The Natural History of Love

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Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 22 Apr 2022

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For fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things and Pip Williams' The Dictionary of Lost Words, The Natural History of Love is based upon the true story of 19th century French explorer, naturalist and diplomat the Count de Castelnau and his lover Madame Fonçeca; a sweeping historical narrative set in the wilds of Brazil, salons of Paris and the early days of Melbourne’s settlement.

When Melbourne lawyer Nathan Smithson takes on the case of mad, wealthy Edward Fonçeca’s inheritance trial against his ruthless brother in 1902, he must unearth long-buried family secrets to have any chance of winning.

Brazil, 1852: François, the Count de Castelnau and French Consul to Bahia falls dangerously ill on a naturalist expedition and is delivered by a rainforest tribesman to the Fonçeca household. Carolina Fonçeca is 16 years old and longing to leave the confines of her family’s remote Brazilian sugar plantation. With a head full of Balzac and dreams of Parisian life, she is instantly beguiled by the middle-aged Frenchman. What Carolina doesn't know is that François has a wife and son back in France. Desperate for a new life, she makes a decision that will haunt her forever. 

For fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things and Pip Williams' The Dictionary of Lost Words, The Natural History of Love is based upon the true story of 19th century French explorer...


A Note From the Publisher

Caroline Petit was born in Washington D.C., raised in Maryland and now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband. She is a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh and holds advance degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Melbourne’s School of Law. Her previous novels, The Fat Man’s Daughter and Deep Night were published in the US by Soho Press.

Caroline Petit was born in Washington D.C., raised in Maryland and now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband. She is a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh and holds advance degrees...


Advance Praise

‘A gripping tale of forbidden love, evolution and family inheritance that sinks in its claws and won’t let go.’ – Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife

'A sweeping, romantic tale of love, the wonders of the natural world and an epic period of history.' – Toni Jordan

‘A gripping tale of forbidden love, evolution and family inheritance that sinks in its claws and won’t let go.’ – Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife

'A sweeping, romantic tale of love, the...


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