Fossil Woman - A Novel
A million years ago, humans walked the earth in tribes, their lives precariously short, their stories mostly untold. Ifa was such a woman.
And her story is at the beginning of all things.
As a woman raised in the 1950s, Henrietta Ballantine has always had to prove herself. Homeschooled to challenge her intellectually, Henrietta spent her childhood with a strict Russian tutor and an overbearing mother for whom she could do nothing right. It’s her science-driven father who finally manages to give Henrietta refuge within the Smithsonian’s glorious walls. There she learns a love of ancient things, of secrets hidden in the ground. Of fossils.
How could Henrietta and Ifa, two women born thousands of millennia apart, forge a connection, one that may ultimately fulfill Henrietta’s greatest desire? The answer will be found deep beneath the sediment, in fossils that tell a wondrous story of endurance, of resilience…of women.
Fossil Thief - A Henrietta Ballantine Adventure
Frozen landscapes, hidden truths... In a world of isolation and deception, fossils reveal untold stories.
In the second adventure of the Fossil Woman series, Henrietta Ballantine has her future all figured out. With her Ph.D. in hand, she's ready to embark on explorations and digs alongside her new husband, geologist Frank Bailey. However, when Frank’s company sends him to the remote town of Mammoth, North Dakota, Henrietta’s carefully constructed future begins to shatter.
Struggling to find employment in the male-dominated science field of the 1960s and feeling increasingly isolated in their snow-shrouded bungalow, Henrietta's frustration peaks. A chance encounter reopens the doors to paleontology, propelling Henrietta to a dinosaur dig in the badlands. But all is not what it seems on the dig and suspicion looms as she's shut out by her male colleagues.
As a sinister plot emerges, Henrietta must use her wits and determination to uncover unsettling truths buried within the Hell Creek formation. Fossil Thief is a tale of resilience, unearthing the strength to overcome adversity, and the power of unexpected allies in the most trying times.
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