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Ok, so I really thought I wouldn’t have time to read another book before my son is born, but I couldn’t put this one down, so here is a review of All the Tea in China.
“The 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? This first novel in the Rollicking Regency series will delight readers who like high adventure, twisting plots, and a fun bit of romance.” –Amazon.com
All the Tea in China
I had heard mixed reviews about this book, and was not sure if I wanted to read it. I finally started it and was pleasantly surprised at what a fun and interesting book it was! The entire story is told from the main character’s view, Isabella. From her funny thoughts about certain situations to her way of telling the story, it drew me in. The characters are fun and interesting and what made it so good, was that each character what not what they first seemed. I liked that. The author seems to have done her research about China and is very detailed and I feel like I have learned something new. Even though this was the first book I have read by Jane Orcutt, she is an author I will definitely be looking for more from in the future!
Isabella is a young woman on the brink of becoming an “old maid”. With no husband prospects in sight she decides to take fate into her own hands after meeting a missionary named Phineas Snowe at a party. She decides that God has given her several prompt signs, and that it is His will for her to go to China with Phineas to be a missionary. After asking permission to go with him and receiving a prompt “no” Isabella decides she will go anyway and stows away aboard his ship. What follows is a wonderful adventure even though Phineas and his situation is not what it first seems!
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