Jane Orcutt File:
Reviewed by April Gardner
All the Tea in China by Jane
"...saucy and charming, a fun read that is sure to brighten your day."
From regency England to the mysterious Orient, Isabella Goodrich is all surprises—some a bit incredible. Just how does a high society lady end up a stow away in a cattle stall on a boat to China anyway? But the author, Ms. Orcutt, pulls it off and makes the reader fall in love with this spunky, fearless character.
Isabella Goodrich, at twenty-five, is an acclaimed spinster that can wield a sword with precision while quoting intellectuals and spouting theorems. As far as society is concerned, she’s much too educated and far too physically active for a proper gentleman’s daughter. She’s the talk of every social event with her book learning and private fencing lessons. Since no man will court her, much less marry her, she’s given up on the idea of matrimony. There’s not man out there who could keep up with her anyway. God, however, captures her heart, so, she surrenders her life to mission work in faraway China.
Phineas Snow, the dowdy missionary that unintentionally inspired Isabella to her new life’s work, is traveling back to China on the same ship. It takes only days to discover that the humble missionary has hidden a few details about himself that might have been helpful to know before she stowed away. After two months sharing a cabin with a man that, for propriety’s sake, she must call “brother” might lead to disaster, or maybe to something more beneficial for them both…
All the Tea in China is saucy and charming, a fun read that is sure to brighten your day. However, this novel is more than wholesome entertainment. It is Ms. Orcutt’s latest and final work. Published shortly after she lost her battle with leukemia in March of 2007, All the Tea in China is a wonderful legacy to a great Christian author. As she rests in the arms of her Savior, her great stories live on with us here. I encourage you to read them and remember her and the Lord she wrote for.
Good work, Jane. We’ll miss you.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.