This book made me a true blue Elizabeth Gilbert fan. Yes, I know her from Eat Pray Love (another very good book, though honestly I've only seen the movie), that she was the basis for Coyote Ugly etc, but this one is so beautiful, I might read it again one day, and before that, I’m going to borrow or buy her other books.
Standing ovation for character development. So meticulously researched and plotted. Wonderful heroine - who would ever root for a privileged woman who spends her time studying mosses??? But, yeah, I rooted for her all right. Also, imagine how many real women of her time could have been like her, studying botany and other sciences, but never having gotten the recognition? That means there are more stories like this to be discovered. So good. I haven’t enjoyed fiction this much in a long time. Heart emojis all around.