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Summary

A buried secret....

Present day: Anna is focused on growing her new gardening business and renovating her late grandmother's house. But when she discovers a box hidden in a wall cavity, containing watercolours of exotic plants, an old diary and a handful of seeds, she finds herself thrust into a centuries-old mystery. One that will send her halfway across the world to Kew Gardens and then on to Cornwall in search of the truth.

A lady adventurer....

1886: Elizabeth Trebithick is determined to fulfil her father's dying wish and continue his life's work as an adventurer and plant hunter. So when she embarks on a perilous journey to discover a rare and miraculous flower, she will discover that the ultimate betrayal can be found even across the seas....

Can a mysterious flower bring two women, separated by centuries, together?

©2019 Kayte Nunn (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Utterly dreadful narrator

The story wasn't bad but the screeching narrator ruined it and her attempts at British and even worse Cornish accents were laughable.

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The worst audio book I have ever had the misfortune of trying to listen to

Utter vacuous tripe, complete lack of craft, cluttered with valueless description and superficial insight.
Compounded by a reading with as much grasp on delivery as a ninety year falling down a flight of stairs.
It might get better after the first two hours, but who cares?

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Had potential but ruined by terrible narration

Oh dear! Have just finished the Botanist's daughter and am left with a feeling of disappointment. The story had charm and unlike some other reviewers, I found it interesting and engaging. But, and it's a big BUT the narrator's accents were so appalling that I moved from finding them amusing, to irritating and finally unbearable. The Cornish accent is a mixture of Irish, Caribbean with a dose of Dick Van Dyke cockney. The London Kew Garden botanist 'Ed' is clearly based on Hugh Grant from Four Weddings and a Funeral, with his ever so British expletives, his 'floppy fringe' and his habit of calling Anna by her surname 'Jenkins'. Add to this my suspicion that the author has based her impression of Cornwall from watching the BBC's 'Poldark' and I was left with a frustration that a sweet story I actually enjoyed, had been hijacked by bad accents and clichés.

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Quite an interesting plot

This is an interesting story. Maybe not as gripping as I had hoped but it has something a bit different so still a pleasant listen.

The narrator had some issue with accents of the Cornish characters which floated all over the place and mostly landed at vaguely Irish.

It's worth a listen if you are looking for something gentle and find botany an interesting topic.

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Botanists daughter

Absolutely loved this.... having been investigating the wild flowers around my locality. Made me apprecitate nature and made me think about the rare plants we have lost...

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Nice to have a female botanist/gardener as the main protagonists

Enjoyable story, she captures the beauty of Cornwall well. Light on accurate accents but I guess I wouldn’t be able to hear the difference between a Sydney and Brisbane accent.
Slightly unbelievable that a lass would be allowed to follow a whim of going to Chile at that time when most could not go to church without their family !!
Still enjoyable!!

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Disappointing

From the “official” reviews this book held so much promise but turned out to be a huge disappointment. The story itself felt overly contrived and the characters lacked depth but the worst was the dialogue. The narrator’s total inability to emulate accents, or even remain consistent within the same sentence, only served to emphasise the purple prose and stilted dialogue. What a waste of a credit.

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loved it!

A well read story of an enthralling link between historical events & its modern consequence.

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Harlequin romance on steroids!!

Not for me I'm afraid. Too many piercing stares and heaving bosoms for my taste. I know I'm being a little harsh the two merging storylines were told very cleverly and the author was able to paint a beautiful picture of South America!