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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Forbidden Orchid by @sbiggswaller #BookReview

Title: The Forbidden Orchid
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Viking
Rating: 4****
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
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Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

About the Author
Sharon Biggs Waller moved to England in 2000, where she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. These days she is a dressage rider and trainer and lives on a ten-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana with her British husband, Mark. She is the author of three non-fiction books, as well as the YA novel A Mad, Wicked Folly.

Although this book is not a high adventure. It was very good. I do wish we would have gotten to China sooner and spent less time on what Eloise did at home etc. but it was still well paced after we got there. I was very worried that it would speed up and end very quickly. But it never felt to fast. I also wish that the epilogue would have been set more than what it was. I would have liked to see where they were maybe set 5-10 years out. The epilogue didn't give me the fabulous information that I was hoping for! 

As for the characters I really did love Eloise! At first she was still mostly the type of girl from that time period. She didn't ask questions and she did what she was told. But I loved seeing how she grew a spine and decided that her first commitment was to herself. So many woman don't do that in our society today. So that was a very big plus! 

I think his could be a wonderful series. Going from sister to sister! Each one finding their calling as the time goes by. It kind of reminds me of My Little Pony's. Each pony finding their cutie marks. (I know that seems silly). But I think it would make for a fabulous story!! As we don't get much information about her family at the end. 

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All in all for me this one a very well paced, book with the feels! It has some very funny moments as well as some heart ripping out ones. I would recommend this to someone who is looking for a quick read to pass the time.

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