Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: The Fever Tree By Jennifer McVeigh

A Novel

By: Jennifer McVeigh

Published: April 4, 2013 


This seems to be the season for debut authors, and I have another one to share with you today. I am sure we will be hearing more from Jennifer McVeigh in the future.

I have started reading THE FEVER TREE and am already wrapped into Frances's story.  I am just under one hundred pages which is my guide for whether I am going to finish a book or not.  If it hasn't grabbed me by then, I don't finish it.  I can definitely say I will be finishing this book, and hopefully soon.  Stay tuned for a full review.  In the mean time, check out the publisher's praise for the book and enter below to WIN YOUR OWN COPY of the book!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. 

Now available in Trade Paperback, THE FEVER TREE by Jennifer McVeigh (Berkley Trade Paperback Reprint; 978-0-425-26491-1; February 4, 2014; $16)!  When it was first released in hardcover last year, raved, “Debut author Jennifer McVeigh has created a fully realized sensory tour of 19th-century South Africa: You feel the grit of each dust storm, taste the mealie Frances chokes down, hear the cicadas scraping through the heat-parched air along with Frances' plaintive piano playing.”  McVeigh’s charmed story of loss and love has also been featured in Good Housekeeping, Women’s World, USA Today,  Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Mail, and more.

With a perceptive and penetrating narrative, McVeigh unspools the story of Frances Irvine, a young Englishwoman forced by hopeless circumstance to immigrate to the Cape in pursuit of a reluctant marriage. There she discovers a strange new world where greed and colonial exploitation are bringing vast wealth to some and dire misery to countless others. As she struggles to find her place in this inhospitable land, Frances tethers her fate to two very different men: one serious and idealistic, the other charming and ambitious. When a smallpox epidemic threatens the financial dynasty of the most powerful Englishman in South Africa, Frances will be cast into a vortex of dangerous consequences—and find an unexpected, purposeful path.

A sweeping novel of romance and South African history that has been compared to Gone with the Wind, The Thorn Birds, and Out of Africa, THE FEVER TREE is an epic, heart wrenching tale not to be missed.

Jennifer McVeigh - source

About the Author:
Jennifer McVeigh, who has herself traveled to remote areas of Southern and East Africa, also drew on firsthand accounts of life in colonial South Africa, as well as nineteenth century guidebooks and women’s magazines, in order to infuse Frances Irvine’s experiences with arresting verisimilitude.  You can find her on the web at   

Now for the best part, you can WIN YOUR VERY OWN COPY! All you have to do is fill out the form below.  The giveaway is open to US residents only.  You may enter the giveaway only once.  The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  I will choose a winner on Thursday, March 6, 2014, using I will email the winner and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner.  This giveaway is made possible by Berkley Books and Penguin Group. I am not responsible for items that are not delivered but will do my best to make sure you receive your prize. 

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