Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Jane Orcutt's All the Tea in China ~ Reviewed
All the Tea in China
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2007)
Though well-bred, fashionable and educated, Isabella Goodrich feels useless as a spinster in a world of matchmaking and social gatherings. She'd rather be practicing her skills at the sword and discussing philosophy than making painful small talk at ridiculous parties.
Then Isabella meets the mysterious Phineas Snowe, and she becomes convinced she is meant to follow him to the mission fields of the orient. As a woman with an independent nature, she sneaks away and boards a ship to China. What she discovers about her companion and the world beyond Britain's shores draws her into a greater quest -- and deeper love -- than she could have imagined.
All the Tea in China is a fast-paced, witty, and lighthearted tale of adventure, romance, and the pursuit of impossible dreams.
All the Tea in China has become one of my all-time favorite novels. If you tossed Charlie's Angels (the movie), Pride and Prejudice, a couple of snappy chick-lits, a pirate romance novel and The Joy Luck Club into a blender and let 'er rip, you'd end up with something very similar to All the Tea in China.
Did I mention that I really liked this read?
Orcutt has created a heroine both sweet and sassy and a swashbuckling fun story line. She then tossed in a cup of historical information, a pinch of Christianity, a splash of pirates, dash of mysterious hero and through the first person narrative of an 1800 English chick-lit makes this an entertaining and charming read.
On a very sad note, Jane Orcutt passed away in March of 2007. In honor of her memory a fund has been set up with World Vision for a Chinese girl's education. Contributions may be sent by calling World Vision at 1-800-777-5777 and donating to catalog number D4040225, mentioning that the gift is donated in memory of Jane Orcutt. Our sympathies to her husband and two sons.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer