A Mosaic of Wings
By: Kimberly Duffy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: May 5th, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 352 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: 5 out of 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.
Oh my lanta, this book was so good. This is Mrs. Duffy’s debut novel, but I can promise you that once you start reading, you will think she has years of experience under her belt. Her writing style was so beautiful and it pulled you right into the story. I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book due to Nora being a bug scientist, but I loved this story so much. Though I do have to admit that this bug-hating girl shuddered a time or two.
Nora was such an exciting protagonist to follow. I don’t think any other personality would have fit this story as Nora’s did. Her spirit and will not to give up really made her be this amazing protagonist that you can’t help but root for on the sidelines as you travel with her from New York to India. However, as much as I loved Nora, Owen really stole the show from me. From the beginning, I knew that I was going to LOVE him. He was a cinnamon roll that loved with everything in him and honestly he really made this book perfect. His and Nora’s chemistry was adorable and I knew that he held a candle for her from the beginning and I loved watching Nora go from hate to love him. If y’all haven’t figured out already, I am a sucker for hate to love romances so that fact that this book had one had me in love.
The plot of this book held my interest from the beginning. Thought it was kinda slow, it immediately sped up and I was invested. This was a turn of the decade book, so though Nora’s motives at times felt unhistoric, it was actually rather realistic only because she was pushing to make way for the world that we have today in science. She represented one of the first women who dared to enter the men’s world and make something for herself. Honestly, I loved it a lot. It wasn’t pushy feminism, but rather Nora just wanted to study insects like her father had raised her. It was rather sweet.
Overall I really, really enjoyed this novel and I cannot wait to read what Mrs. Duffy has for us next!!
*FTC: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
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 her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of 20 years. He doesn’t mind.