All the Tea in China
Isabella Goodrich is a singular woman. Raised by her uncle, an Oxford Dean, she is a swordswoman and scholar. Since both of these attributes are not considered womanly, it is no wonder she is still single at twenty-five. In 1814, this makes her officially on the shelf. Isabella decides, as a result of what she sees as three “signs,” that she is meant to be a missionary to China. Although those around her try to make her see reason, Isabella is convinced of her calling. She stows away on a ship that is returning missionary Phineas Snowe, a man she detests, to China. She believes that although Phineas dislikes her, his sense of honor will not allow him to leave her unescorted.
Jane Orcutt has written a witty, vivacious, highly entertaining tale of adventure and romance. This book is a work of art. The inspirational elements in the story, though subtle, enhance the plot. The characters are human, imperfect, and amusing. Although this book was intended to be Book One in the Rollicking Regency series, sadly, it will now stand alone. Jane Orcutt passed away in March 2007.