ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
In this spellbinding new land, Nora is soon faced with impossible choices–between saving Sita and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love.
Look out world, Kimberly Duffy is making her mark. What a beautifully penned debut novel! It completely took my breath away, and made me so fascinated with the world of bugs. Trust me when I say this is huge lol. But seriously, Duffy is someone to watch for, and I have already added her to my “must read” author list. Not only does she write incredible characters, but she writes settings that just jump off the pages to me. I felt like I was in India right alongside Nora and Owen. Experiencing the weather, the insects, the excitement.
Nora is not your average heroine in so many ways, but I really found myself enjoying her character. First of all, she likes bugs. Bugs! I know that may seem okay to some, but bugs just aren’t my thing you know? But Nora? Well, she kind of makes me want to learn just a little bit about them. But what really drew me to her character was her passion. First, she had passion for her family. I can easily connect with that, and understood her desire to put her family first. But then she had passion for her job, her learning. It didn’t matter to her that she was a woman in a “man’s” world. She just wanted to learn as much as she could to be able to contribute to the world. I found this to be so refreshing.
Duffy’s personalized experience with India really showed in her ability to stay true to the culture, the food, the experience. Again, I felt like I was IN India! And for the record, I didn’t want to leave. Although there is some friendship to romance here, I really feel that the location and the growth of Nora’s character are what ultimately kept me turning the pages. I think historical fiction readers will enjoy Duffy’s debut novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes readers back in time and across oceans. Her books feature ahead-of-their-time heroines, evocative settings, and real-life faith. Kimberly loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of 20 years. He doesn’t mind.
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What was the last book you read that transported you to another country!?