I haven’t read enough historical fiction lately. So when I got a copy of Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce, I was ecstatic! It was exactly what I was looking for.
It’s 1950 in post-war London. Margery Benson, a lonely schoolteacher, has finally had enough: she’s ready for adventure. Ever since she was a child, her dream was to discover the elusive golden beetle of New Caledonia (an exotic, isolated island) – a beetle that may or may not exist. Margery enlists the help of an assistant on her trip, but the woman (Enid Pretty) is not what she expected. Even so, they’re forced to rely on each other in order to survive the journey.
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Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce: My Thoughts
Please stop what you’re doing and pick up this book ASAP! 👏
Miss Benson’s Beetle is historical fiction, mystery, and adventure all rolled into one incredible story of friendship and self discovery.
It’s full of love-able and flawed characters, and more than a few lough-out-loud moments. I loved the setting. Such an interesting contrast between post-war England and the bright, exotic island of New Caledonia. I found myself purposefully reading slower, because I wanted to spend more time enjoying the characters and their surroundings.
It’s the type of book I’m always in the mood for. It’s got the whole package: unique characters, adventure, intrigue, humor, a fabulous setting, and a heartwarming message. Such an enjoyable journey – highly recommended!
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars
Publication date: November 3rd, 2020
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