The last camellia – Sarah Jio


On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes. More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

My opinion

If I had to pick one type of book to read for the rest of my life, it would be a book like ‘The last camellia’ by Sarah jio. This book has everything I love about a book: history, intrigue, secrets, romances and even some thriller elements. I want to read more of these kinds of books!

You may have read my blog on Tuesday, the interview with Sarah Jio. This was truly amazing and I cannot wait to read all her other books.

I love the UK and when a book is set there, it makes me insanely happy. Sarah Jio has written the story so well that you can imagine the whole setting from the first page on. The story is set in two different timeframes, which makes it even more interesting. You want to find out what has happened to Addison and what has happened in the forties at the mansion.

Because you wanna know what happened, you keep on reading. But that’s not the only reason why. Sarah Jio has written not only an exciting story, she’s found the (for me at least!) perfect combination of a detective, which I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning till the end! I cannot wait to read more of her books.


‘The last camellia’ by Sarah Jio is the perfect novel for me: one with intrigues and a detective element. Exciting, touching and the history of the mansion made me thoroughly enjoy the book!


The last camellia by Sarah Jio
Published by Plume Books
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9780452298392

You can buy the book at Book Depository, here.

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