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Lost & Waiting

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A long-lost plant hunter’s journal leads Evangeline to Chile on a quest for the World Tree. Can a tree heal her past?

When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth: the World Tree. Morgan’s words share life lessons and reflections on the
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Published July 2nd 2020 by Independent Publishing Network
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Robynne Eagan
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a modern-day botanist – the feisty red-haired Evangeline – discovers the journal of the intrepid Victorian plant hunter Chile Morgan, two strong narratives weave together for an action-packed South American quest for the World Tree. The cross-genre novel bridges past, present and mythical worlds with an energy and eloquence that educates and seriously entertains. Memorable characters from Evangeline’s sizzling Latin activist lover, a demented admirer, and a devoted companion Florito the dog ...more
Grace Palmer, Novel Nights
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Grace Palmer, Novel Nights by:
An intelligent, satisfying novel in an exotic setting.

The fearless botanist, Evangeline is searching for the mystical world-tree in Chile, accompanied by the magical hound Florito and Jesus, her Latin lover. Her chapters are mirrored by those narrated by Edwin Chile Morgan, a Victorian plant hunter who searched for the world tree a century before, accompanied by Paco the mule.

Morgan's chapters reminded me of Melville's Moby Dick and allow the author to demonstrate a playful lightness of touch
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you Go!"
Amanda Reed, botanist, author, and modern-day Kipling extraordinaire takes us on a romp through primeval Chilean rainforests as protagonist Evangeline traces 19th-century explorer Edwin 'Chile' Morgan's path in search of the mythical world tree. Evangeline follows in Morgan's footsteps tracing his journey's dangers and trials. But Morgan's journal can only guide her so far. Modern adversaries and Big Pharma seek the secret to life,
Anita Goodfellow
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The spirited Evangeline sets out on a quest to find the mystical world-tree. She is following in the footsteps of Victorian plant hunter, Edwin Chile Morgan and extracts from his journal are interwoven throughout the book. The blend of both contemporary and historical genres combined with a dash of magic realism works to great effect. The author’s passion and knowledge of plants shines through and she writes in an assured way and with such energy - I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
Celeste Cruz
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. Very detailed and hopeful. I think it takes courage to go somewhere that has not been discovered. Traveling there and finding support from strangers is courageous and adventurous. This book is detail and takes you into an adventure, as well as, a field that is not that explore. Dealing with plants, trees and nature that is just something different from other books.
Clare Evans
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Clare by:
A modern H Ryder Haggard, giving the reader Evangeline, an engaging and feisty female protagonist, fighting her own vulnerabilities from unhappiness in her past and the unscrupulous forces of Big Pharma. Evangeline is a humorous delight, rampaging through the vivid Chilean setting, undeterred by the massive obstacles in her path. Victor brings interest but also danger. Jesus brings warmth and happiness.

Characterisation is powerful, the story a cracking page turner.

This cross genre debut is a mus
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This debut is a delightful mix of high action drama with ecological and mythical themes, which allow the author to play with elements of magical realism. If the reader lets go of expectations of a traditional realist narrative, they will enjoy much of the ride this novel offers. In this sense, I felt there were some popular resonances with the Hollywood Blockbuster Indiana Jones’ films. I mean this as a compliment – the novel presents some pretty wild events (at one point Evangeline ends up wear ...more
Jo Williams
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, publisher and Love Books Tours for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

If you had said to me that I would fall in love with a book about botany, I would have scoffed. After all, I’ve accidentally killed several plants over the years which the donors claimed I couldn’t possibly fail to keep alive. Now add in fantasy to the botanical theme and you’ll start to see what drew me in.

The book follows Evangeline, who is a strong protagonist not without
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-sirens, fantasy
3.5 stars rounded down

Recommended for fans of “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert and the anime, “RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne.”

“Lost & Waiting” is the story of Evangeline, a grad student searching for a mythical, mystical Yggdrasil-esque tree in the dangerous and wildly changing Chilean countryside. It’s a little bit fantasy, magical realism, fiction, romance, and travelogue. Strangely paced yet easy to read, it truly fits the bill of “A genre-be
Graham Read
A rip-roaring tale.

A beautifully written novel and a rip roaring adventure from start to finish.
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Amanda Read is a novelist, short story writer, and a lapsed botanist.

Her removal from school before final exams sowed the seed for a later thirst for learning. Awarded a fellowship from the Royal Horticultural Society, she trained as a plant taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Reading. Amanda holds an MA in creative writing from B

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