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The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love

Rival ornithologists hunt through England for a rare magical bird in this historical-fantasy rom-com reminiscent of Indiana Jones but with manners, tea, and helicopter parasols.

Beth Pickering is on the verge of finally capturing the rare deathwhistler bird when Professor Devon Lockley swoops in, capturing both her bird and her imagination like a villain. Albeit a handsome and charming villain, but that’s beside the point. As someone highly educated in the ruthless discipline of ornithology, Beth knows trouble when she sees it, and she is determined to keep her distance from Devon. 

For his part, Devon has never been more smitten than when he first set eyes on Professor Beth Pickering. She’s so pretty, so polite, so capable of bringing down a fiery, deadly bird using only her wits. In other words, an angel. Devon understands he must not get close to her, however, since they’re professional rivals. 

When a competition to become Birder of the Year by capturing an endangered caladrius bird is announced, Beth and Devon are forced to team up to have any chance of winning. Now keeping their distance becomes a question of one bed or two. But they must take the risk, because fowl play is afoot, and they can’t trust anyone else—for all may be fair in love and war, but this is ornithology.


The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love by India Holton. In this historical fantasy romance, we follow courteous darling Beth Pickering a professor at Oxford in ornithology, who is determined to find and capture the elusive deathwhistler bird to gain the coveted title of Birder of the Year and of course tenure. When the dashingly charming Professor Devon Lockley (and yes he’s book boyfriend material dear readers) enters the fray, both Beth and Devon (and readers too) won’t know what to do with themselves as their worlds collide (along with their hearts) in this perfectly penned romp of a story.


I need the next book!!!

I loved Holton’s latest novel in her series of Love’s Academic! She brings her characters to life with such wit and charm, you ache to sit down with them to soak in their humanity. What I love most, besides the magical way Holton brings her characters together in this wild west action packed story, is how charmingly funny her books are. There are pure magical moments where you will be belly laughing and have smiles from ear-to-ear in almost every chapter. It’s simply put, exceptional.

And those are the books worth every minute from beginning to end and all the re-reads after.

A Few More Thoughts

The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love is a must read. And with this opening novel, romance readers, grab some tissue (you will be cry laughing), and be ready for an adventure featuring murderous birds, conniving bird enthusiasts, and a love story you will find so irresistible, you’ll find yourself back at page one to experience all over again.

I loved the slow-burn, rivals-to-lovers, and a hilarious twist of the one bed trope. Romance readers will not want to miss this one.

Just know, this may be your next obsession.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked


About the Author

India Holton lives in New Zealand, where she’s enjoyed the typical Kiwi lifestyle of wandering around forests, living barefoot on islands, and messing about in boats. Now she lives in a cottage near the sea, writing books about uppity women and charming rogues, and drinking too much tea.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
23-Jul-24978-0593547281384BerkleyAdult NetGalley, Digital ARCMarch 23, 2023

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