Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Jane Orcutt's final novel, All the Tea in China (Revell). Orcutt, diagnosed with leukemia last December, passed away March 17. She was 47. She finished her last book, All the Tea in China (Revell), just before she died. The royalties will assist with medical expenses incurred by Orcutt's family.

About the book: Has this saucy high-society Englishwoman met her match? Though well-bred, fashionable, and educated, Isabella Goodrich feels useless as a spinster in a world of matchmaking and social gatherings. She'd rather be practicing her skills at the sword and discussing philosophy than making painful small talk at ridiculous parties.

Then Isabella meets the mysterious Phineas Snowe, and she becomes convinced she is meant to follow him to the mission fields of the Orient. A woman with an independent nature, she sneaks away and boards a ship to China. What she discovers about her companion and the world beyond Britain's shores draws her into a greater quest--and deeper love--than she could have imagined.

All the Tea in China is a fast-paced, witty, and lighthearted tale of adventure, romance, and the pursuit of impossible dreams. Jane Orcutt is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the bestselling Porch Swings and Picket Fences. A two-time RITA award finalist, Jane was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Orcutt, a lifelong Texan, leaves behind a husband and two sons.

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