"The Civil War and its aftermath have finished and the King is back on his throne, but the memories of the awful conflict are never far from people’s minds. In Westmoreland, Alice Ibbetson mourns the death of her young sister and takes solace only in the painting and propagating of wild plants. To this end she steals the almost mystical orchid known as the lady’s slipper from land belonging to Richard Wheeler.
Wheeler, an ex-soldier and Quaker, is drawn to Alice, but longs for the return of his orchid as a token of his faith. At the same time he is being drawn into the political maelstrom again when the Quakers start to make a stand against oppression. But Alice and Richard are not the only ones with their eyes on the prize. Sir Geoffrey Fisk believes that the lady’s slipper will restore his fortune and his health. Wise woman Margaret Poulter is also drawn to its reputed medicinal powers.
Then a murder takes place and Alice finds herself fighting for her freedom and her life. With so many people turning against her, Alice finds that the one person she can trust is the one she has been lying to all along.
The Lady’s Slipper is a fabulous debut novel from Deborah Swift. Using prose that is remarkable for its simplicity, clarity and beauty – her attention to detail is commendable – she effortlessly evokes the early years of the Restoration and the beginnings of the Quaker movement. The novel grips from the opening lines and carries the interest throughout. The several plot strands are seamlessly blended and come together in a wholly satisfying conclusion. Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf.
--Sara Wilson, THE HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
Deborah Swift cuts strait to the heart of history with exquisite European Literature, filled with realistic accounts and faithful links to our past. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lucinda
I received this book through the LTER program. Overall this was a very good read and something I would have probably wanted to puchase if I had seen it in the bookstore. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Laura R
I got this through a free-reads giveaway at Goodreads, and am glad I did, for I might not have heard about it otherwise. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Molly R.
I won "The Lady's Slipper"through an Early Reviewers giveaway program Thank you!I thoroughly enjoyed The Lady's Slipper. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Jean Doucette
I received this book as part of a book group exchange, so it's definitely outside my usual genres. Despite this, like many other reviewers, I very much enjoyed the first half of... Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Lawyerchick
The butterfly effect refers to how one small action can affect the future of everything, how one flutter of a butterfly wing can lead to a natural disaster halfway around the... Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by CincinnatiPOV
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I liked this book, but didn't LOVE it. It was a good story. Read more
I want to give it 3 1/2 stars, it was good but very long and drawn out. The story was interesting, but the descriptions were huge and went on and on and on. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Book Him Danno
This book was excellent for a first time novel. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a super entertaining story with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by JAM