BioDeborah Swift is a historical novelist from the North of England. She has published three historical novels (Macmillan & St Martin's Press) and a Trilogy for teens (Endeavour Press). <br /> She also self-publishes under the pen-name Davina Blake.<br /> Deborah is passionate about history and literature, and used to work as a set and costume designer for theatre and television.<br /> Her first novel was shortlisted for The Impress Prize, The Waverley Good Read, and the Salt Lake City Reader's Award.
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The Lady's Slipper
'Compelling and intriguing, this is a well-told story full of wonderful prose and surprising events. It's a vivid addition to the genre'. --RT BookReviews When English artist Alice Ibbetson discovers a rare orchid, the lady's-slipper, growing in a nearby wood, she is captivated by its beauty and fragility. It is the last surviving specimen and she wants to paint it and tend it for future generations. But she is not the only one who wants the flower - a herbalist wants it for its medicinal properties, and a ruthless landowner hopes that, like the tulip craze, it might restore his ailing fortunes. And pitted against them all is the man whose searing honesty is more dangerous than any deceit. Soon Alice finds herself caught up in a web of danger, treachery and unexpected passion.