Dreams realized, love found, and lives changed halfway around the world in this debut from Kimberly Duffy.
Nora Shipley is a bright young woman with an unconventional passion for entomology, instilled by her late father. She gets the opportunity to compete for a coveted scholarship by going to work out in the field in India alongside her biggest competition.
Right away I was intrigued by the plot of this book and the unique premise. The book is very well researched and you can tell that the author worked hard to bring Nora's world to life, even featuring real life entomologist and conservationist couple Joseph and Anna Comstock.
This was a quick read, but at times frustrating as Nora found herself in one impossible situation after another, and I didn't always agree with some of the ways that Nora responded to challenges. I loved Sita's shining helpful heart, as well as her quick thinking.
I enjoyed the details of entomology and how the specimens are preserved and studied, I think it really piqued my interest in a subject that I honestly hadn't thought much about before. There was also strong expressions of faith throughout, and I liked how Nora was challenged by her beliefs into growth. Owen is common sense, but also has an adventurous spirit, I loved his unwavering support for Nora throughout. A historical read that explores the challenges of a woman pursuing her passion for science in a man's world.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.