Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce

Miss Benson’s Beetle opening lines: 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.

Miss Benson's Beetle

My blurb:

Marjory Benson is on the adventure of a lifetime. She is looking for the golden beetle, in one of the remotest places on earth. Her assistant Enid Pretty is not all she seems. But together they will teach each other life lessons. And learn about friendship. But most importantly, they will learn to live.

Miss Benson’s Beetle

Margery Benson’s life ended the day her father walked out of his study and never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises for an assistant. The successful candidate is to accompany Margery on an expedition to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery’s expectations, eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain.

About the book:
A story about the smallest insect and the deepest friendship from the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry  and The Music Shop. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story and it is also a tender exploration of a friendship between two unforgettable women that defies all boundaries.
My verdict:

What a fantastic feel good book. With just enough excitement and intrigue to keep you turning the pages. And a great insight into the life of the Colonial women and post War life.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780857521996
Format Trade Paperback
Published July 2020

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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4 thoughts on “Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce

  1. it seems amazing that someone could turn something about the search for a beetle into what sounds like a wonderful book. that is talent!

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