This is not an easy book to review. There is a lot of talking and thinking within it. A flow of words, excellent writing and just a look into the souls of two famous individuals. Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert did travel the Nile at the same time, but no they did not meet. This is a what if book, what if they had met. Become friends and what else.Two intelligent people who crave more meet, become friends and confidantes. Flaubert wants to write a novel, but is having problems with it. He does not want to marry and he loves his prostitutes. Florence wants something more from life. Not the drudgery of marriage, being shackled and not being able to do more. What that more is she does not yet know. She wants to find her calling, the calling God has promised her.Their friendship is raw somehow, they share, they talk. But they also wish and that is not the path they should take.What to say really. Shomer has a way with words, even if not much happen, and even when things to happen. Well things just are. There is something sobering over this novel. They travel Egypt, together, apart. And maybe in the end they find their calling.It's not a book you race through, you take your time, and wonder. I did like her style.