The White Camellia UK ed. Edition, Kindle Edition
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Beautifully written, the climactic scene will leave readers breathless. The characters are well formed, and I found myself drawn deeply in to the story. I felt as if I were there. This is a powerful book worth anyone's time. I didn't want it to end.
Sybyl has taken another huge step in life, she managed to purchase Tressillion House. It's finally hers, but what can she do with it now that she owns it? The property offers several options, but it hides plenty of secrets as well. While Sybyl doesn't want to love the house, slowly she's starting to feel at home nevertheless. Will Tressillion House change the direction of her future and what will happen when past and present finally come together?
The White Camellia is a brilliant story about two strong and capable women. Bea is creative, talented and fierce. She knows what she wants and she's willing to work hard to achieve her goals. Because of family problems life has been difficult, but she's fighting for better prospects. I immediately loved her spirit and her adventurous personality. Sybyl is a smart business woman. She knows how to get things done and she has a good head on her shoulders. She might be angry, but her good heart keeps winning it from the hatred she carries inside. I loved the development of her characters, she becomes more and more intriguing and was anxious to find out her secrets. I loved how Juliet Greenwood alternates between her two fantastic main characters, her writing is both beautiful and gripping and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
Juliet Greenwood has chosen an interesting historical period for The White Camellia. I loved the captivating way she writes about the suffrage movement and the way they come together in the lively tearoom and could easily picture the actions of the women, the fights with the police and the determination of the characters to follow their own plans and make their own choices. Juliet Greenwood effortlessly took me away to a different place and time and managed to mesmerize me from beginning to end. The research behind her stories is always incredible and I love the way she translates knowledge into stunning readable adventures that take my breath away. The White Camellia is another true gem, I loved this book with all my heart.
The book opens in Cornwall, Sybil is a strong independent woman about to buy the Tressillion House. The house and the surrounding land bring up the past for Sybil and the reader is tantilised by hints of a big past secret.
In London, we meet Beatrice Tressillion, a young lady looking for work as a journalist. Feeling threatened in the street, she seeks refuge in a Ladies tearoom called The White Camellia. She is befriended by a young group and they take her along to a meeting of The Suffrage League of Women Artists & Journalists. Bea's eyes are opened and she is inspired by the meeting. Facing a marriage of convenience to a cousin she dislikes just to save her family or stepping out and becoming financially independent herself, Bea becomes embroiled in the day to day fight for the rights to vote and the Suffragette movement.
Back in Cornwall Sybil makes plans for the house renovations and investigates an old mine on her property which comes with rumours of a lost gold seam, she employs Madoc Lewis to help her re-open the mine. But it is the White Camellia which draws people to Sybil and her past secrets to unravel.
I enjoyed the ladies tearoom and the ideas behind The White Camellia, but my favourite parts of the book were Cornwall and Sybil's story, probably because of a personal interest in Cornwall, rather than the harsh dangerous battle which the women of the Suffragettes undertook.