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The Forbidden Orchid

Sharon Biggs Waller

The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family. Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors' prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse. Elodie can't stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower-only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she'd ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family. Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors' prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse. Elodie can't stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower-only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she'd ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?
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The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family. Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors' prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse. Elodie can't stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower-only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she'd ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Katharine McEwan

Length:

12h 15m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:11


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:54


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:40


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:44


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:02


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:17


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:43


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:19


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:57


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:48


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:26


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:23


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:44


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:54


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:38


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:40


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:37


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:25


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:29


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:41


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:02


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:32