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The adventures of a British woman in China, looking for the orchid that might shop her family.

Staid, accountable Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters becoming up in a small English industry city in 1861. the ladies slightly understand their father, a plant hunter often off adventuring via China, extra fable than guy. Then catastrophe moves: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his agreement to gather a really infrequent and necessary orchid. he'll be thrown into borrowers’ criminal whereas his daughters are despatched to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by means of and spot her relations destroyed, so she persuades her father to come to China once again to aim to seek down the flower—only this time, regardless of every thing she is aware approximately her position in society, Elodie is going with him. She hasn't ever ahead of left her village, yet what starts off as worry turns to ask yourself as she adapts to seafaring existence aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the recent points of interest, risks, and romance of China. She involves locate that either the realm and her position in it are quite a bit higher than she’d ever dreamed. yet now, whether she can locate the orchid, how can she ever return to being the staid, liable Elodie that everyone wishes?

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