3 of 5 stars
I was excited to read this book especially based on all the wonderful reviews it had received. While I agree with many of the good things other reviewers wrote, I did not love this book. The opening sequence about Henry's rise to power and wealth was captivating and I was eagerly turning the pages. However, I was not a fan of all the exposition in the book. I understand that Alma had a brilliant mind, but I skipped page after page about her fascination with moss. It was tedious and boring to me. Alma's trip to Tahiti was not satisfying either especially her conversation with Tomorrow Morning.
I don't want to go into too much detail so as not to spoil the plot for new readers. The character of Prudence was a puzzle. I would have loved to have a chapter or two in her POV. What was going through her mind? She was an enigma to Alma and frankly to me as well for the choices she made. The author has a beautiful writing style, but I would have liked to see less exposition and more dialogue and action instead.