I love books that transport you to magical places…In this case, India and it’s colorful streets, fragrant markets, and colorful people. Mix that with a girl pursuing her dream of becoming a scientist and her adventures abroad, and it’s perfection.
I hate when books ”skip” the traveling in the story…I feel I’m missing vital info to be fully invested in the story. Well, this book narrated everything, every market trip, dress shopping, food tasting, gatherings, expeditions, EVERYTHING they did in India amazingly. I really loved this book. It is told in a very engaging way and I loved the difference of culture and how it was embraced it with an open mind.
Anddd on the other hand, we also see her journey as one of the first females of the time attending college in a male-dominated field, entomology! Pretty cool 🧪🦋😍✨
The characters were also amazing! I felt their happiness, frustration, ahhhh! At one point I got so invested in the story I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall (obvs I didnt…I’m a poor med student with no money for a new kindle 😂 lol).
The only thing I wish I could add was some more faith elements. There are there yet very vaguely. Having said so, the book is clean and only mentions some semi descriptive kisses and embraces. There are some parts where child prostitution is mentioned but nothing descriptive.
Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 (kisses, mention of child prostitution; not descriptive)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
It’s 1885, and all Nora Shipley wants, now that she’s graduating from Cornell University as valedictorian of the entomology program, is to follow in her late father’s footsteps by getting her master’s degree and taking over the scientific journal he started. The only way to uphold her father’s legacy is to win a scholarship, so she joins a research expedition in Kodaikanal, India, to prove herself in the field.
India isn’t what she expects, though, and neither is the rival classmate who accompanies her, Owen Epps. As her preconceptions of India–and of Owen–fall away, she finds both far more captivating than she expected. Forced by the expedition leader to stay at camp and illustrate exotic butterflies the men of the team find without her, Nora befriends Sita, a young Indian girl who has been dedicated to a goddess against her will.
About the Author
Kimberly Duffy grew up on Long Island, New York surrounded by beaches and books. She left one behind when she traveled to India, met a Midwestern boy, and moved to Ohio, but she’s never abandoned her love of books.
As a homeschooling mom of four, Kimberly happily plies her children with biographies, classic novels, and the odd math textbook that masquerades as stories. It is her greatest wish that her kids will fall in love with Mary Lennox, Jane Eyre, Gilbert Blythe (the oldest has already succumbed to his charm), and Jo March.
Having always dreamed of writing the type of books that sweep readers to another place, another time, Kimberly is thrilled to be publishing with Bethany House. When she’s not writing, researching, or trying to keep up with Instagram, she can be found buying all the historical cookbooks, cooking, lifting weights at the gym, and binge watching New Girl.
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