Read from February 20 to 28, 2014
Synopsis: Africa: Beautiful, serene … and dangerous
Lives and fortunes change in the blink of an eye.
After suffering a terrible tragedy in her home town, Ellie Hathaway is offered an opportunity she can’t resist. A teaching position in a remote African village, through The Hope Foundation, run by the enigmatic Gabriel Cole.
But dark forces and ambitions were in play long before Ellie set foot on the dusty plains of Africa.
Just as Ellie is beginning to believe she might find happiness again, she realises something is very wrong at the school.
Is Gabriel Cole really the guardian angel everyone believes him to be?
Realising she needs to tread carefully, or put those around her at risk, Ellie starts searching for answers. Then political chaos descends, and Ellie finds herself in terrible danger.
Bookish things: 361 pages. The cover is striking with its simplicity. It really fits with the book and sets the scene brilliantly.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $1.01 or paperback for $9.49
The Palaver Tree provides readers a glimpse into Africa. For those who haven’t been, Wendy’s detailed and rich descriptions should transport you right there. For those who have spent time there (like me!) it will dredge up memories of the amazing country in full colour and splendour.
I liked the complexity of the deception and the twisted logic of the antagonist. It was all rather cold-hearted and calculating. The kicker in the end, I must admit, did cross my mind at the beginning of the book, but I promptly shelved it when Africa came into play.
It seems to me that Wendy loves gardening or plants, because the descriptions of all the plant life was quite extensive. I would argue that it was perhaps a little too much? I am not a gardener, so the actual names of all the plants got a little much. I’d have much preferred images to the names. Painting the scene with description rather than names I didn’t know and had to look up.
The story began a little like ‘the real housewives of rural England’ which immediately put me off, but it quickly went past the gossip and moved onto the real story.
There were a few things I noticed:
6% – “…it was what Edith wanted; biodegradable. ” closing speech marks are on the next line.
Check speech marking for entire story.
22% – check ‘ usage around to do list.
50% – “No, but It (it) makes…’
57% – ‘But no.; (extra punctuation)…’
Chocker = chockers
87% – ‘Two men (took) hold of Marc…’
88% – Ellie is wearing a skirt, but her ‘pants’ are wet.
**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**
Have you read any books set in Africa? It’s an amazing place. Check out Wendy’s book if you’d like to get a taste of what Africa is like.