About Inventing Vivian
Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.
After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.
I love everything about this book! The way the author, Jennifer Moore, wrote her characters, her plot, and the added mystery. Everything combines to make this book amazing.
Vivian is such a great character! You don’t often see young ladies of the Victorian period in a questionable shop. But Vivian goes there, and she makes the owner her friend. I loved her inventor side. She had so many fun inventions in her home. And she worked to be sure she was the best inventor she could be. She must have done a good job because she secured a spot in a special exposition. Which she put in jeopardy to help a friend. I love Vivian.
Then there’s Benedict. He’s a kind man. Recently returned to England from China, and longing for the culture and food of China. I loved how he brought his friend back with him. And how he fought for better working conditions and treatment of all kinds of people. Benedict is good people. It was interesting how these two had a history that wasn’t the best. But ended up having to put it aside to work towards a common goal. I loved that!
This book is fantastic! I think you’d be wise to read Solving Sophronia before this one. There are certain pieces of the puzzle that will make more sense that way.
I was sent a copy of this book as a gift by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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