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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherHarperCollins
File size1.2 Mb
GanreHistorical Fiction
Release date 01.01.2000
ISBN9780006177487
Pages count400
Book rating4.43 (84 votes)
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The Lemon Treetells the story of Wallace Helena Harding, a woman in her 30s.When we first meet her, she has difficult decisions to make, following the death of her uncle, James Al-Khoury.
Wallace Helena began lifeas Helena Al-Khoury, beloved daughter of a silkmerchant. The small family was forced to leave the Lebanon in 1860 - Helena’s uncle James decided to stay in Liverpool, but the restof the family sailed across to North America, eventually settling in Chicago.Wallace Helena eventually ended up in the Canadian wilderness, living the hard life of a settler. However, when her Uncle James died, she found herself the sole beneficiary of his will and she had to return to Liverpool to claim her inheritance.
The story was interesting enough - I searched for details of the trouble in Lebanon in 1860 and found quite a lot of information about the actual historical events. There were also well researched details about the early manufacture of soap for commercial use, as well as glimpses of life for Canadian settlers.
However, despite the thorough research and an array of characters, I find it hard to be enthusiastic about the book. The style was annoying for the first third - it seemed as if the author couldn’t decide how to tell the story and opted for very lengthyflashbacks. It improved for me when she just told the story as it was happening. I also felt that the ending was rushed and left me feeling dissatisfied.

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