‘It won’t matter how many diamonds you find if you lose the love of your child.’
When six-year-old Clementine Knight loses her mother to malaria during the 1870s diamond rush in southern Africa, she is left to be raised by her destitute, alcoholic father, James. Much of Clementine’s care falls to their trusty Zulu companion, Joseph One-Shoe, and the unlikely pair form an unbreakable bond.
When the two men uncover a large, flawless diamond, James believes he has finally secured their future, but the discovery of the priceless gem comes at a huge cost. A dark bargain is struck to do whatever it takes to return Clementine to a respectable life at the Grant family’s sprawling estate in northern England – while the diamond disappears.
Years on, long-buried memories of Clementine's childhood in Africa and her beloved Joseph One-Shoe are triggered, as she questions who she can trust. To solve the mystery of what happened to her loved ones all those years ago, she must confront a painful history and finally bring justice to bear.
From the harsh desert of Africa’s Kimberley diamond mine to the misty, green plains of northern England, The Diamond Hunter is a breathtaking adventure story about trust and betrayal, the ultimate quest for truth, and a love that is truly priceless.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
English-born Australian author Fiona McIntosh drew on her own childhood travels through Africa to write this gripping historical family novel, and maybe that's why it feels so vivid. Protagonist Clementine Knight is a strong woman, but that strength is sorely tested when she undertakes a dangerous journey into her past, travelling from the country lanes of Victorian England to South Africa’s cutthroat Kimberley diamond mines. McIntosh’s meticulous research and carefully drawn characters—particularly Clementine’s alcoholic father and her mentor and protector, Joseph One-Shoe—infuse The Diamond Hunter with rich texture and emotion.
Great read, hope there is a sequel would love to read how they ended up
Beautiful story, although a tad predictable. Cried at the end, as per usual.
Loved it all! As I do with all of Fiona MacIntosh’s books!