I had the lovely experience of spending a recent Saturday afternoon with no internet access. To pass the time I picked up my copy of The Lady Astronomer and dove in. I can say without a doubt that the book and its characters are charming and inviting.
The story follows Lucretia, a studious and budding astronomer, her pets (An owl and a lemur) and her brothers, an astronomer and an inventor as they work to build a Forty Foot Telescope for the king.
I feel like this is a good book for young adults. From start to finish it took me about three hours to read. Parts of the story line feel a bit contrived, and I feel like some of the place descriptions could have been fleshed out a bit more, but the characters are likable, and it made for an afternoon’s pleasant reading. Also, I now want a lemur. Not an actual lemur, but rather one like the one Ms. O’Dowd writes about.