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Alison Smith

A bold debut novel by Cape Town writer, Jacquie L'Ange. Better than an airline ticket to Brazil. Story starts in Cape Town, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - botanist Maddy is sent to Brazil to track down seeds of a now-extinct-in-Africa tree that's scarce, but still growing in Brazil. Kirstenbosch wants to preserve the seeds in the global seed bank.

We encounter Maddy's personal problems, there's the thrill and challenge of living in Brazil; there's background history and current influences of the slave trade,; there's a very sexy Brazilian man who provides the love interest. Plus - and a big plus - a major ingredient of the story is the exotic Candomble' indigenous religious communities in Brazil, and their part in the seed saga.

An exotic and intriguing mix. I enjoyed the book.

A bold debut novel by Cape Town writer, Jacquie L’Ange. Better than an airline ticket to Brazil. Story starts in Cape Town, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – botanist Maddy is sent to Brazil to track down seeds of a now-extinct-in-Africa tree that’s scarce, but still growing in Brazil. Kirstenbosch wants to preserve the seeds in the global seed bank.

We encounter Maddy’s personal problems, there’s the thrill and challenge of living in Brazil; there’s background history and current influences of the slave trade,; there’s a very sexy Brazilian man who provides the love interest. Plus – and a big plus – a major ingredient of the story is the exotic Candomble’ indigenous religious communities in Brazil, and their part in the seed saga.

An exotic and intriguing mix. I enjoyed the book.

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