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Woman of her day ever dared to go Her fearless ambition will give her a place in history for all time But it is her passionate heart which will lead her into a consuming love and mortal peril This is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read in a long time Impeccably researched and beautifully written the metaphor of the butterfly is applied brilliantly to this tale of Eleanor Glanville a woman scientist ahead of her time Mountain does a very good job of using the available facts it is a true story to make a compelling narrative From the opening where Nell is a misunderstood child through the trials of war and rebellion her turbulent love life and her tussle with the fenlandthis novel grips right until her re birth at the end of the bookI won't tell you how I shall be highly recommending it as a partner read to those who read my book The Lady's Slipper which is also set in the 17th century

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F a Puritan soldier who fears for his brilliant daughter with her dangerous passion for natural history and for butterflies in particularHer reckless courage will take her to places where no In Lady of the Butterflies author Fiona Mountain tackles the life of the spirited and tenacious Eleanor Glanville Known today as one of the pioneer entomologists of the 17th century Eleanor was an anomaly among the women of her day and her personal life was no less captivating Raised by her staunch Puritan father after the death of her mother and sister Eleanor’s childhood was sheltered and lonely For a child whose very soul craved fresh air freedom and nature she found it difficult to adhere to the restrictions of her father’s religion Though education was for boys Eleanor’s father encouraged her studies in nature especially her love of butterflies as to him they were a sign from God of hope and eternal life Not everyone appreciated Eleanor’s inuisitive nature though and townspeople were sure she was a little touched in the head After all this was the 17th century and superstition rampant in small towns with many still believing that butterflies are souls of the undead and to study them is akin to witchcraft Through love passion heartache and diversity readers follow Eleanor through her life as a mother wife lover and scientist At the soul of the novel is Eleanor’s passionate love affair with the devastatingly charming Richard Glanville With all its beautiful complexities and layers I was entranced by the intensity of their relationshipA mix of historical fact and the author’s imagination Lady of the Butterflies is an elegantly written novel that kept me up til all hours of the night and had me utterly gripped from page one I have since added her other books to my wishlist and will be recommending this novel to everyone I know Never again will I look at butterflies without thinking of the extraordinary Eleanor Glanville Children of Nazis: The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father's Monstrous Legacy in particularHer reckless courage will take her to places where no In Lady of the Butterflies author Fiona Mountain tackles the life of the spirited and tenacious Eleanor Glanville Known today as one of the pioneer entomologists of the 17th century Eleanor was an anomaly among the women of her day and her personal life was no less captivating Raised by her staunch Puritan father after the death of her mother and sister Eleanor’s childhood was sheltered and lonely For a child whose very soul craved fresh air freedom and nature she found Krautrocksampler it difficult to adhere to the restrictions of her father’s religion Though education was for boys Eleanor’s father encouraged her studies ¡Qué presente impresentable! in nature especially her love of butterflies as to him they were a sign from God of hope and eternal life Not everyone appreciated Eleanor’s Orione il cane pasticcione inuisitive nature though and townspeople were sure she was a little touched Socrates' Second Sailing: On Plato's Republic in the head After all this was the 17th century and superstition rampant Una grande e terribile bellezza in small towns with many still believing that butterflies are souls of the undead and to study them Compass: The Journey of the Soul from Egypt to the Promised Land is akin to witchcraft Through love passion heartache and diversity readers follow Eleanor through her life as a mother wife lover and scientist At the soul of the novel عندما بكى نيتشه is Eleanor’s passionate love affair with the devastatingly charming Richard Glanville With all Pokémon Black and White, Vol. 1 its beautiful complexities and layers I was entranced by the From There to Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury intensity of their relationshipA mix of historical fact and the author’s Nobile o brigante? imagination Lady of the Butterflies Max Celebrates Chinese New Year is an elegantly written novel that kept me up til all hours of the night and had me utterly gripped from page one I have since added her other books to my wishlist and will be recommending this novel to everyone I know Never again will I look at butterflies without thinking of the extraordinary Eleanor Glanville


10 thoughts on “Lady of the Butterflies

  1. says:

    First of all a complaint regarding so many reviews I've seen about this book in which the protagonist's name is spelled incorrectly Did you seriously even read the book? Did you miss the fact that this book is based on a real person? H ello it's Eleanor Glanville How do you read an entire book about someone and then misspell the main character's last name? Glanville Say it with me It's not Granville I'm embarrassed for youMoving onI don't often do the whole historical romance thing because heaving bosoms isn't generally my thing But this ARC crossed my path and I ran with it and I can honestly say I rather enjoyed it The story traces the life and times of Eleanor Glanville a 17th century entomologist whose particular interest was in butterflies Her interest was encouraged by her father from a young age rather unheard of for the time and her scientific nature got her in some trouble later on in life when her second husband and her first son from her first marriage tried to pass her off as insane You know women shouldn't be all smart and all it makes their menfolk look dumber than they might beThere were a few occasions that I was concerned it would be a little too melodramatic for my tastes When I read historical fiction I want to be able to learn something and Glanville's relationships with men was not what I was interested in discovering Her studies were what drew me into the story but that aspect of her life was often overshadowed by her sexual experiences I know I know sex sells blah blah blahOverall though I was enthralled throughout Fiona Mountain seems to be a fabulous writer with a true interest in telling a story She clearly did research on the politics of the time the day to day life experiences a woman might have at in the 1600s in England even the clothing the characters wore Since this was an ARC I can't comment on the final publication that hit stores this month but even for an ARC I thought it was fantastic If you're into historical fiction historical romances even knock yourself out And if you're just in it for the science and the pretty butterflies like myself you still probably won't be disappointed


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  3. says:

    Lady of the Butterflies Fiona MountainThis is the story of Eleanor Glanville daughter of a Puritan Nobleman on the marshlands of England Set in the 17th century it chronicles her life from childhood to adulthoodFamily tragedies war betrayals passion occur Eleanor is not the average woman she is a woman before her times She has an obsessive interest in science particularly that of butterflies This causes the town people to think her mad crazed even a witch She is a passionate woman with a lustful scandalous obsession that adds to her troubles Despite the challenges she faces she becomes a pioneer of science juggling family and estateA true fascinating tale based on the life of Eleanor Glanville Ms Mountain is descriptive in detail of the times Also well researched I learned a lot about butteries I highly recommend to those who love historical fiction based upon actual historical people I won on GR'S give a ways


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    In Lady of the Butterflies author Fiona Mountain tackles the life of the spirited and tenacious Eleanor Glanville Known today as one of the pioneer entomologists of the 17th century Eleanor was an anomaly among the women of her day and her personal life was no less captivating Raised by her staunch Puritan father after the death of her mother and sister Eleanor’s childhood was sheltered and lonely For a child whose very soul craved fresh air freedom and nature she found it difficult to adhere to the restrictions of her father’s religion Though education was for boys Eleanor’s father encouraged her studies in nature especially her love of butterflies as to him they were a sign from God of hope and eternal life Not everyone appreciated Eleanor’s inuisitive nature though and townspeople were sure she was a little touched in the head After all this was the 17th century and superstition rampant in small towns with many still believing that butterflies are souls of the undead and to study them is akin to witchcraft Through love passion heartache and diversity readers follow Eleanor through her life as a mother wife lover and scientist At the soul of the novel is Eleanor’s passionate love affair with the devastatingly charming Richard Glanville With all its beautiful complexities and layers I was entranced by the intensity of their relationshipA mix of historical fact and the author’s imagination Lady of the Butterflies is an elegantly written novel that kept me up til all hours of the night and had me utterly gripped from page one I have since added her other books to my wishlist and will be recommending this novel to everyone I know Never again will I look at butterflies without thinking of the extraordinary Eleanor Glanville


  5. says:

    WOW I read this book in two days I couldn't wait to get started on it as soon as I read the book description and found out I was getting an advance reader copy I opened the front cover when I got it and couldn't put it down This author was such a fabulous writer She based the book on fact filled it with such rich history facts on the study of butterflies and how it came about that the women in the book started studying them You felt as if you were there with the characters and the descriptions of the countryside You can't put the book down you are so drawn into the story and can't wait to see what is going to happen next in her life The story at the end of how the writer came across her story Eleanor's how she found out all of the information on her life and that of her husbands children and that of the others in the story is as fascinating as the book itselfIf you don't buy another book this year pick this one up I guarantee whomever you may be you will love this book I wish I could give it than five starsThis book was based on the 17th century life of Eleanor Glanville who grew up on the ancient marshlands of Somerset her life marked by two reckless passions a fascination with natural history and butterflies in particular and a tempestuous love affair with the dashing soldier Richard Glanville a romance that nearly cost her everythingIn a world where butterflies were believed to be the souls of the dead Eleanor was regarded as little better than a witch But her story set against a backdrop of war betrayal and sexual obsession is the life of a truly great scientific pioneer a passionate women far ahead of her time


  6. says:

    Beauty AND brains That is the ideal combination to a man right? If so then Eleanor Glanville had it all Class as the daughter of a nobleman and intelligence with a love and knack for science As a female who graduated college with a 40 GPA I welcome ANY book telling the tale of a strong intellectual female Fiona Mountain truly wrote a beautiful work with Lady of the Butterflies Combining elements of dedicated intelligence with obessesion Eleanor tends to pick science experimentation over her children at times; Lady of the Butterflies is emotional vivid and will leave you clamboring for details Which is easy to do because the novel is a smooth exciting read I know we hear this often but you seriously won't be able to put this one downFilled with well known scientists this book is both a history lesson and a the plot of period piece film Another strong female in history but one not as discussed Lady of the Butterflies is a must read


  7. says:

    This is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read in a long time Impeccably researched and beautifully written the metaphor of the butterfly is applied brilliantly to this tale of Eleanor Glanville a woman scientist ahead of her time Mountain does a very good job of using the available facts it is a true story to make a compelling narrative From the opening where Nell is a misunderstood child through the trials of war and rebellion her turbulent love life and her tussle with the fenlandthis novel grips right until her re birth at the end of the bookI won't tell you how I shall be highly recommending it as a partner read to those who read my book The Lady's Slipper which is also set in the 17th century


  8. says:

    Just didn't grab me Lovely writing style if a bit too descriptive at times Author obviously has talent The problem for me is I'm not interested in the draining of England's swamps and rivers or Puritans For me to spend 4 days reading a 500 page novel it must GRAB me and hold me This particular tale is too slow for my taste If was cropped to 300 pages or thereabouts and got to the point I would probably love it Thus DNF


  9. says:

    Author Shows Promise But This Novel Is InconsistantThis is the first novel I've read by Fiona Mountain and it started out well enough I enjoyed the many details of the period; the story begins with a prologue set in 1695 then starts in earnest in 1662 when Eleanor Goodricke is a nine year old girl growing up in the village of Tickenham EnglandMountain does an excellent job setting the place and the politics of the period with details about Roundheads Cavaliers Puritan values and prejudices the conflicts over draining the Fens the tradition of Guy Fawkes Day and beliefs about the natural world including butterfliesThe book itself is beautiful; the cover art on the dust jacket the end pages with illustrations of butterflies and the title page with its lovely illustration of butterflies and beautiful lettering The novel is told in four parts the page marking each part of the story is illustrated with butterflies in various stages of development and each chapter has a lovely image reflecting the season the chapter takes place in Even the first letter of every chapter is richly embellished and beautiful I am a reader who appreciates this type of detailUnfortunately the story itself doesn't maintain the same kind of attention to detail While the beginning is very good and shows great promise the uality falls off rather dramatically around page three hundred and fifteen when it seems to turn itself into a romance novel A romance complete with characters whose attraction and chemistry does not come across to the reader events that are unbelievable and lack any feel of authenticity as well as the clichéd turn of events that serve only to stretch tension and suspense but which did nothing but disappoint this readerThe ending somewhat redeems the story by elaborating on the relationship between Eleanor and James Petiver the distinguished entomologist I was looking forward to reading about Eleanor's obsession with butterflies and didn't feel very satisfied in that regard the ending does shed light on that aspect of her life However even amid the wonder of science and the fascination with observing metamorphosis there is still a moment where events that unfold will only appeal to fans of the cheesy romance novelI think this author could have a future writing great historical fiction if she decides to abandon the clichéd techniues of the romance novelist This was an interesting story and I enjoyed parts of it but was disappointed in the lack of butterflies and the abundance of romance Fans of romance novels will likely love this novel for those readers I would highly recommend this book


  10. says:

    2 12 stars I hate it when I have a love hate relationship with a book It makes deciding to keep reading or dump difficult It also makes rating difficult I’m going with 3 stars but my real rating is like 2 ½ stars I usually round up if I think a book is worth checking out and even though I found some parts of this book irritating I do think it is worth looking into The beginning parts were interesting Eleanor’s relationship with her father was rather fascinating to me While he was a strict Puritan he was also open minded to new ideas and seemed to indulge Eleanor when it came to her education You would think this would make him likeable but he was also a complete jerk sometimes It made him a well rounded character Eleanor howeverI don’t know I liked her sometimes but other times I just wanted throttle to her She was just so darn naïve While I realize her personality was mostly due to her strict Puritan upbringing and lack of experience as she grew her naivety didn’t go away Her constant mooning over Edward and then Richard just about did me in Those are the parts where this book read like a sappy romance and less as a historical fiction And this led to weird pacing in the book The parts that shined were the beautiful scenery descriptions talk of the political times and Eleanor’s butterfly discoveries but I felt like I had to wade through all the romance drama to get to those good parts By the end of the book the only character I really liked was James Petiver the apothecary who introduced Eleanor to entomology While it seems the ending stayed true to life I had a hard time understanding Eleanor and Richard’s convoluted marriage I also didn’t understand Eleanor’s decision at the end view spoilerThis is a woman who chased down her husband for days looking for her son and then all of a sudden she decides she needs freedom It didn’t make sense to me Had she come to the realization that she couldn’t fight society and win any I would’ve understood but to just forgive and leave it all was beyond my comprehension hide spoiler


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