About the Book
Nora Shipley has one goal--to carry on the legacy of her late father by taking over the scientific journal he started. To that end, she's fought to be taken seriously among her male classmates and graduate as valedictorian of Cornell's entomology program. When pressures to settle down rise to a fever pitch, she impulsively joins a research expedition in Kodaikanal, India, to prove herself in the field and win a scholarship.
But India holds several surprises--she is impressed not only by the beauty of its natural wonders, but also by the gentle nature she discovers in the rival classmate who accompanied her, Owen Epps. Instead of exploring, however, she is forced by the expedition leader to stay at camp and illustrate exotic butterflies the men of the team find without her. During the many quiet days, 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.
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As debut books go, I have to give this author a lot of credit. Her descriptions of the backdrop really transported you to historical places and really transported you to India. The entomology was described in a way that was understandable for someone with no background in that area. The romance was slow blossoming and sweet. The hero and heroine were certainly complex and grew together and individually. The plot had interesting twists and turns, and the section with Sita really made an interesting peek into Indian culture and friendship. With that said, I feel like this author has some development to do. The plot took a while to get to the heart of the story, and that may discourage some readers from continuing past the first few chapters. The entomology was just too much- it almost seemed to interrupt the flow of the story. We needed more of the story in India with Sita- I longed for that section to be fleshed out more. Overall, this author is surely not to be missed and is really brimming with potential. Check it out if you enjoy a solid historical romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, a favorable review was not required, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Kimberly Duffy enjoys writing historical fiction that takes readers back in time and across oceans. Her books often feature ahead-of-their-time heroines, evocative settings, and real-life faith. When not writing or homeschooling her four children, she enjoys taking trips that require a passport and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. A Long Island native, she currently resides in southwest Ohio.