1808 Agnes Banks, NSW
Rose Winton wants nothing more than to work with her father, eminent naturalist Charles Winton, on his groundbreaking study of the platypus. Not only does she love him with all her heart, but the discoveries they have made could turn the scientific world on its head. When Charles is unable to make the long sea journey to present his findings to the prestigious Royal Society in England, Rose must venture forth in his stead. What she discovers there will change the lives of future generations.
1908 Sydney, NSW
Tamsin Alleyn has been given a mission: travel to the Hunter Valley and retrieve an old sketchbook of debatable value, gifted to the Public Library by a recluse. But when she gets there, she finds there is more to the book than meets the eye, and more than one interested party. Shaw Everdene, a young antiquarian bookseller and lawyer seems to have his own agenda when it comes to the book – and Tamsin. In an attempt to discover the book’s true provenance Tamsin decides to work with him.
The deeper they delve, the more intricate the mystery becomes. As the lives of two women a century apart converge, discoveries rise up from the past and reach into the future, with irrevocable consequences…
The Naturalist’s Daughter captivated me. It’s a fabulous as the cover – and the cover is divine.
After reading this beautifully told story I want to sit on a shady bank, by a river, where Platypus live and watch them while imagining earlier time in Australia when Charles Winton and his daughter, Rose, lived.
The lives of both Rose and Tamsin, although characters living 100 years apart, are so wonderfully drawn I want more! I want to keep reading and discover other family members. (There’s a whole generation that can have its own story, so come on Tea!) I’m dying to know more about Rose’s mother and Charles during their time in Agnes Bank.
If you like historical fiction and Australian authors, put this book on your TBR pile.
Published by Harlequin (Australia)