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.
In My Opinion
Kimberly Duffy’s debut features beautiful scenery, a strong female lead, and insects. A Mosaic of Wings proves this author is one to watch.
At first, Nora Shipley struck me as stubborn and brash, but with her desire to make her mark in a predominantly male field, those characteristics are almost necessary. Plus, it leaves a ton of room for character growth for our heroine.
Owen, on the other hand, is so likable from the first time we meet him, you can’t help but cheer for the guy. And he’s a good fit for Nora—both protective and willing to point out her flaws to her.
Duffy’s research in this story is impeccable. Whether Nora is studying or discussing bugs (yep, creepy crawly shivers and all) or sharing her experiences while in India, the words transported me right into those scenes.
Fans of Elizabeth Camden should enjoy Duffy’s work or readers who are looking for an escape to another time and place.
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