Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Set in the flapper era, when "proper" young girls pursued gentle activities and filled hope chests, got married early and deferred to their husbands for all major decisions, this story about a girl who doesn't quite fit in was trying to do a little too much.
It's entirely plausible that Garnet was really good at science, that she didn't fit her mother's expectations for what her life should become. It's also plausible that she fell in love with Isabelle. But both? That felt a little much. Her confusion about her role, her desire to do something more than marriage and family were all very real, as was her love of ornithology and her obvious talent at the paper silhouettes of the various birds. You could easily imagine how a smart girl in that era might chafe at societal expectations and yearn for adventure and freedom. Had Isabelle merely provided that outlet: a flapper, a runaway, a girl who fishes and lives alone and has that freedom, I would have been much happier. The love aspect just ruined the book for me - it wasn't necessary and read almost as though the author was trying to say "if you don't fit in, if you're smart, etc., you're possibly a lesbian."
ARC provided by publisher.