⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 stars
Blurb: ‘In the 18th century, Dawnay Price is an anomaly. An educated foundling, a woman of science in a time when such things are unheard-of, she overcomes her origins to become a natural philosopher. Against the conventions of the day, and to the alarm of her male contemporaries, she sets sail to Portugal to develop her theories. There she makes some startling discoveries – not only in an ancient cave whose secrets hint at a previously undiscovered civilisation, but also in her own heart. The siren call of science is powerful, but as war approaches she finds herself pulled in another direction by feelings she cannot control.’
‘Song of the Sea Maid’ by Rebecca Mascull is the beautifully told story of a girl named Dawnay. As a small girl she is living on the streets of 18th century London with her brother, stealing food to survive. When they get separated, she tries to survive alone but ends up in a home for the destitute. There, she is receiving the basic education she needs to work and find a husband. But for Dawnay, hungry for knowledge and adventure, that is not enough and she starts quietly rebelling against the restrictions and limitations girls and women faced at that time. She is determined to become a natural philosopher and nothing will stop her. Along the way, she is not only discovering scientific wonders, but she is also discovering herself.
This is such a vividly told story, that it felt like I was there with Dawnay every step of the way and it kept me engaged all the way to the end (which came far too quickly I might add!). The story had some lovely twists, so I was never quite able to guess what might happen next and I just couldn’t put the book down. If you enjoy historical fiction, then I highly recommend ‘Song of the Sea Maid’. It will leave you wanting more!