Review: The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift

by Deborah Swift

Publication Date:  November 23, 2010
St. Martin's Griffin

SYNOPSIS:  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…

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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 live more peacefully 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!

For more information, please visit Deborah Swift's WEBSITE.

FTC DISCLOSURE: This book was sent to me by the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.



  1. Gosh! What a unique plot indeed! I love this idea, and would definitely want to read this one.

  2. I am going to finish this book tonight... I have loved every bit! My reasons for wanting to read this were the same; it has been great to read a bit of hf not set around a royal court.

  3. I have been hearing amazing things about this book, and I am glad to hear that you liked it! Great review on this one!

  4. Can't see that title without thinking of Cinderella....

  5. All beautiful things come with a price! Great review and thanks for the recommendation.


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