Social Distancing and a warm summer Saturday were the perfect combination for this historical novel by Kimberly Duffy.
One of my favourite things is reading about places I’ve visited, recalling my time in the local area. This offering is set between Ithica, NY – a place we’ve camped near on occasion, and India – a place I’ve only ever visited though others and their experiences.
Nora Shipley is a graduating student at Cornell, from the entomology program her deceased father taught in. She is fascinated by bugs and the ways that they point to God’s marvellous creation. She is torn between the opportunity for further study, saving a piece of her father’s legacy and an adventure of discovering in a vastly foreign land.
Set in 1885, she is truly not your typical young lady. She’s not interested in being traditional in any way and she’s truly an independent spirit. Through a series of events, she finds herself on the other side of the world, hoping for a special find that will aid in making her future plans come true.
Being a female scientist in this era is not easy and Kimberly paints this picture quite clearly for us. We meet local people through Nora’s eyes, and see her deeply caring, Christian heart in how she interacts with them.
As I had hoped, this was a great read for an easy day. Kimberly has given us a fine historical peek into late 19th century struggles for women to be accepted into non-traditional roles, and helps us to see the wonder in creation that is all around us.
I look forward to placing this into our church library. We will recommend it to those who enjoy romance, historical fiction and definitely as a starter novel for anyone venturing into Christian fiction, including our teen girls.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”