A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich bestselling author Tracy Chevalier's new novel.
On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.
Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.
Ok is how I would classify this book. Elizabeth Philpot only in her twenties and already a spinster. When her brother gets married, she is sent to Lyme Regis to live along with her sisters. Elizabeth is finding it hard to entertain herself until she finds a fossil and Mary Anning. The two women become friends and fossil 'hunters'. The story develops over many years and tells the tale of how the two women's relationship and profession developed....at least in the writers mind!
The author definitely did her research for this book! I liked how the women weren't thought of as scientists because they were women. Their relationship was quite interesting and it made you wonder about the real women, if they were anything like this, I would like to think they were!
I rate it a 3/5. It was an ok book, but not one I would put on my keeper shelf.
Thank you to FSB Associates for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.