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All the Tea in China by Jane Orcutt

I’ve had this book on my shelf for well over a year now. When church was canceled because of the snow, I decided it was the perfect time to read it. And I’m so glad I did.

It truly grieves me to think that this writer will no longer pen her tales here on earth. Just before the book was published in 2007, the author died from a battle with leukemia. This must have been her last labor of love.

The story, told in first person (unusual for a historical romance), was rich with details that made the setting come alive for me.

Isabella Goodrich wants to find her calling in life. After meeting a missionary from China, she believes she has found it. Her only hindrance is convincing the missionary to take her along with him.

What you’ll find in All the Tea in China:

A woman with a sword who knows how to use it

Privateers who underestimate the woman with the sword

A man who is not quite what he seems

Two people who find love most unexpectedly

Note: My favorite books to read are regencies. I’ve attempted to write one myself. I don’t come close to being in the same league as this writer. I wish she were around to write more of her stories.

My favorite fiction reading is regency romance.  I just completed reading Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard.

The author writes with rich detail(something that is sorely lacking in my own writing) similar in style to Georgette Heyer.

Miss Ariana Forsythe is resolved to the fact that her lot in life is to marry a clergyman–even after the young rector moves away and is replaced by a man older than her father.

Ariana seems a little silly as she pines for this older man who seems to have no other redeeming qualities other than he is a rector. Her parents feel the only solution is to remove her from the situation by sending her away to her aunt’s who is to sponsor her in her first season  in society.

She is told to stay away from one eligible bachelor, Mr.  Phillip Morney,  because he has been known to destroy the social chances of other young women by his indifference to them.

A great story. Read what happens when she meets Mr. Morney at a picnic on his estate. Let’s just say she doesn’t end up marrying a Rector.

Saturdays are my main writing workdays.  I’m working through the Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook with my writing group at the Summit Church.

I’ve completed through chapter 4 of the workbook and I’m amazed at how answering the questions has allowed me to focus on the plot of my work in progress.

I was able to come up with a title – Absalom’s Beauty, a Regency Romance for the Christian market.

FYI– Absalom is a horse, not a main character.

Please post a comment on what you think of the title.

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But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.     2 Samuel 14:25

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