Monday, February 24, 2014

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All ThingsThe Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful, wide sweeping story. Henry Whittaker was "low born" in England but with his intelligence, he rose to be the richest man in Philadelphia in the pharmaceutical trade.

He and his Dutch wife Beatrix gave birth to Alma, and she was a chip off the old block as well in intelligence. She immersed herself in botany. Her education was very broad and she spoke several languages.

Henry enjoyed buying out private libraries and Alma was completely in charge of the library. Her adopted sister, Prudence, had very little interest in the library.

Alma's story is made of years of study, loneliness, unrequited love and travel all over the world.

I became very fond of Alma throughout the book and will miss her now that the read is finished.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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