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The Lady's Slipper by [Swift, Deborah]
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'Throughout The Lady's Slipper, Swift writes of things in such detail that you feel like you are holding the lady's slipper in your own hand.....Swift deftly layers plots to build a story that is complex and engaging.' --Bookgeeks Review

"With realistic dialogue, an author s obvious love for history, and characters that leap off the pages, THE LADY S SLIPPER is a brilliant saga set in a time of confusion in England as it recovers from years of civil strife." --Romance Reviews Today

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"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. Wi


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1202 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050CJNBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is much more than a novel; it is also a rivetting social commentary on England in general and Westmorland in particular in the mid to late 17th century. Apart from being a super read with emotive cameos and convincing characterisation it is also the product of in depth research which accurately resurrects the countryside of a rural community steeped in folklore. The countryside plants, their properties and location come alive alongside the brutality and pragmatism of a hierarchical society. This novel deals with life and death matters, religious divisions. affairs of the heart,life at sea before the days of luxury travel and the glorious interweaving of the human condition.In some ways it is larger than life and at other times lost in the minutiae of country concerns; both scenarios are made equally compelling. This book is a must for all readers looking for something out of the ordinary but grippingly alive.
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What an amazing book. Although I read a variety of genres, I do enjoy historical fiction, and this was an incredibly well-researched and well-written book. Deborah Swift has the ability to write descriptive prose which really does conjure up a picture in your mind - in glorious technicolour. Her writing flows effortlessly and is a joy to read. Each of her characters are brought to life and it's easy to empathise with them - even the less likeable ones. The story is complex and involved but never confusing; the many different strands of the plot weave together and you just want to read on and on. I found it difficult to put down. This is the first of Deborah Swift's novels I've read, but I will definitely be reading the others - 'The Gilded Lily' is next on my list. Fabulous.
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Historical fiction is not what I usually read, but I found Deborah Swift's book impossible to put down - I read it in one session ending at 4am. The plot is uncomplicated but so gripping that I just had to know the end. What sustained my interested was not just the plot, but the attention to detail, the book was like a video in my head, I could see the scenes, hear the voices, sense the colours of that time in history.

This is an excellent first novel. Well done DeborahThe Lady's Slipper (Macmillan New Writing). I'll definitely read the next one.
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I'm not usually a big fan of historical fiction, but this first novel had me gripped from the first page. With an unusual plotline, plenty of action and sympathetic characters, who stay with you after you've turned the last page, this is one to read by the pool - or a lake in Cumbria. The historical detail makes the story come to life.
I can't wait to read the sequel.
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A fabulous book that gently draws you into the characters's lives and then has you eagerly turning the pages to find out their fate.

Deborah Swift's style of writing is fresh and elegant in its simplicity. Her love and knowledge of history is clear to see in the pages of her book; I can't wait to read her next novel.
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It comes as no surprise to discover that Deborah Swift is a set and costume designer. Her eye for detail makes her debut a smoothly-plotted, authentic read. She keeps the strands of her story taut and I found myself unable to put The Lady's Slipper down. Deborah Swift is an author to watch.
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Deborah Swift's debut novel gave me a rare insight into a time and age I knew very little about. An intriguing and well written story unfolds around the existence of a rare plant - The tantalizingly named Lady's Slipper. I await the second novel with pleasure.
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By Terry Tyler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2015
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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!

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!
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