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The Signature of All Things



Genre: Historical Family SagaA Penguin Book Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143125842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143125846

The Signature of All Things (From publisher’s website)

Elizabeth Gilbert


She begins life as a baby with “a face like a bowl of porridge . . . pale as a painted floor” (p. 2). She is to end it as a biologist of unique accomplishments, mentioned in the same breath with the great evolutionists Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin. In the more than eighty years in between, she will know extraordinary wealth and almost total deprivation. She will experience the heights of passion and the utter depths of loneliness. She will very nearly circle the globe in search of answers, both to scientific mysteries and to the inexplicable riddles of the human heart. She is Alma Whittaker, the heroine of Elizabeth Gilbert’s panoramic novel The Signature of All Things, and she is one of the most memorable creations in the current generation of American fiction.

Alma is the only biological daughter of Henry Whittaker, an Englishman who has used every means within his grasp to rise from poverty to wrestle wealth from a scornful and resistant world. The ticket to Henry’s success has been an almost instinctive knowledge of plants, passed down to him by his own father, a master horticulturist at the court of King George III. Unlike his threadbare father, Henry has learned how to make plants pay; he comes to dominate the market for the trees used to produce quinine and becomes the wealthiest man in his adopted home of Philadelphia. Alma inherits her father’s fascination with botany, as well as his love of argument and confrontation, but she also has what he does not have: an unquenchable sense of wonder and a zeal for knowledge that is driven not by the love of profit, but by the love of life and all that makes it function. Lonely and misunderstood, but also brilliant and intensely curious, Alma studies the humblest forms of plant life, unwittingly embarking on a path of inquiry that will lead her to the darkest mysteries of evolutionary theory. On the way, she falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a uniquely gifted artist whose airy idealism and spiritual light attract her like a moth to a flame. Body clashes with spirit and science intertwines with religion as the two unlikely lovers journey, together and apart, toward their strange and improbable destinies.

Brilliantly researched and lovingly crafted by the internationally renowned author of Eat, Pray, Love, The Signature of All Things carries the reader breathlessly across the globe. The novel also covers equally vast spaces in human consciousness, ranging from the coolly rational to the pitiably insane. It is a work of extraordinary faith and of deep scientific reflection. Perhaps above all, it is the story of an irrepressible woman, determined to satisfy her most powerful urges toward both love and knowledge. A novel immersed in all the great questions of the nineteenth century, The Signature of All Things is also very much a novel for our times-and for all time.



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS  by Elizabeth Gilbert is an interesting Historical Family Saga/A Penguin Book Fiction set from America to Tahiti. This is the tale, of a female botanist during the nineteenth century, Alma Whittaker and her trials, struggles and triumphs. Filled with adventure, discovery, plants, science, research, and adventure. An engrossing tale that is vibrant and exciting. A tale of a renowned botanist born before her time but who finds her place among plants and scientist. With a bit of romance though into the mix. Alma, finds a love amongst her travels that leads her toward the spiritual and magical as well as evolution. A epic tale. If you enjoy plants, science, adventure, research, and discovery, you should read THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. Well written historical with engaging characters and a interesting storyline. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Genre: Children’s Books/ Family/ Religious Fiction/Science/ Eco-System

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Caroline Fairless; 1 edition (March 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615993540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615993546


*From Amazon*

How fortunate we are that Caroline decided to retrieve The Dance of the Caterpillars from its 1980’s hiding place in the filing cabinet. How grateful we are that Fisher called to her. How thankful we are that we are able to receive the message of hope across the decades from this very special fourth-grader in our world of increasing disconnectedness from ourselves and each other and from our rightful place in the natural world. Fisher reminds us there is some Fisher in all of us: a longing to belong. The Dance takes me to the space between The Wizard of Oz and Where the Wild Things Are, a step closer to the journey home, the journey to the undivided life. Fisher makes me think of a slightly older version of Max from Wild Things, growing up in a deforming world, yet still able to hold onto to that birthright ability to see, to hear, to connect. Fisher reminds me that I still have that birthright, too, and it’s not too late for me to notice and nurture the magic and the mystery, inside and out. Fisher’s voice reads like poetry, and I find myself letting go of learned restraints as I get caught up in The Dance. Caroline writes of The Dance that it is her sweetest of her books… This one will be cherished by readers of all ages.


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  The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting.



THE DANCE OF THE CATERPILLARS- IN THE TIME BEFORE TEXTING by Caroline S. Fairless is an interesting Children’s Book/Family/Religious Fiction/Science/Eco-System. A cherish tale for all ages. Fisher will steal your heart. A longing to belong, Fisher, a fourth grader,  reminds us all, that there was a time of magic, before testing, imagination, and a time long before testing where people talked face to face with each other. A magical and interesting read, where nature pulls, Fisher, outside. Caterpillars turns into something beautiful. Fisher, reminds us, we are looking to belong in a world of disconnections and modern technology. Eco-friendly, and filled with nature, you will enjoy your walk through Fisher’s imagination.

The author retrieved this story from her basement and decided to finally published Fisher’s tale of the “Dance of the Caterpillars”.

Well written with wonderful illustrations. Fisher, is likeable, and filled with imagination. I enjoyed this tale!

Received for an honest review from the author.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: none

Reviewed by: AprilR, of My Book Addiction and More






Genre: Historical  Romance (Regency)

Series: Banks Brothers’ Brides #1

Source: Received from the author.

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478295155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478295150

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: July 1, 2012
Edward Banks, Lord Watson has known most of his life that one day Regina Harris was to be his bride–but somebody forgot to inform her… An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward is pleased to find that he won?t have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady. Young and naive, it doesn’t take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the gentleman she’s to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth. Now, it’s up to a gentleman who’s more comfortable in a conservatory than a drawing room to prove to Regina that she’s more than just the proverbial sacrificial lamb that helped gain her family their foot in Society’s door and that he–if no other gentleman–is trustworthy. But he just might be the one doing the learning as he’ll be forced to acknowledge that sometimes the most combustible elements aren’t the ones you control, but sometimes the ones you don’t.


HIS CONTRACT BRIDE by Rose Gordon is an exciting Regency historical romance set in 1781 London. A wonderful story of love and everything that entails. Follow, Edward Banks, Lord Watson and Regina Harris his bride to be, on a journey of discovery,a social-climbing papa,scientific man who enjoys science more that anything,trust and love. Written with a bit of humor,but with a powerful story. A social-climbing papa,who is not only a social-climber but also a liar. When Regina learns the truth behind her marriage she is devastated. She has come to love her new husband and trusted him. Edward, finds there might be more than science when dealing with his lovely,sensuous wife. Ms. Gordon has written a Regency romance with a few twists and turns . A fast paced,adventure filled story from the first page to the last page. A must read for any avid historical readers who enjoys witty banter,family drama and love of a lifetime. Received from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book  Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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