Author Kimberly Duffy gets an A with her debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings!
Her book is an exciting read, with vivid descriptions of the sights and ambience of India.
This isn’t a light, silly book, it’s a story of deep emotions, well formed characters, written with intelligent insight. I look forward to Mrs. Duffy’s next dozen novels.
About the story: Nora Shipley is a student at Cornell University, studying to get her bachelor’s degree in Entymology. Nora Shipley’s character is based on the real person Anna Comstock. Now, Nora doesn’t get along with her step-father, and after a huge incident between her stepfather and herself ,she packs her bags and takes up her college professor’s offer to study abroad in India. In India, she experiences prejudice because she is a female, and suspicions about her abilities to be a scientist. After being there a few weeks, she is invited to a dinner. At the dinner, she tells Mission board director that he has failed in rescuing a young Christian girl, Sita.
Nora has become involved in Sita’s plight, and vows to help her any way she can.
Owen Epps is the romantic interest, and another scientist, but Nora feels that she can’t allow herself to become involved with him because her career and independence are very important to her. I liked how she kept her distance from him. It allowed her to become firmly established in the story for her own merits.
I was able to relate to Nora because she’s blunt, honest, intelligent, and probably introverted. Quick-witted, astute.
This book was well written, it was clear and fluid, and at times riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. Some well-done drama in parts of the story. It was a book I looked forward to reading.
I was drawn in quickly, and got completely absorbed in the story at times.
What I didn’t like was, God and Jesus were mentioned a few times, but a strong Christian message was not central to the theme. The romance part was a bit repetitive, and predictable.
The characters were excellent and I found them easy enough to relate to. Their connection and the way they interacted with each other was sometimes funny, sometimes deep. I found that a great relief. I’m so weary of Christian romance and Christian historical fiction written for a person with a 5th grade education. This book didn’t fall short at all in delivering a good, solid story and a myriad of fascinating details about the people , India, America, travel, and entomology. It would be rewarding and satisfying to be a research scientist. This book lets you get a glimpse of what that’s like.
You can learn more about Anna Comstock, the person this story revolved around, by searching for Anna Comstock on Startpage or DuckDuckGo.
Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean, intelligently written Christian historical fiction. Her knowledge of India, and her obvious connection to it, made the book a worthwhile and powerful story.
And, as always, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Until next time……