Miss Benson's Beetle

Miss Benson's Beetle

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She's going too far to go it alone.

It is 1950. London is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson, a schoolteacher and spinster, is trying to get through life, surviving on scraps. One day, she reaches her breaking point, abandoning her job and small existence to set out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist--the golden beetle of New Caledonia. When she advertises for an assistant to accompany her, the woman she ends up with is the last person she had in mind. Fun-loving Enid Pretty in her tight-fitting pink suit and pom-pom sandals seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. But together these two British women find themselves drawn into a cross-ocean adventure that exceeds all expectations and delivers something neither of them expected to find: the transformative power of friendship.

Title:Miss Benson's Beetle
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593230954
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    Miss Benson's Beetle Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Rachel Joyce weaves an emotionally moving, magical, offbeat historical adventure novel set in the 1950s, a post-war drab and colourless Britain of shortages and rationing, of two widely different wome...

  • MarilynW

    Reading Miss Benson's Beetle brought to mind the works of Charles Dickens and also, a beautiful Masterpiece Theater movie, to be made someday (I wish). I haven't cast the characters of Madgery Benson ...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE, DON'T MISS THIS GREAT NOVEL***5 stars for this incredible surprise of a novel! I pretty much went into this book blind. I’ve never read this author but there was so much buzz arou...

  • JanB

    “The truest friendships are those that allow us to step out of the confines of what we once were, and to realize instead what we might be”.It’s 1950, and Margery is a middle-aged unmarried teach...

  • Miranda Reads

    Just finished my April OwlCrate & OUABC Mystery Unboxing & Review Video ! Discount code for OUABC: MIRANDAREADS10 The surprise book box from Once Upon a Book Club came from their...

  • Angela M

    There are quirky characters in this story that at times seemed far fetched. BUT - these are characters who touched my heart and had me rooting them all the way. Margery Benson suffered a traumatic exp...

  • Beata

    An emotional read for me, telling a story of a most unlikely friendship between two women who share nothing at the beginning and something most precious at the end of the novel.Margery Benson, in her ...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: When Margery was ten, she fell in love with a beetle. It was a bright summer's day and all the windows of the rectory were open. She had an idea about sailing her wooden animals across the fl...

  • Libby

    I loved this book and it’s quirky characters. Margary is in her late 40s and has never married although she had a decade long crush on a professor at the Natural History Museum. She never dresses up...

  • PorshaJo

    Rating 4.5Wow! Another great one in the new year. Honestly, I saw a few reviews of this one and thought 'beetles' not my thing. Then when browsing my library audio listing the cover caught my attentio...