Take one passionate writer of historical fiction and fan of strong female characters and pair her up with Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and you will create pure bliss. I adored this book! The writing is strong and honest and suggestive of the time and I was fascinated to learn how two “spare parts” (spinster women) made such a huge difference in the late 1800s’ studies of paleontology. As a passionate beach comber myself I completely understand Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot’s compulsion to scour their beach every day for some crumb of ancient history. This book has me wanting to book a ticket to Lyme Regis, as well as to read more about these two incredible women.
My only gripe about this book is that I finished it before my long flight from North Carolina home was complete. But I re-read bits — the opening line is one to study! — and woolgathered about these women and their lives and next thing I knew, we were touching down in Seattle. Remarkable Creatures is a remarkable book!