Saturday, 7 November 2015

THE LADY'S SLIPPER by Deborah Swift

5 GOLD Stars

17th century drama

On Amazon UK HERE

Wonderful, wonderful, I adored this book.  I read the stand alone sequel over a year ago, always meaning to get to this too, and the author very kindly sent me a review copy.  I loved it so much I think I might have to read the sequel (The Gilded Lily) again!

(part of) The blurb:

The year is 1660.  The King is back, but the wounds of Civil War remain.  In rural Westmorland, artist Alice Ibbetson has become captivated by the rare Lady's Slipper orchid. She is determined to capture its unique beauty for posterity, even if it means stealing the flower from the land of the recently converted Quaker, Richard Wheeler. 

Fired by his newfound faith, the former soldier Wheeler feels bound to track down the missing orchid. Meanwhile, others are eager to lay hands on the flower, and have their own powerful motives. 

Margaret Poulter, a local medicine woman, is seduced by the orchid's mysterious herbal powers, while Geoffrey Fisk, Alice's patron and former comrade-in-arms of Wheeler, sees the valuable plant as a way to repair his ailing fortunes and cure his own agonizing illness.

The story is told most adeptly from many points of view: Alice, Richard, Margaret (I loved her section) and the troubled Geoffrey Fisk... also his son, Stephen (who begins to reject his upbringing in favour of the ways of the Quakers), the sly maid, Ella, and a couple of others.  Each character was so well portrayed that I could imagine him/her immediately.  The plot is unusual and well thought out, the strands work together so smoothly.  I was completely absorbed in the past while reading this, taking it slowly, stopping to imagine the setting.  A bonus was the part on board ship at the end; I've long been fascinated by seafarers of this time

Love, love, love Deborah Swift's writing; I'm just sad that I've read all her books now, and have to wait for her to write another!   

The Gilded Lily reviewed HERE

A Divided Inheritance reviewed HERE

Shadow on the Highway reviewed HERE

Spirit of the Highway reviewed HERE

Past Encounters (written as Davina Blake) reviewed  HERE


  1. Fantastic review, oh if only I could read books all day a nothing else, I could get to all these wonderful tales.

    1. Oh Rosie, I know, I know! If I didn't have this mad writing compulsion I'd do the same. I'd love you to read Deborah's stuff, if you do I'd start with The Gilded Lily, like I did - it's the sequel to this but totally stand alone.

  2. I love it when you can get totally consumed in a book, the only trouble is when you have to come back to the real world! Lovely review and fabulous book covers.

    1. Shelley, I love her books so much, I want everyone to read them!!! :)

  3. We must create a colony for book readers and hide there reading books all day long. Must try and get to them too.