Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Book Review: A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

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.

You may purchase a copy here.

My Review

Prepare to be transformed.

A Mosaic of Wings is a historical romance that chronicles Nora Shipley's struggle to prove herself.  An entomologist and valedictorian of her university program, she must learn to trust those who love her, to stand up for herself and what is right, and to make choices that will direct her career.  In this novel, there are many layers to be discovered as Nora's story unfolds.

Who knew that I could care about insects?  Nora's passion for her work was infectious, and piqued my curiosity.  It is a credit to the author that a book about bugs was so interesting!

I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans, as well as lovers of butterflies and other insects.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are 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.

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