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BOOK REVIEW: The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift

Friday, August 03, 2012

Title: The Lady’s Slipper 

Author: Deborah Swift

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Age Group & Genre: Historical novel for adults

1660. King Charles II has returned from exile, but memories of the English Civil War still rankle. There are old scores to settle, and religious differences threaten to overturn a fragile peace. When Alice Ibbetson discovers a rare orchid, the Lady’s Slipper, growing in a wood belonging to Richard Wheeler, she is captivated by its beauty— though Wheeler, a Quaker, is determined to keep the flower where God intended it to grow. Knowing that the orchid is the last of its kind, she steals the flower, little dreaming that her seemingly simple act will set off a chain of events that will lead to murder and exile, and change her life forever…

What I Liked About This Book: 
Set in 1666, soon after the restoration of King Charless II, this novel begins with a young woman named Alice sneaking out of her husband’s house in the middle of the night to steal a flower from a nearby wood. The flower is a rare orchid, a Lady’s Slipper, and Alice wants to paint it. The wood belongs to a Quaker called Richard Wheeler, who will not tolerate the theft and demands the flower back. From this rather simple premise, Deborah Swift creates a fabulous historical novel full of passion, obsession, intrigue, murder, religious riots, madness and exile. I loved every word of it!

What I Didn’t Like About This Book:
The death of Alice’s husband was a little too conveniently timed for belief, but I didn’t care! Loved it. 

Other blogs on this book you may find interesting:

Interview with Deborah Swift at Muse in the Fog blog

Official Websites:

Deborah Swift's website

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