From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is different. Though poor and uneducated, she learns on the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast 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 with both admiration and controversy. Prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster and also a fossil hunter, becomes Mary Anning's unlikely champion and friend, and together they forge a path to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, Erin Moran's Nefertiti. Now I'm sure you are on the absolute edge of your seats waiting with bated breath to find out what all these books have in common. Well...each one of these books was my introduction to their respective author and caused me to fall head over heels for said author, and run out to the book store and buy up every other book the author has written. We've all got these authors. Sometimes they are guilty pleasures we may look over our shoulders to make sure no one is witnessing our purchase (I did this with Twilight) and sometimes they're ones we are quite proud to genuinely enjoy (Austen is my proud favorite :) Anyway, Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures is one book I think I'll be adding to the list. I can't wait to read more as I absolutely loved her writing style. The book is a period story set in the 19th century which explores many different ideas such as geology, 19th century class and gender expectations and unlikely friendship. It is set at a pace which mirrors the speed of life in that point in history. The perfect "when life was simpler and moved a little slower" pace creates a wonderfully authentic vibe. But please, don't confuse a tame and mellow pace with a boring one. The book is absolutely fascinating as fact and fiction are interwoven seamlessly to form a beautifully told, character driven story. This is a perfect book for a person looking to relax, take their time, and just enjoy a great story. 1, Pay Full Price.
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