J.E. Burke, conchologist with the Royal Philosophical Society, is not what any of the men of the ship Tenacious expected. And Lieutenant Charles Dance is nothing that Burke could have ever imagined. This makes for a hilarious and entertaining read from Elizabeth Essex that is at once feisty, fierce, and dare I say feminist. When J. E. Burke’s first name turns out to be Jane, the party of naturalists on a South American expedition becomes scandalously coed. With women thought to be a pox on a nautical journey…
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