The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. (2018).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
In Victorian England after her father’s death, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth travels to Chile to find a rare and miraculous plant on his behalf. To do this she will face a sea voyage and unforeseen danger.
In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a beautiful sketchbook, a photograph from 1886 and a bag of seeds. This will lead her on a journey far from careful safe life and make her face her own demons.
This historical fiction and dual narrative novel is both engaging and enjoyable. I appreciated both narratives and their lead characters immensely. Elizabeth and Anna were both charismatic, intelligent and likable. The descriptions of flora and the art in the sketchbook really paints a picture and creates a stunning imagery in the mind. I was immersed in this book from the very beginning and found it to be a very easy read. A couple of times I had to look up the definition of a word used but nothing wrong with extending my vocabulary haha.
I’d happily and highly recommend this absorbing well written novel.