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To get ahead she’ll have to become a man—and a man, she always thought, never let’s love get in the way…Clementine dreams of being a naturalist—a career that leave no time for romance. To sneak on an adventurous prospecting expedition, Clementine will have to convince everyone she’s man. A mysterious tonic offers her just that disguise.But “Calvin,” as she calls herself noTo get ahead she’ll have to become a man—and a man, she always thought, never let’s love get in the way…Clementine dreams of being a naturalist—a career that leave no time for romance. To sneak on an adventurous prospecting expedition, Clementine will have to convince everyone she’s man. A mysterious tonic offers her just that disguise.But “Calvin,” as she calls herself now, had no idea what she was giving up. When Wesley, the expedition’s gentle preacher, catches her eye, she can’t get him out of her head; not his lush lips, wide brown eyes…or broad chest. Dare she reveal her secret to him. Can she keep her career if she does?Among run-ins with cowboys, natural disasters, and traveling shows, Wesley’s most fascinating adventure is meeting Calvin. Though Wesley’s betrothed to another, the cute, clever naturalist threatens to make him fall into temptation....

Title : Natural Attraction
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ISBN : 9781940811215
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Natural Attraction Reviews

  • Rosalie
    2018-12-29 12:21

    This novel has been categorized in various ways: a historical romance, an adventure novel, a novel of the Old West. The descriptions are accurate, but what I appreciate most about the book is its subtle wit and its good-humored, naive, endearingly goofy narrator, Clementine. Another aspect I appreciate: though the plot hinges on societal constraints preventing a woman in the 1870s from pursuing her dream to find work as a naturalist, the novel doesn’t ignore Clementine’s racial and class privilege as a white person with a good (if unorthodox) education. As she takes on a male appearance and moves west, the novel makes clear that it's not just her presumed maleness but also her whiteness that earns acknowledgment and respect for her work.In a way, you could argue that Clementine’s main love interest here is science, and she is so eager and well-intentioned that you can't help sharing her sense of wonder at the natural world and her enthusiasm about contributing to our knowledge of it.I was introduced to the author's work a couple of years ago, when she contributed a wonderfully dystopic short story to the anthology I edited. That's going to be the basis of her next novel, and I can't wait to read it!

  • Lisa
    2018-12-30 07:14

    Though I found aspects of the story clever, I've read many novels and other works that address issues of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation and I wasn't sure what the author was trying to accomplish with this story. If it was meant to be a "romance novel" with a different twist or focus (as other readers have suggested) then mission accomplished. If it was meant to be a more serious commentary on issues of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, then I can't give it high marks as it, in that arena, seemed a little "behind the curve" in terms of where modern American literature is on those subjects. Had this been a novel written in the early to mid 1970s, I could consider it a bit of a vanguard of its time. But in 2016, it reads more like a "lighter" story on the subject meant for an audience that hasn't really contemplated the subjects in much depth before,

  • Amanda Linsmeier
    2019-01-05 09:12

    This was a bit of a departure for me, as I'm SO not a science person ;) But I love romance and adventure. It was really interesting how there were little bits of scientific information without being overpowering. I loved how Calvin/Clementine would think of the Latin name for each animal she came across, and how passionately you could tell she (and the author) felt for the material. I took awhile to understand that the love interest actually was the love interest, as the evolution of their relationship was rather subtle. I kept waiting for her to be discovered, and the closer to the end, the more on edge I was! I thought the part with the traveling group got a bit long, but I'm glad I stuck it out. It was a wonderful ending, and lots of fun in between.I think lovers of "The Signature of All Things" would appreciate this tale.

  • Karen Godley
    2019-01-16 05:58

    This was a wonderful book. There's just enough romance and history, as well as a little science, to make it a fascinating and enjoyable book to read.

  • Kay Van
    2019-01-11 06:19

    An unexpected adventure romance about finding love in unusual places and when you least want or expect it

  • Reading Badger
    2018-12-28 09:12

    The action of the book is set in 1870 in the US around a young girl named Clementine, who dreams of becoming a naturalist. Because of the times she lives in, she is forced to transforms herself into a man named Calvin.The book is a fantasy, but it has a little bit of everything. Reading it, you will discover a druid with its magical tonic that reduces the estrogen and increases the testosterone, love, homosexuality and drug usage. The plant that the characters used to induce hallucinations intrigued me the most. The author describes it as a special mint, so I tried all the book to figure out what Catherine Haustein refers to. After a lot of attempts at remembering what I learned in college, I think I figured it out. She may have described a subcategory of sage – Salvia divinorum which looks like a giant mint (I hope that she will read this review and confirm or infirm my theory. ( I enjoyed the most about the novel is that at the beginning of each chapter there is a small presentation of an animal. I found it very pleasant and educative. I really liked the idea of the plot, but I somehow lost my enthusiasm at the romantic intrigue between Clementine (Calvin) and the preacher. Despite this, I soon regained my interest when the scientific part kicked back in.

  • Jillian Rae Happy Ending
    2018-12-20 06:54

    Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.I really appreciated the interesting story of “Natural Attraction.” I could relate to the main character as she fears at the beginning to leave the only place she had ever been in, the only one she called home. I loved the scientific part of the story as the main character continued to give us scientific tidbits.The author must have researched quite a lot and I enjoyed the book mostly because it seemed so sincere. She made science such a natural part of a romance novel as well.Overall, I loved the way the author wrote the novel. The pacing was also good and I was kept on my toes to know what was coming up next. I also grew curious about what would happen if the main character ever fell in love seeing as she has the form of a man or how I would be imagining the scene play out in my head – would I see her as a woman or as a man with a woman’s desires? I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars. It revolves around unique circumstances resulting in a unique story with colorful characters and each of their experiences.

  • Marty
    2019-01-16 13:02

    I like the story line that necessitated Clementine to pretend to be a man in order to be a naturalist on a prospectors' journey. However, I must admit that I thought the story got a little weird when Wesley drank the tonic, became beast-like, and was attracted to Calvin (Clementine) - and she to him. But after Clementine admitted to Wesley that she was really a woman, I no longer thought it was weird. At that point, and after finishing the book, I realize that the weirdness was what the author wanted the reader to feel and grapple with. Throughout the book, the theme of gender identity and gender roles came up over and over - Carolina and Rose, Alburtus and Theophrastus, Wesley and Clementine - even Reggie the rodent made a gender switch. I like the science-oriented theme of humans as mammal - Wesley as a hairy creature, mate-seeking behavior, "natural attraction," and their love-making being described with nature images. I started the book with the expectation of somewhat routine romance novel, but after reading it, I realize now that it was full of themes and images that deserve a closer look.

  • Brenda Conry
    2019-01-13 04:53

    One could call this a romance novel--or maybe a western, or historical fiction, but that would be selling it short. The author (disclaimer--we met in college) didn't write a mere bodice-ripper. There is so much more beneath the bodice. Or less. Hm. This tale of the old West explores many relationships. Relationships between male and female, theology and science, capitalism and the environment. In the protagonist's richly detailed journal the reader explores what it means to be a woman--or something like one.I found it very hard to put down.

  • Kelly Cain
    2018-12-26 10:15

    This book was a slow burn for sure. It steadily builds interest until it captures your attention completely and entirely. Somewhere around the half-way point, I could no longer put it down, even staying up past my bedtime to finish it.Normally I wouldn't think a scientific, historical western would be my thing, but this story has a wonderful romance at its heart. It also addresses some social issues such as women's rights and religion without being too overt. Great read.

  • Jamie McLachlan
    2019-01-09 08:07

    This book was remarkably funny, so much so that I laughed out loud; a relatable heroine that will strike a cord with many women; and a satisfying romance that isn't so predictable. I loved the questions it raises about gender, and enjoyed the quirkiness of the plot. Cowboys, rodents, and a scientist falling in love with a priest.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-01-02 09:21

    2.5/5.0This is not an historical; it’s more a fantastical acid trip that happens to be set in an historically accurate place and time. The basis of this tale, with a quirky female scientist as the lead, is a delightful one.Read full review in the 2015 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Catherine Haustein
    2019-01-17 07:16