The Lady’s Slipper

Written by Deborah Swift

‘Compelling and intriguing, this is a well-told story full of wonderful prose and surprising events.’ — RT Book Reviews 

Shortlisted for the Impress Prize and the Salt Lake City Readers Award.

What would you give up to save a flower from extinction?
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. Soon Alice finds herself caught up in a web of danger, treachery and unexpected passion.
Poetic and life-affirming, this is a literary novel of drama and intrigue set in 17th century England.
Book group questions available on the author’s website.
(Book 1 in the Westmorland books; the companion to this book is The Gilded Lily.)


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