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Mosaic of Wings af Kimberly Duffy

Mosaic of Wings (udgave 2020)

af Kimberly Duffy (Forfatter)

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Titel:Mosaic of Wings
Forfattere:Kimberly Duffy (Forfatter)
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2020), Edition: 4/2, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Læst, men ikke ejet

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Mosaic of Wings af Kimberly Duffy


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I was very impressed with this beautifully written debut novel by Kimberly Duffy. Set in both Ithaca, New York and India in 1885, and populated by colorful, realistically-flawed characters, Duffy brought the sights and sounds of both places to my imagination and let me travel to places I’d never been before. The exquisite prose and rich historical detail allowed me to visualize the story as it progressed. While I may never find the study of insects fascinating, I enjoyed learning a little more about the various species of bugs and butterflies.

The hero of the story, Owen Epps, was easily likeable with his concern and care for Nora Shipley. I admired Nora for her tenacity and drive, although she sometimes frustrated me for the very same reasons. I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow and develop amid their adventures in India. Duffy’s obvious knowledge and affinity for the country of India and its customs added to my enjoyment of the story.

A Mosaic of Wings is a well-crafted, captivating tale, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this talented author. 4.5 stars

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own. ( )
  swissgranny | Jun 29, 2020 |
A Mosaic of Wings, by Kimberly Duffy, is a story of two young Cornwell University graduates who are hoping to get a scholarship to master in entomology. Nora has spent her inheritance and cannot afford more schooling. Owen's father wants him to go to school to be a lawyer. They both find themselves in India, where the leader of the expedition will not allow Nora to go with them, but rather stay behind drawing the items they find. When she befriends a local girl and helps her get away from a terrible life, her belongings are destroyed and they are sent home.

This is a wonderful story. It is very well written and very descriptive. I found it very easy to imagine the landscape and could almost picture the butterflies and taste the food. Nora and Owen are good strong characters who put others first. Nora is very mature for her age, putting the needs of her mother first and suffering at the hands of her step-rather. The part that I enjoyed most about this story was how Nora connected with the young Indian girl and did what she felt was right. I liked how she questioned how the group could teach Christianity to children, yet not be there to support them when they got home. The story touches on how our plan for our life is not always God's plan. It also focuses on forgiveness and friendships. I especially liked how the book ended. I hope to see a lot more from this author.

I received a copy of this e-book from Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review. ( )
  eccl | Jun 10, 2020 |
I’m an indoor girl. I don’t like bugs.

Any sort of bug.

I never thought I’d enjoy a book about bugs so much.

In all seriousness, A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy is about a lot more than bugs.
A Mosaic of Wings is a completely captivating novel! This book had so much beauty. There’s beauty in the words, beauty in the setting, the characters. Everything is filled with beauty. Blended within the beauty, though, is sadness, inequality, assumptions and pain.

There’s also hope. A lot of hope. And a lovely, lovely romance – one to root for!

I enjoyed every single beautiful word of this beautifully written story. I am so glad I read this book! It’s such a delight!
Five Beautiful Stars! Do not miss this book! Kimberly Duffy is one to watch, and I can’t wait to see what adventure she takes us on next!

A Mosaic of Wings is available now! Visit www.christianbook.com or www.bakerbookhouse.com to purchase your copy!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own. ( )
  JenGalaxy4 | Jun 10, 2020 |
A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy hosts an eye-catching cover worthy of the beautiful story inside. I’ll start off with a quote from page 289 in which Nora remembers her time in India: “India, and everything that happened there, spoke to her in whispers that caressed her memories, wrapping everything in exotic perfume and sultry, cicada-song nights.” India’s effect on Nora echoes the novel’s effect on me. It’s a story with characters, settings, and themes that lingered in my mind for days after I finished the last page.

In reading A Mosaic of Wings, I connected immediately with Nora because I could relate to the issues she faced with her step-father and gender discrimination in her career field. The novel tackles these difficult issues (plus others) with finesse. These challenges supplied deeply satisfying character development without stagnating or feeling too heavy. Rather, the plot moved at a perfect pace and entertained with vivid descriptions of India and an enchanting, slow-burn romance. I loved that Owen and Nora’s relationship grew out a solid foundation of mutual respect and admiration which led into the beautiful blossoming of romantic interest.

I recommend A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy to fans of inspirational historical fiction. This amazing debut novel stands as one of the best books I’ve read in 2020. Five stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. ( )
  BeautyintheBinding | Jun 9, 2020 |
A debut novel? Really? You sure wouldn’t know it. A Mosaic of Wings is a beautifully crafted historical novel that hit all the right buttons with me — an historical setting that was new and exciting to experience, characters who are of the time, but not afraid to try to break free from restrictions, and a relevant story line linking the past with the present. This one is a highly recommended read.

A Mosaic of Wings whisked me away to a richly detailed place and time I have never before experienced in a book — India in the late 1800s. All my senses were engaged as I took in the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of this exotic setting. The characters were not the only ones to experience the wonder of that place. The novel follows Nora Shipley in her quest to prove herself as a scientist in a male dominated field. She is not perfect, but she is definitely a character to love. I loved how Duffy portrayed the obstacles that Nora faced, but I especially was impressed with contrast of Nora’s plight with those of women in India at the time. Like Nora, it is easy to get lost in our own situations when treated unfairly. Duffy not only opened Nora’s eyes, but mine as well. Nora grew in her understanding of self and others. Supporting characters were well-drawn with both flaws and virtues mixed together, making them very realistic. And the subject matter — entomology — was fascinating. I’ll never look at an insect in the same way again! Although I will probably still kill those I find offensive. 😉 Romance is a part of the story, but not the driving force — that was a big plus for me. Spiritual themes are woven naturally throughout the narrative. The book is never preachy, but does expose the hypocrisies of organized religion in the face of individual faith. There are parallels with today’s world that caused this reader to stop and ponder. With all its layers, this book is a great choice for book discussion groups.

There’s so much more to say about A Mosaic of Wings, but I will leave you with just one more thought. Read this book! I am excited to have discovered a new author and look forward to many more wonderful reading experiences.

Highly Recommended

Great for Book Clubs

Audience: adults

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jun 3, 2020 |
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