The Lady's Slipper

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The Lady's Slipper

A Novel

Alice Ibbetson knew from the very first minute that she saw the long-thought extinct orchid the Lady's Slipper, that it was her destiny to save it. She had the knowlege to reproduce this orchid and help it come back. But Quaker Richard Wheeler, who owns the woods the little flower grows in believes it is God's will for it to grow wild and die as intended. Alice steals the flower late one night, setting in motion a series of events that quickly lead to her being arrested for witchcraft and murder. Richard must battle his attraction to this beautiful woman, his Quaker beliefs, and past ghosts that threaten his future.

"The Lady's Slipper" was a marvelous read, bringing to life a relatively unknown time of English history and religious persecution. With wonderful nuanced characters and an engrossing plot, Deborah Swift has created a rich read. While many people know of the Pilgrims and Puritans fleeing England for religious freedom, Quakers facing religious persecution is a lesser known event. With their belief in non-violence, it is hard to see how they could be thought a threat by the government, but it was interesting to read of the means used to subdue this growing group. Definitely a great read for fans of sweeping historical novels.


Book Blurb for The Lady's Slipper

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…


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 4.25