The Fair Botanists: Could one rare plant hold the key to a thousand riches?

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The Fair Botanists: Could one rare plant hold the key to a thousand riches?

The Fair Botanists: Could one rare plant hold the key to a thousand riches?

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Whilst I did enjoy it, especially the plant descriptions and the incorporation of real historical characters, it was quite slow and I felt I was left with some loose ends when I finished the book. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Unlike the previous example, this one does have the tiniest piece of relevance when it turns out that Nellie, Belle’s maid, has struck up an affair with Mr Graham, but having this information to hand destroys any chance that the revelation may have had on surprising the reader. I was hooked by the mystery and the secrets, engaged by the historical references and the social issues hinted at, charmed by the flowers and the perfumes, entertained by the lively style, titillated by the romantic liaisons. Set in Edinburgh during the reign of King George IV, the book is a brilliant evocation of what it was to be a woman in this Enlightenment city.

It is a time when Enlightenment is in force, a time when peoples ideas are changing, people are becoming more vociferous.In The Fair Botanists , Sheridan has expertly woven multiple strands of machinations, a hea The Fair Botanists is Sara Sheridan’s combined tribute to the legacy of women’s history and Edinburgh and takes readers back to the tail end of the Enlightenment in the city. However, there is so much more to the story, and the monarch's visit feels almost like a minor plot point in comparison.

This is a historical fiction story, it has some romance, and also some mystery as there are things that occur. All of the characters, including Mr McNab (the head gardener), his son James, Clementina our ageing gossip and the King’s right hand man, Johann, are all brilliantly developed. She has sat on the committee for the Society of Authors in Scotland (where she lives) and on the board of '26' the campaign for the importance of words.When Elizabeth crosses paths with Belle in the weeks leading up to the plants flowering they strike up an unlikely friendship whilst the city itself is gripped by the frenzy surrounding the King’s visit being organised by envoy Johann von Streitz.



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