Friday, August 9, 2013

Top Five Things You Didn't Know About The Last Camellia and Sarah Jio and Giveaway!

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Page Count: 306
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Publisher: Plume (Penguin)

A romantic and suspenseful tale about two women whose destiny is bound across the years
On the eve of World War II, 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?

Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Jio's Newest Novel

  1. The novel is set in the English countryside, and while writing the book, I craved tea constantly! I tend to really immerse myself the setting of my books, and while writing this story, I always had tea on hand, preferably my favorite "Sultry Strawberry" black tea from Tazo. It's so good!
  2. I developed a little crush on a certain character named Desmond while writing the book (shhh! Don't tell my husband!)
  3. The title, The Last Camellia, came to me first, before I even had a sense of the plot or story. I was on a jog in the early spring near my home in Seattle and I happened to run by the most beautiful pink camellia tree. I went home and began researching camellias and learned that there are several extremely rare varieties of camellias in the world, most notably in England, where a few remain cared for in a conservatory for rare plants. I thought, "aha!"
  4. I sneeze, without fail, moments after taking my first bite of chocolate. (I still love chocolate, despite this fact.)
  5. Just like my characters in the novel, I am drawn to gardens and flowers. And, I've always dreamed of having an elaborate English-style greenhouse in my backyard. I'd plant a meyer lemon tree in a pot and have bougainvillea growing around the entryway. Someday, maybe!

About the Author

Sarah Jio is the New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and a USA Today bestseller), The Bungalow, Blackberry Winter (an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller), the most recent The Last Camellia, and Morning Glory (to be published on November 26, 2013)—all from Penguin (Plume). To date, Sarah's novels are published in 20 countries.

A magazine writer and the former founding health and fitness blogger for Glamour magazine, Sarah has written thousands of articles and blog posts for various national magazines. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Sarah recently finished her sixth novel and is at work on her seventh. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Jason, and their three young sons.


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