ARC Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

 

Book cover for The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Forbidden Orchid
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters living in a small English market town in 1861. The girls’ father is a plant hunter, usually off adventuring through the jungles of China.

Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan fails to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid, meaning that he will be thrown into debtors’ prison and the girls will be sent to the orphanage or the poorhouse. Elodie’s father has one last chance to return to China, find the orchid, and save the family—and this time, thanks to an unforeseen twist of fate, Elodie is going with him. Elodie 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 even if she can find the orchid, how can she find herself now that staid, responsible Elodie has seen how much the world has to offer? Continue reading