Award-winning novelist Joan Thomas blends truth and fiction, ardour and technology during this lovely novel set in 19th-century Lyme Regis, England the beach city that's the environment of either The French Lieutenant's girl and Jane Austen's Persuasion.

More than forty years prior to the book of The foundation of Species, 12-year-old Mary Anning, a cabinet-maker's daughter, discovered the 1st intact skeleton of a prehistoric dolphin-like creature, and spent a 12 months chipping it from the gentle cliffs close to Lyme Regis. This used to be purely the 1st of many very important discoveries made by means of this wonderful lady, possibly crucial paleontologist of her day.

Henry de l. a. Beche was once the son of a gentry kin, proprietors of a slave-worked property in Jamaica the place he spent his youth. As a teen again in England, he ran clear of army collage, and shortly came across himself dwelling along with his based, cynical mom in Lyme Regis, the place he pursued his ardour for drawing and portray the landscapes and fossils of the realm. One morning on an excursion to determine a rare discovery — an incredible fossil — he meets a tender lady in contrast to someone he has ever met…

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