A 19th-century zoologist, his grieving stepmother and a mysterious young Quaker woman travel to the Amazon to discover marvelous creatures in the depths of the rainforest. As they encounter the beauty and dangers of the Amazon, they also uncover family secrets and hidden reserves of strength. This is a novel that will resonate with readers fascinated by the natural world and the pioneering, often unacknowledged work of early female naturalists. This story is particularly timely now, with the Amazon rainforest under grave threat from fires and a climate crisis caused by human recklessness. Recommended for those who enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered or Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)