The Lady's Slipper



✮ [PDF] ✩ The Lady's Slipper By Deborah Swift ✻ – E17streets4all.co.uk It is The King is back, but memories of the Civil War still rankle In rural Westmorland, artist Alice Ibbetson has become captivated by the rare Lady s Slipper orchid She is determined to capture its It isThe King is back, but memories of the Civil War still rankle 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 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 The Lady's PDF or own powerful motives Margaret Poulter, a local medicine woman, is seduced by the orchid s mysterious herbal powers, while Sir Geoffrey Fisk, Alice s patron and a former comrade in arms of Wheeler, sees the valuable plant as a way to repair his ailing fortunes and cure his own agonizing illness Fearing that Wheeler and his new friends are planning revolution, Fisk sends his son Stephen to spy on the Quakers, only for the young man to find his loyalties divided as he befriends the group he has been sent to investigate Then, when Alice Ibbetson is implicated in a brutal murder, she is imprisoned along with the suspected anti royalist Wheeler As Fisk s sanity grows ever precarious, and Wheeler and Alice plot their escape, a storm begins to brew, from which no party will escape unscathed Vivid, gripping and intensely atmospheric, The Lady s Slipper is a novel about beauty, faith and loyalty It marks the emergence of an exquisite new voice in historical fiction.The Lady's Slipper

I am a novelist living in the Lake District in England I write historical fiction but read widely contemporary and classic fiction I choose my books carefully, so I don t read many duds If I do, they are not reviewed here, as a gesture of respect to other writersI blog at my websitedeborahswift.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader been sent to investigate Then, when Alice Ibbetson is implicated in a brutal murder, she is imprisoned along with the suspected anti royalist Wheeler As Fisk s sanity grows ever precarious, and Wheeler and Alice plot their escape, a storm begins to brew, from which no party will escape unscathed Vivid, gripping and intensely atmospheric, The Lady s Slipper is a novel about beauty, faith and loyalty It marks the emergence of an exquisite new voice in historical fiction."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 435 pages
  • The Lady's Slipper
  • Deborah Swift
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 0230746861

10 thoughts on “The Lady's Slipper

  1. says:

    This was a terrific book I would have given it five stars, but am not usually fond of romances I absolutely love the historical aspects of the novel and was pleasantly surprised at how fascinating the story of the Lady s Slipper orchid was and at how it was integrated into the story The characters were so very likable.

  2. says:

    3.5 stars I was meaning to read this book since a long time now I wanted to finish this and get on with my TBR pile I was very reluctant to go into this book as I knew almost next to nothing about the Puritan war as well as the Restoration period.Thankfully though this book does indulge into much historical framework regarding the war One of the most accurate descriptions of the time, society, hierarchy as well as setting has been presented in this book.Absolutely stunning The way she has p 3.5 stars I was meaning to read this book since a long time now I wanted to finish this and get on with my TBR pile I was very reluctant to go into this book as I knew almost next to nothing about the Puritan war as well as the Restoration period.Thankfully though this book does indulge into much historical framework regarding the war One of the most accurate descriptions of the time, society, hierarchy as well as setting has been presented in this book.Absolutely stunning The way she has portrayed the entire backdrop and the setting was something only well researched and talented authors can do.This follows the lives of many people, amongst them the three most pivotal characters are Alice Ibbetson, Richard Wheeler and Geoffrey Fisk As far the story line went it was very catching and intriguing It kept me reading The only issue I have is that it could ve been curtailed a little The last parts could ve been edited because they were a little dragged.I liked the twist of the title Yes, there is a subtle twist, not hard to guess but I liked it none the less.The characters were not all likable, even though Swift has tried to make each of them at least seem fair in their own endeavors I felt like Alice was too preoccupied to be the main character one of the main character Wheeler and Fisk still had spots of reality in them.But, whatever said and done this book turned out to be way better than what I had expected There is also a follow up coming for the book, or is already out, which I am planning to getting my hands on.I am an absolute fan of the setting and world that Swift had built and I want to haveof it

  3. says:

    It s amazing that the theft of one little harmless orchid could set off a series of happenings that will turn three lives upside down Alice is still in deep mourning over the death of her little sister Flora and has grown moody, introverted and spends most of her time among her paints and flower paintings When Richard Wheeler shows her the rare Lady s Slipper orchid growing on his land, she feels she must save it and ensure its survival.But Alice is not the only one with a plan for the orchid.R It s amazing that the theft of one little harmless orchid could set off a series of happenings that will turn three lives upside down Alice is still in deep mourning over the death of her little sister Flora and has grown moody, introverted and spends most of her time among her paints and flower paintings When Richard Wheeler shows her the rare Lady s Slipper orchid growing on his land, she feels she must save it and ensure its survival.But Alice is not the only one with a plan for the orchid.Richard Wheeler, a former member of the Puritan army who has given up his money and possessions to become a Quaker and livepeacefully after the horrors of war believes the orchid should stay where God placed it and Sir Geoffrey Fisk, a nobleman and land owner who has a painful skin condition wants the flower for medicinal purposes.But possessing the orchid does not come at a cheap price as these three will come to find out and will leave one fighting for their life and another losing their sanity.The unique plot of The Lady s Slipper is what initially made me want to read it plus the great cover and it did not disappoint Deborah Swift has written an engaging novel about life in England after Cromwell, the Quakers, and a rare flower that changed the lives of those who came in contact with it I can definitely recommend this book and am very much looking forward to reading Swift s next work, The Gilded Lily

  4. says:

    Careful darling Spoilers The Lady s Slipper I thought that using a rare flower as a main plot device was certainly unique and unusual and was one reason I was drawn to this book However, the story itself was simply not something that ultimately appealed to me I didn t really care for the characters and found myselfannoyed than drawn in This was a long read, and it kind of ruined my enjoyment I saw this book asof a task than an escape The main interesting character flits fro Careful darling Spoilers The Lady s Slipper I thought that using a rare flower as a main plot device was certainly unique and unusual and was one reason I was drawn to this book However, the story itself was simply not something that ultimately appealed to me I didn t really care for the characters and found myselfannoyed than drawn in This was a long read, and it kind of ruined my enjoyment I saw this book asof a task than an escape The main interesting character flits from being in the Puritan Army to a Quaker and then decides in an instant that it just won t work and turns his back on his religion The history is well done in this book but I expected a littleintrigue from it since that is the premise of the book is murder and insanity What made it worse, for me, was the romance portion felt thrown together and seemed out of place Apparently the characters jump from lover to lover as quickly as they do religion On a high point, they did a beautiful job establishing the Quaker religion in the aftermath of an English civil war, under its new regent Charles II

  5. says:

    This movie is what would happen if Jerry Bruckheimer had tried to produce and direct Shakespeare in Love.It would make no sense It would entertain no one And everyone who watched it would feel both angry and also somehow diminished in intellect for having seen it.

  6. says:

    This was a fun, quick read definitely a page turner I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the story, but I was not crazy about many of the characters in this story I cared about what happened to Alice and to Richard, but they were confusing characters and I found them difficult to really understand And there were many characters who were just absolutely evil, which makes the book difficult to really love I actually couldn t decide whether to give this book three or four stars, but a This was a fun, quick read definitely a page turner I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the story, but I was not crazy about many of the characters in this story I cared about what happened to Alice and to Richard, but they were confusing characters and I found them difficult to really understand And there were many characters who were just absolutely evil, which makes the book difficult to really love I actually couldn t decide whether to give this book three or four stars, but a few days after finishing the book I realized that it did keep me interested enough to want to read it all the way to the end, and I did actually enjoy it, so I am giving it four stars The Lady s Slipper is a very rare orchid which showed up in the garden of Richard Wheeler Alice, who lives next door to Richard, is completely obsessed with this flower for many reasons and she tells Richard that it should be removed from the garden in order to keep it safe But Richard is a Quaker and he believes that the orchid should remain in the garden, where God intended it to be So Alice sneaks out of her home in the middle of the night and steals the orchid This is how the book begins, and the book really takes off from this point.This is a very interesting time period in England The story takes place shortly after King Charles II returns from exile The Restoration There are still very bad feelings between the puritans the people who followed Cromwell and the royalists, and the tension between these two groups definitely keep things very interesting in this story Deborah Swift, the author, certainly did her research, and, as I mentioned above, the historical elements were fascinating Richard and his Quaker friends are quite interesting, and I really learned a lot about the philosophy of the Quakers in this book.Aside from some very devious characters, another thing that I found disturbing about this book is that there were a lot of questions that were left unanswered not so much for the reader, but for the people in the story It bothered me that I knew some important things about the lives of some of the people in the story, but the people themselves did not seem to want to go out of their way to find out the truth I don t know if any of this makes sense, but I m being very careful to not turn this review into a spoiler Basically, I would say that anyone who enjoys historical fiction will probably enjoy this book, and although there were certain things that I found disappointing, I still really enjoyed reading this book Thank you to Eileen at MacMillan for listing this book as a First Reads giveaway, and thank you to Goodreads for choosing me as a winner

  7. says:

    A gratifyingly authentic insight into 17th Century life, wrought with heated passion and sordid brutality Deborah Swift cuts strait to the heart of history with exquisite European Literature, filled with realistic accounts and faithful links to our past Having loved The Gilded Lily I was elated to be given the opportunity of delving into another tempting read confident by the credibility of the author s ability at being sensitively aware of how past events are perceived Alice Ibbetson, auth A gratifyingly authentic insight into 17th Century life, wrought with heated passion and sordid brutality Deborah Swift cuts strait to the heart of history with exquisite European Literature, filled with realistic accounts and faithful links to our past Having loved The Gilded Lily I was elated to be given the opportunity of delving into another tempting read confident by the credibility of the author s ability at being sensitively aware of how past events are perceived Alice Ibbetson, author and Botanist is a magnetic character whose story is one filled with heart, poignancy and evocative implications D Swift acutely captures every single detail from clothing to setting therefore the overpowering ambience is utterly breathtaking with you transported back in time Beautifully detailed descriptions and atmospheric this sumptuously seductive story must have been written in liquid gold This novel demonstrates romantic historical fiction at its very best and in my mind it stands out above many other top authors, for many reasons including the attention to detail, background research and sparkling characterization The entire concept of this novel is unique, and which oozes originality and inventiveness from page one Full of unexpected twists in the plot, surprising characters and shocking events that make you gasp the impressive scope of this story is quite remarkable and may I add a refreshing delight Focusing on the time after the civil war when King Charles II is at the centre of religious strife and social discord is certainly challenging, but D Swift s accomplished style triumphs once again This is an ideal book for any reading club or book group and one that I would highly recommend not only to fans of historical fiction, but which can be read with others or personally I was hooked throughout with the delicately interwoven, numerous plot lines keeping me attentive so as to ponder over the mystery The Lady s Slipper is wonderfully rich and it captures the elegance of the times as well as the gritty harshness You are able to loose yourself within the story and connect with the characters, due to them growing as the story progresses and develops If you love historical romance then I implore you to seek out this splendid novel, written by an exceptional author whose books contain that extra something special If this review doesn t peak your interest then I am sure the gorgeous cerulean, yellow and gold cover American edition will catch your eye I won a signed paperback copy of Deborah Swift s novel The Lady s Slipper through her book blog as a giveaway prize Link www.deborahswift.com

  8. says:

    I was a lucky winner of an ARC copy of this book I was really excited to read it, but sadly, I only made it to about pg 120 before I decided to stop reading The story was really good, and I was enjoying it I can t believe everything started because of a single orchid I liked a few of the characters, and I would have finished the book except for one thing sex A lot things eluded to and talked about people committing adultery, but it didn t stop from just talking The book became sexually gr I was a lucky winner of an ARC copy of this book I was really excited to read it, but sadly, I only made it to about pg 120 before I decided to stop reading The story was really good, and I was enjoying it I can t believe everything started because of a single orchid I liked a few of the characters, and I would have finished the book except for one thing sex A lot things eluded to and talked about people committing adultery, but it didn t stop from just talking The book became sexually graphic Ella is a skank maid who tries to get it on with her boss, and there were a couple inappropriate scenes Fearing that there would beof this between Ella and Thomas and a few other characters, I decided to stop reading it Too bad smut that like had to ruin a good book

  9. says:

    Such a long read Seriously With the worst last 30 pages ever She has 430 pages to develop a love story and instead decides to develop it in two I love a good romance, but in this case I could have done without it considering the terrible job she did of creating an relationship between the two characters before having them fall madly in love with each other I d say about 200 hundred pages of this book are worth reading and the rest are just tolerable Don t waste your time You ll pick it Such a long read Seriously With the worst last 30 pages ever She has 430 pages to develop a love story and instead decides to develop it in two I love a good romance, but in this case I could have done without it considering the terrible job she did of creating an relationship between the two characters before having them fall madly in love with each other I d say about 200 hundred pages of this book are worth reading and the rest are just tolerable Don t waste your time You ll pick it up because it sounds like a good story, you ll continue to read it because you ll assume that eventually the story will becomeinteresting it semi does and when you finally finish it, you will be utterly disappointedor annoyed Fair warning

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