Friday, June 22, 2007
All The Tea In China by Jane Orcutt
Award-winning Christian author Jane Orcutt was born with a serious heart defect and faced surgeries and long recoveries from the age of five. But these solitary times strengthened Jane’s love for reading, and her dream of one day becoming a writer.
Jane achieved that dream with style, not only as a popular Christian novelist with fourteen published books to her credit, but also through her mentorship of many young writers.
Jane was a loyal and loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister, a witty and sought-after friend, a powerful writer, and a tender pet owner. Most of all Jane was a follower and lover of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, March 18, 2007, after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia, Jane stepped into the arms of her Savior.
Every good young Englishwoman knows that her destiny depends upon a good marriage match. But Isabella Goodrich is not your typical good young Englishwoman.
After an encounter with those less fortunate than she, witty and fun-loving Isabella makes a shocking decision.
Against everyone’s advice and wishes, she is going to become a missionary in the Far East.
Fighting against cultural expectations, common sense, and a mentor who is not as he seems, Isabella leaves her predictable Oxford life behind and sets sail to a new world fraught with danger.
Can she trust the mysterious missionary Phineas Snowe? Or will her adventure end before it even begins?
A delightful story for readers who like high adventure, twisting plots, and a hint of romance.
Endorsements for All The Tea In China:
“I can't remember when I had so much fun learning about another culture, and learning the art of compassion.”- author Hannah Alexander
“I was grinning by the end of the first sentence. What a delight to travel from Oxford to the Orient with headstrong Isabella Goodrich! A well-educated Englishwoman with more than a teaspoonful of courage, Isabella has her heart set on China, even as a certain gentleman fixes his eye on her. Solid research and sprightly pacing make for a pleasurable read. Truly good to the last drop!”- Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Whence Came a Prince
“Jane Orcutt’s All the Tea in China has been well-defined as a “rollicking Regency!” Writing with a delightful combination of verve and charm, Orcutt presents Isabella Goodrich as an intelligent, spunky, good-hearted girl who never lacks for adventure . . . or daring. I loved journeying with her from England to China, and from naiveté to maturity!” –Angela Hunt, author of Uncharted and The Elevator
“With its rich detail and saucy characters, All the Tea in China is a fun romp around Cape Horn and into China. I loved the spunk of Isabella, the mystery of Phineas, and the allure of a country so distant from our own. Hats off to Jane Orcutt for such an enjoyable read!” - Marlo Schalesky, author of Veil of Fire
Brittanie: I lovved this book. It is wonderful. I could not put it down. I made the mistake of starting it right before bedtime. I had to go to bed and work but I thought about it all day at work. My only regret is that Jane Orcutt is no longer with us. She died from cancer in March. She will be greatly missed by her family, peers, and readers. There is a website set up in her honor where you can learn more about her life and books. It is http://www.janeorcuttbooks.com/index