The English Botanist
A novel that entertains and enlightens.
Vosseler has succeeded in writing a love story weaving together authentic episodes and the real life of Robert Fortune into a gripping, romantic and at times even philosophical story. She manages to depict Fortune's scientific interest as well as the political and economic impact of his discovery in a differentiated manner - after all, he has laid the foundation of present-day tea cultivation in Assam and Darjeeling. Fortune's inner turmoil, torn apart between his family back in England and the love of his life in China, but also the emotions of Lian, reeling between freedom and an impossible love, are told empathetically and comprehensibly. Absolutely recommendable!
"The English Botanist" by Nicole C. Vosseler not only offers fascinating insights into the work of a nineteenth century explorer but also tells a love story piercing right into the heart.
A novel introducing us beautifully to the - in 1843 - still quite remote China and its wonderful landscapes and plants. It includes an austere love story, along with shining a light on women’s lives in nineteenth-century China and initiating, as its counterpart, an English housewife into the joys of knowledge – everything quite grippingly told, well intertwined and absorbing. An example for informative popular fiction, not to be easily forgotten.
With “The English Botanist”, German author Nicole C. Vosseler has brought out an enthralling novel of adventure and love against an exotic backdrop, set in the era of naturalist exploration.
With meticulous precision and evocative density [Nicole C. Vosseler] carries off her readers into a world equally exotic and fascinating. Plenty of historical knowledge fits seamlessly into a story arc unfolded with convincing skill.
Rheinische Post / Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung
A successful combination of exoticism and realism reflecting the developments of the nineteenth century.
The boundaries between fact and fiction blur in this enthralling novel that finally turns out to be a page-turner. And besides, one learns a lot about plants, their names and their origins.
These three lives arise enthrallingly and keep on evolving, reflecting an excellent image of those times.
It’s inevitable to fall in love with the lovingly drawn characters … A favorite novel with a backbone!
Mariposa – Until Summer Comes
A novel about youths spreading their wings and learning to fly.
This mysterious and surprising novel convinces especially by its imaginative and flowing language.
The Heart of the Fire Island
In the company of these two heroines, one plunges into an adventure of a lifetime. Together with both of them, one is pushed to the limit, gains new self-knowledge and develops unimagined self-confidence.
La Petita Libreria, Spain
Against the historical backdrop of the colonial era including all its grievances, two courageous women take their lives in their own hands.
A splendid novel, perfectly told, with rhythm and climax, totally addictive. It demonstrates the healing power of kindness and forgiveness, true and unbiased love as well as the lower instincts of humankind, but above all, the value of real friendship and the sense of security it brings. Absolute recommendation.
El Rincón de la Novela Romántica, Spain
This Very Special Night
An unusual story and a declaration of love to San Francisco!
Romantic and marvellously spooky.
Not the typical fantasy novel. There are some ghosts in it, but actually and primarily it is a novel about friendship, loss, goodbyes - and love.
Full of original ideas … Not only an enchanting love story but also a splendid novel about growing up. Sorrow and happiness are closely knitted together - just as in real life.
Nicole C. Vosseler writes empathically about death and how people deal with it - a topic enfolded in a romantic love story that keeps enthralled until the very last page.
NAUTILUS - Abenteuer & Phantastik-Magazin
This gripping young adult novel carries the reader to a place between this world and the next and even concedes some space to the lost souls. Melancholic and soulful, apparently unspectacular yet incredibly intense: the author knows how to maintain suspense up to the very last page. Simply a marvellous read.
With great skill the author uses the extreme situation of losing a loved person as a key to the ability to perceive supernatural appearances. With this, she initiates a paralleling love story with elements of mystery, ending with an elegant yet credible resolution. With a lot of empathy and imagination, this gripping and recommendable novel for young adults deals with crucial themes in the transition to adulthood: first love, loss and loneliness, the search for identity but also approaches questions about life after death etc.
Lesen in Tirol
A ghost story at least as sweeping as "Ghost" and just as touching. There aren't many stories as magically appealing as this one - and moreover, as brillantly written. Nicole C. Vosseler is one of the finest writers here in Germany.
Beyond the Nile
Written with a sense for atmosphere and psychology.
This novel retells impressively an episode in British colonial history.
Grace's journey bears the imprint of exploration of exotic lands under adverse circumstances, paired with a subtle examination of the role of women towards the end of the 19th century.
The Legacy of Shiva
A wonderful page-turner for cold evenings in autumn.
The Colors of Memory
Subtly spun and compelling, playing with three time levels and mixing genres like thriller, love story and adventure novel.
Well-researched, enthralling with sophisticated prose. Absolute recommendation.
The Caravaggio Conspiracy
From the first to the very last page really well-written historical fiction for young adults: thrilling, entertaining, and opening up new worlds.
Nicole C. Vosseler succeeds especially in keeping the secret of the famous painter: instead of explaining his character, she makes him speak through his art and thus captures his spell.
Each and every line enjoyable … On one hand, young readers are introduced to the biography and artwork of Caravaggio; on the other hand, they are close to the action: the adventures of a sympathetic hero and heroine.
You can literally see Caravaggio paint. High-class young adult fiction, surely also a good read for grown-ups.
Jugendschriftenausschuss des BLLV Mittelfranken
Beneath the Saffron Moon
A novel worth reading, authentically recreating historical characters and places during British colonial rule.
For the second time, Nicole C. Vosseler writes about a woman's life against the backdrop of a magnificent foreign country. A masterful blend of adventure, romance and love, enthrallingly told.
Südhessen Woche, Darmstadt
An insight into the Arabian world and an unforgettable experience.
Chicklit Magazine, Romania
A novel about the search for true love, the growth of the soul and last but not least about the difficulties to overcome prejudices of different cultures … The male characters of this novel are more than just companions on Maya's journey - they live their own lives. They also undergo a journey towards a deeper consciousness and in addition, they are well portrayed. They fascinate the reader with their moral strength, the devotion to sacrifice true feelings for the sake of conscience and sometimes even only with their personal traits … Vosseler writes about settings and characters in a style equally poetical, sensitive and powerful.
La Libreria Imaginaria, Italy
House of Spies
Ambush, intrigues, treason and murder are the ingredients of this smartly composed, suspenseful adventure novel.
Terrifically funny and thrilling historical fiction for children and young adults!
An enthralling dramaturgy, an eloquent and never gimmicky narrative flow, an ambiance rich in images, an emphatic depiction of characters and a passionate vindication of curiosity, joy of reading, theatrical art, imagination, and poetry. Thus we lose ourselves in time and space.
The Sky Above Darjeeling
Not only a singular protagonist but all characters on these pages are vividly portrayed … Surrounding these characters, India's history in the 19th century, of British predominance and Indian rebellion, comes to life again. First and foremost, it is the exceptionally and magically depicted setting that surprises and impresses.
Living Adamis, Italy
Reading this novel makes you forget about everything else around you. The exciting narrative, rich in detail, brings colonial India to life.
Masterly portrayed characters.
A compelling novel for hearts full of wanderlust, eager to explore foreign countries.
Stars Over Zanzibar
An unforgettable and engrossing love story that will move you to tears. With Salima, Vosseler has created a strong heroine whose path through life is full of tragedy.
Alex Dengler, Denglers Buchkritik
This novel set in the colonial era retells the tragic life story of Emily Ruete alias Sayyida Salima, daughter of the Sultan of Zanzibar. At the same time, it provides an insight into the era of the 19th century, determined by colonial thinking and acting: the influence of the Western world on the colonies based on scientific and political interests on one hand and the world of the Orient coming to terms with colonial powers on the other.
Kemet - Die Zeitschrift für Ägyptenfreunde
Vosseler rereads [Emily] Ruete's life from the perspective of the contemporary world of global migration and multiculturalism as well as new conflict between the West and the Orient, often politicized as a religious clash between Islam and Christian values. The novel does not, however, invoke a conflict between religions or even a "clash of civilizations" as construed by Samuel Huntington; rather it presents Ruete's transcultural experience as one where historical reality outstrips literary imagination in a life that cuts across the boundaries of seemingly entirely separate worlds … It is the new fascination with the in-between, with cultural hybridization and lives at the "interstices" of cultural difference, with displacement, multiple intercultural connections, and the revalidation of lost origins, which sets the scene for Vosseler's retelling of Ruete's life.
Dirk Göttsche, Remembering Africa: The Rediscovery of Colonialism in Contemporary German Literature
This swashbuckling South Seas novel about the quest for Terra Australis, the mysterious great Southern continent, told from a woman's point of view, will delight all readers of historical fiction.
Time of the Wild Orchids
A combination that results in a winning formula and that Vosseler knows to conduct superbly.
Revista Krítica, Spain
A wonderful love story, embedded in atmospheric landscapes and the exciting voyage of discovery of James Cook and his crew. The stunning debut of a young writer.
Lesen und Leute
Good maritime adventure novels are rare. Many writers get entangled in their own yarn or seem eager, above all, to force their extensive knowledge of nautical terms upon the reader. And then there is this young writer from Konstanz who hits the bull's eye with her very first novel.