The Signature of All Things
The author of Eat, Pray, Love (2006) returns to fiction with this spellbinding story spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Born in 1800, Alma Whittaker (daughter of the richest man in Philadelphia), eventually becomes a renowned botanist like her father before her. Resigned to spinsterhood, she falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a botanical illustrator and spiritualist. Can Alma, a clear-minded scientist, and Ambrose, a utopian artist, make things work? Holland, Peru, and Tahiti are just a few of the glorious settings in this exquisitely researched, enthralling tale of love, adventure, and discovery.