Full of adventure, romance, humor, nature, Indian culture, and twists, Author, Kimberly Duffy made this novel impossible to put down!
I love the fiery spunk in Nora and the courage she had in helping a girl promised to temple prostitution. A moving story all the way around that made me cry several times. Although this is a must read for any historical romance lover, I believe this page turner can be enjoyed by anyone. With vivid descriptions and keen details that draw you in, I can’t say enough about this book. I love, LOVE it!!! I give it 5 stars!
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.