Reviewed by: Jennifer, Reference Librarian
Alma Whittaker, daughter of thief turned wealthy botanist Henry Whittaker, grew up in a household where she was free to explore her scientific interests despite living in a time where women were not considered to be intelligent enough for such pursuits. This book takes the reader through the establishment of the Whittaker fortune, Alma's development into a world reknowned botanist in her own right, and then explores her romantic and philosophical explorations.
This book began with such promise. I found the historical and botanical aspect of the story to be interesting and engaging. The character of Alma was well developed, to the detriment of the other characters.
My opinion of the book changed dramatically in the last half. The tone changed and the plot became more spiritual and lacked focus. There was a sense of author detachment and disengagement. I missed the book I began with.
Rating: 2 stars