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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fiona Mountain Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Eleanor is the daughter of a strict puritan and Roundhead major and lives in a medieval manor on the bleak wetlands of Somerset. Her longing for color and brightness leads to an obsession with butterflies as well as to an illicit passion for charismatic but troubled Richard Glanville. Richard, the son of an exiled Cavalier, embodies all that Eleanor had been taught to despise and distrust, but he also holds for her all the allure of the forbidden. Her first husband dies, seemingly poisoned, freeing Eleanor and Richard to marry. But can their love survive suspicion and prejudice, a bloody rebellion that makes them bitter enemies, and a superstitious community that stirs up hatred toward her for her love of butterflies?

It seems the only peace she can find is in her long-lasting friendship with renowned naturalist James Petiver, a clever young London apothecary who is considered the father of British entomology. But when Eleanor and Richard’s son becomes apprenticed to James, tragedy strikes, and Eleanor is forced to embark on a dangerous search for her son that is entwined with a personal quest for truth, freedom, and love.

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  • “The combination of romance and history is sure to appeal to readers of Philippa Gregory.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krysia | 2/17/2014

    " Although the author took great liberties with the details of Eleanor Glanville's life, I enjoyed this novel about this seventeenth-century female natural scientist. This book will appeal to both lovers of historical romance novels as well as those who enjoy reading about women's lives in other centuries and about women who were ahead of their time, particularly those women in history who were denied participation in what was then a man's world of science. If you have read Remarkable Creatures, you will enjoy this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Haywood Smith | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this book, but the pace was a bit slow for my tastes. Still, a fascinating glimpse into that era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamila Jam | 1/9/2014

    " one of the best i ve read. sensetive & very charming. I finished it wanted to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 1/9/2014

    " I didnt expect this to make me cry or offer so many insights, I just thought it would be interested to read a factual account of a real early female naturalists life. Even though it touched me, I am still only giving it 3 stars. Not sure why, it just didnt feel like a 4 or 5 star book while reading it. "

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About the Author
Author Fiona Mountain

Fiona Mountain is the author of Isabella, which was short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2000, the first debut novel to reach the shortlist. She is also the author of Pale as the Dead and Bloodline, which won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and children.