Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Palaver Tree by Wendy Unsworth

Ellie Hathaway and Diane Henderson are close friends, who live in the village of Berriwood in Cornwall. Diane enjoys doing community and charity work. She holds charity lunches to promote a charity called The Hope Foundation. The charity is run by a man called Gabriel Cole and the charity provides sponsors for children to attend a school in Africa that the charity runs. Tiffany is Gabriel’s girlfriend and she helps run the charity’s office in London.

After a family tragedy Ellie decides to go out and work at the school in Africa teaching to help out the charity. Promise is a young girl who works at the school and is close to Gabriel.  

Four women with one charity and one man in common. But is the seemingly, good and exceptional Gabriel Cole all he claims to be?

The Palaver Tree is a compelling and remarkable story about four women who have tried to do a good deed through charity work, only to find bad. Corruption, betrayal and pain and murder will enter their lives. The story is really well written to a very high standard that keeps the reader gripped and engrossed from beginning to end. The story is told from all of the four women’s view points, building the story up to a powerful and moving ending.  This is one of those great books that you just can not put down. I look forward to reading more books by Wendy Unsworth.

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