I’m so excited to share my super good news!  Publisher’s Weekly gave my latest book, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, a starred review!  In honor of said review, I’m giving away a signed advanced reader copy and some really neato swag. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below.

Publishing is such an up and down, rollercoaster-y type of life.  One day you get a fabulous review and the next day you get a dismal royalty statement. Sometimes you find an editor who loves working with you and sometimes you get a rejection.  If you stay in publishing long enough all of this will happen to you, no matter how fancy-pants you are.  It’s just part of the rich tapestry of the book world.  So…we celebrate the good ones and we mourn the bad ones.  So thank you Publisher’s Weekly for the awesome star.

*starred review* Publisher’s Weekly

THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID by Sharon Biggs Waller

(Viking; 978-0-451-47411-7)

Seventeen-year-old Elodie’s adventurousness and intellect outpace the constraints Victorian England places on women her age. The oldest daughter in a family of 10 women, Elodie takes on responsibility for everyone when her mother falls ill, and her perpetually absent father jeopardizes them all when he fails to retrieve a rare, expensive orchid for the man who finances his plant-hunting expeditions to China. Elodie risks everything to help her father return to China and pay off his debts by stowing away on a tea clipper with the help of a handsome young Russian named Alex. Once Elodie arrives in China, Waller (A Mad, Wicked Folly) creates a vivid portrait of the country’s landscape and history—and the restrictions women faced there, too—through Elodie’s observations and via her new friend, Ching Lan. The discordant relationship between England’s fascination with China’s many unfamiliar treasures and the Victorian desire to conquer is also front and center. Elodie and Ching Lan are feminists of their era, refusing to bend to the rules and limits placed before them. Ages 12–up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (Mar.)



Author: Sharon Biggs Waller


Review Issue Date: November 15, 2015

Online Publish Date: November 3, 2015


Pages: 416

Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-451-47411-7

Category: Fiction

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