'Compelling and intriguing, this is a well-told story full of wonderful prose and surprising events.' -- Romance Reviews Today
When English artist Alice Ibbetson discovers a rare orchid, the lady's-slipper, she is captivated by its beauty and fragility. It is the last surviving specimen and she wants to paint it and tend it for future generations.
But she is not the only one who wants the flower - a herbalist wants it for its medicinal properties, and a ruthless landowner hopes that, like the tulip craze, it might restore his ailing fortunes. And pitted against them all is Richard Wheeler, the handsome man of new-found faith, whose searing honesty causes more danger than any deceit.
Soon Alice finds herself caught up in a web of danger, treachery and unexpected passion.
A story of drama, intrigue and romance set in 17th century England.
Shortlisted for the Impress Prize and the Salt Lake City Readers Award.
Book group questions available on the author's website.