A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning

Veronica Speedwell #1

Deanna Raybourn

352 pages first pub 2015 (editions)

fiction historical mystery adventurous funny lighthearted mysterious medium-paced

Description

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirer...

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Community Reviews Summary of 4,396 reviews

Moods

adventurous 94%
mysterious 83%
funny 66%
lighthearted 49%
tense 8%
hopeful 7%
emotional 6%
informative 4%
inspiring 4%
relaxing 4%
dark 3%
challenging 2%
reflective 2%

Pace

medium 61%
fast 33%
slow 5%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 59% | Plot: 30% | Character: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 59% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 79% | Yes: 14% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 49% | Yes: 32% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.9

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