Starting this tonight for my irl book club.
I took a chance on this one, knowing it wasn‘t a genre a typically enjoy, because it was highly recommended. The audiobook is narrated by Juliet Stevenson, who I adore, but sadly, her narration wasn‘t enough to keep me going. Enid‘s baby obsession irritates me to no end, and I‘m not fond of Miss Benson. I think I‘ve given the story a fair shot. I‘m just not interested enough in the fates of the characters to carry on.
When you‘re looking for a warm hug of a book with exceptional narration this book delivers 💛a middle age spinster and a flamboyant free spirit join together to undertake an expedition to New Caledonia in search of the elusive golden beetle 🪲 #AllTheFeels
Back in Miami after a quick trip to Atlanta. Went for an early morning walk while listening to this delightful audio 🎧 🪲😄
Not quite what I was expecting. I liked that Miss Benson decided to follow her dream at age 47. But really, she‘s not that old. The misogyny was disturbing but probably accurate for the time period. The ex-POW was really annoying and I could have done without him. The book was good but not memorable.
You know a book is in your wheelhouse when you are torn between rushing to find out how it ends and pacing yourself because you don‘t want to be finished. The audiobook narrator, Juliet Stevenson, is absolutely fabulous. She truly brings the characters to life. I love this book!
I liked the descriptive writing and loved the progression of Margery and Enid's friendship but I found it difficult to pick this up once I'd put it down. Poor Mundic's struggles touched my heart but I felt his storyline muddied the waters and was completely unnecessary. I hated the end.
This one was between a Pick and So-So for me.
Margery Benson has set out to find a golden beetle that has never been discovered before. Out of all people, she is joined by Enid Pretty who seems to be the opposite to Margery. The story follows their journey to New Caledonia and female friendship.
It was an interesting read with many unexpected turns but it dragged a little bit while reading.
Margery Benson is a lonely and increasingly diminished home economics teacher who impetuously walks out of her job. She‘s been fascinated since she was a child by tales of the search for a golden 🪲 beetle and gives herself a good shake to organize an expedition (advertising for a companion) to an island jungle. It‘s a wild journey of self discovery, female friendship, grit, betrayal, surprise, and hope. Grudging admiration turned to liking!
When I started reading this book I didn‘t really know what to expect. I didn‘t think I was going to be so drawn into the story and the characters. I really enjoyed it and I couldn‘t put it down! I‘m so glad I received it in my Once Upon A Book Club box. 🌟🌟🌟🌟!
I debated reading this book and almost didn‘t because a book about a search for a rare beetle didn‘t grab me. But it‘s not about a beetle - it‘s a beautiful story about friendship. I‘m so glad I read it! Margery and Enid have stayed with me. The ending made me route for all women with a dream. Loved it!
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Decided to go with this one next! It's Victoria Day holiday today here in 🇨🇦🍁 so I'm sitting outside in this beautiful weather and cracking a new book open.
Joyce writes with a unique style, and her characters are eccentric and truly lovable. Thanks to Net Galley and Dial Press for the chance to read and review this book. Margery never fit in anywhere. But she loved working with beetles and remembered her father telling her about a golden beetle in New Caledonia that has never been seen. And so with her assistant Enid Pretty, she begins her journey to find the elusive beetle. ⬇️
I was charmed and laughed out loud and cheered on these two women as they stumbled towards their best friendship. But the last 20 pages were so disappointing and the end flat and while this was well-written, a thoroughly creative idea and lively and quirky plot, ultimately, it just shrivelled. So sad. 3.5/5
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Margery Benson is a spinster obsessed with finding a beetle that no one has ever seen. It‘s 1950 and Margery decides to go all the way to New Caledonia to find this beetle. She ends up bringing along an assistant who is full of surprises and secrets. Lots of challenges and funny moments but this is ultimately a book about how friendship can grow and flourish in the most unlikely of situations. It‘s fiction but love how it‘s based on a real photo!
The characters and adventures are memorable! I was even a tad bit surprised by an event near the end, which is always a good thing. My seemingly common complaint these days though is that the story could have been pared down - I felt in some places the scenes were unnecessarily drawn out or in ways repetitive.
You can‘t go wrong with Juliet Stevenson narrating! She‘d make a cereal box entertaining. 😄
I started this on NYE and finished partly into the new year. This is my first book of 2021, and it‘s a good one. Margery gives up her old life teaching home economics in 1950 in order to hunt for a previously unknown species of beetle and is joined by her assistant. Margery has to overcome her own self doubt and doubts about her new companion while she searches for this bug. I didn‘t expect this to be as gripping as it was! I really enjoyed it!
Lovely last read of the year 😁 What an adventure these two go on. If you like Joyce‘s other books you‘ll like this one.
A bit of a lighter read for last read of the year.
This book is whacky and imperfect but also charming and meaningful. The book centers on two females who, through the development of a friendship, understand what it means to be their authentic selves. They give each other the courage to fight against social conventions and see their true selves. I recommend this book for those who understand & celebrate the power of female friendship.
CW: implied assault, mental illness, and dog-related death.