Hello and welcome to our stop on the Lost & Waiting blog tour!
Thank you very much to Kelly @ LoveBooksTours and Amanda Read for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth: the World Tree. Morgan’s words share life lessons and reflections on the natural world, offering Evangeline a way to overcome the grief of a stillbirth.
With journal in hand, Evangeline sets off to Chile on a journey in search of the tree at the centre of all: heaven, life and the afterlife. In her way are an unprincipled pharmaceutical multinational, an oil company set on deforestation, and an enigmatic art aficionado whose interest in her takes an unsettling turn.
A genre-bending adventure.
Evangeline decides to go to South America to follow in fellow botanist Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan’s footsteps to find the world tree. What follows is a mind blowing journey into the heart of Chile.
This was a beautifully written story, which absorbed me into its world, feeling I was following in Evangeline’s footsteps on the trail of the World Tree. I found the writing was quite magical with the way the words were used to weave the tale.
I loved the characters in the book in both timelines and how Evangeline felt a connection with Edwin Morgan despite the years that separate their journeys.
This was my first book by Amanda Read but will definitely not be my last, I am now off to find what other books I can find!
Amanda Read is a novelist and short story writer. She was awarded the MA in Creative Writing, with distinction, from Bath Spa University.
In an earlier life, she received a Royal Horticultural Society Fellowship through which she trained as a plant taxonomist/systematist at the University of Reading, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum, London.
Amanda lives with her husband in rural Wiltshire, UK, where she can be spotted hot on the heels of Carlos and Carmen, the border terriers. She works as an agricultural research programme manager for international development.
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