A history of precious orchids and their hunters: Sharon Biggs Waller's second YA novel is a romantic historical adventure with an unforgettable British heroine at its heart. In 1861, Elodie Buchanan is the daughter of a plant hunter. Her father often travels to China to collect precious plant specimen, but his failure to find an extremely valuable orchid could mean financial ruin for their whole family. He has one chance to find the...
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
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?
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.
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