the botanists daughter ; kayte nunn! {book review}

Very exciring book tour today, I’m reviewing the beautiful ‘The Botanist’s Daugjher by Kayte Nunn, which I was very excited to read – it looked amazing!.. and it didn’t disappoint.


Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower … In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father’s quest for a rare, miraculous plant. She faces a perilous sea voyage, unforeseen dangers and treachery that threatens her entire family. In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a sketchbook of dazzling watercolours, a photograph inscribed ‘Spring 1886’ and a small bag of seeds. It sets her on a path far from her safe, carefully ordered life, and on a journey that will force her to face her own demons. In this spellbinding botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception, Kayte Nunn has so exquisitely researched nineteenth-century Cornwall and Chile you can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers, the touch of the flora on your fingertips …

Two women, separated by centuries.

Can a mysterious flower bring them together?

About the Author

Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor and features writer and is the author of two contemporary novels. The Botanist’s Daughter is her first historical novel, and stems in part from her love of flowers and botanical art.

My Thoughts 

I really do quite enjoy a novel that goes back and forward within time, you get to experience and get a feel for the two different periods, and I find that enjoyable as a reader.

The story follows two womem, which again, love a strong female role in a book {girl power n all that}, both women are in the same proffesion, being botanist medicane, and throughout it flipping back and forward in time you see how they work, what’s the same and different.

The first in the 1880s in Victorian England with Elizabeth, and the second in 2017 based in Sydney with Anna. Elizabeth takes over where her father John couldn’t finish his work, where we follow her to Chile looking for a rare and dangerous plant with her assistant Daisy. the journey had me captivated throughout the pages.

With Anna, she is a horticulturist, while in her grandmother’s home, she comes across a tin, filled with things, where she also embarks on a journey to Cornwall in England, finding out about some seeds, and more about her past.

I absolutely loved reading every page of this novel, it was so beautifully told by Kayte, I would recommend this to everyone to pick up. It would be a lovely Summer read, especially if you want a bit of a mystery / journey to get yourself involved in.


‘Here in this garden was the proof: while some lives ended, the rest of the world marched relentlessly on.’

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them.’

I can’t possibly finish the book review without speaking about the cover, ah, it’s literally dreamy, birds, flowers on a gorgeous baby blue back colour, it’s defianley one of the nicest covers I’ve seen for a while.

You can purchase The Botanists Daughter ~ here ~ !


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Thank you so much to Alex at Orion books for sending me over this copy, and for invlduing me in the book tour. Huge thanks to Kayte too!

x S


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