!!

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  1. I've read Blackberry Winter and loved it! I haven't read her other books, but they're on my to-read list :)

  2. I loved Blackberry Winter by Ms. Jio. It was so engaging and delightful. Would love to win a copy of her new release!

  3. I want to read this book!!

  4. Yes I've read all of her books and loved them all. :) The Violets of March was my favorite.

  5. Loved Blackberry Winter! Can't wait to read the next 2 new ones.

  6. I have not but my wife read The Bungalow and she said it was excellent. I'm betting she would like this one too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I haven't, but heard buzz about Ms. Jio's writing!

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  8. I have not read, but I have been wanting too. They all look so good!

  9. I love Sarah's books too. Great review of this one. I can't wait to get started on it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. Went back and looked the question you asked, whoops. :^) I think Violet of March is my favorite. It hooked me to make Sarah one of my fav authors.


  10. I've not yet read any of Ms. Jio's books, but now there are some on my TBR list!

  11. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Sarah Jio's work, but this premise so intrigues me! She seems like such a kind person, too. Thank you for another great review, Laura! Xx

  12. I haven't read any of Sarah Jio's works. Diane Chamberlain is my favorite author and she actually suggested that Sarah Jio's style was a lot like hers. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  13. I want this book- the cover is so LOVELY. Plus, after reading Blackberry Winter, I love SJ's writing style.

  14. I'd love to win. I've read two of her books and I love to read more.

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