The Orchid Hunter

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Can an English lady raised as a "wild orchid" ever be truly tamed?

When Trevor Mandeville leaves behind the drawing rooms of London and journeys to an island paradise in search of a rare orchid, he comes face-to-face with an even more shocking treasure. Stolen from her family at a young age, Joya Penn has spent most of her life running wild and free. Trevor tries to resist her charms, but soon finds himself captivated by the deliciously innocent-yet wildly seductive-young ...

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Can an English lady raised as a "wild orchid" ever be truly tamed?

When Trevor Mandeville leaves behind the drawing rooms of London and journeys to an island paradise in search of a rare orchid, he comes face-to-face with an even more shocking treasure. Stolen from her family at a young age, Joya Penn has spent most of her life running wild and free. Trevor tries to resist her charms, but soon finds himself captivated by the deliciously innocent-yet wildly seductive-young creature with eyes as blue as a mountain lake and blonde hair rippling down her back in an untamed mane.

Given her first taste of desire by the handsome adventurer, Joya believes all her dreams have come true when Trevor agrees to escort her back to London. But her uninhibited ways quickly throw his entire household-and his heart-into delightful chaos.

As Joya despairs of ever being the sort of "proper lady" Trevor could love, Trevor begins to wonder if he's finally found the treasure he has been hunting for his entire the forbidden paradise of Joya's arms.

Jill Marie Landis is the New York Times bestselling author of PAST PROMISES, UNTIL TOMORROW, THE ORCHID HUNTER and JADE

"If you love historical romance, you'll adore Jill Marie Landis."-New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah

"Jill Marie Landis is a winner!"-New York Times bestselling author Dorothy Garlock

"Jill Marie Landis writes beautiful love stories."- New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood

"Historical romance at its very best!"-Publishers Weekly

"Jill Marie Landis is fabulous!"- New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

"A gifted to enthrall readers and touch their deepest emotions."-Romantic Times

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her newest historical romance, Landis leaves the 1820 U.S. frontier of Blue Moon for Victorian England with the story of Joya Penn, the daughter of a famous orchid hunter living on Matarenga, a Madagascar-esque island off the coast of Africa. Joya has always felt that some part of her was missing, and to compensate, she draws pictures of a girl she dreams about who looks just like her but lives in London. One day, Trevor Mandeville, an amateur orchid hunter, comes to offer Joya's father a deal with the Mandeville import company. He's awestruck when he casts eyes on Joya--not because she's wielding a machete and wearing much less clothing than a proper lady should, but because she looks exactly like his sister, Janelle. In order to learn more about her heritage, Joya accompanies Trevor back to England, where she tries but fails to acquire the ways of polite society. In a rehashed plot, Trevor marries Joya to save her reputation, but she flees back to Africa in the wake of her terminal gaucheness. Her husband follows her, at which point the lovers resolve to spend a month in a Matarengan marriage hut and then hunt orchids together. There are some good ideas here and a couple of good laughs among Landis's exotic set pieces, but the silly plot is beyond rescue. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Romantic Times - Kathe Robin
“A gifted writer…able to enthrall readers and touch their deepest emotions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939541505
  • Publisher: Amber House Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,498,796
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Marie Landis's novels have earned distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA Today Top 50 and the New York Times. She is a seven-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in Single Title Historical and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

Some of her recent releases include the Irish Angels Series, inspirational historical romance from Zondervan, and MAI TAI ONE ON, TWO TO MANGO, and THREE TO GET LEI'D, and TOO HOT FOUR HULA the first four titles in her hilarious "Tiki Goddess Mysteries" set in Hawaii. Her historical romances PAST PROMISES, UNTIL TOMORROW, JADE and THE ORCHID HUNTER are being released in e-book for the very first time in 2014.

Jill Marie resides in Hawaii with her husband. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, occasionally quilting, but most of all dancing the hula.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2015

    Wonderful Read!!

    My first book by Jill Landis and I loved it. She wasn't raised as a Lady and is different from anything he has ever seen but he couldn't help but fall in love!!! There are a few twists and turns and paternity issues but this is a wonderful read!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining mid-nineteenth century romance

    In 1850 Joya Penn loves living on Matarenga but it sometimes gets very lonely being the only white woman on the African island. Though she is for the most part content with her life, Joya feels a deep need to go to England, the home of her parents. She feels that part of her, the girl she always draws pictures of, resides in England. However, Joya feels her chances of going to the land of her ancestors is remote. It is even less likely that she will be marrying anyone since most of the islanders feel uncomfortable around her and her father would forbid it anyway. <P>Everything changes when Trevor Mandeville arrives on the island seeking the perfect orchid for Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. He realizes that Joya is the lost twin if his adopted sister. Joya accompanies Trevor back to England where she is joyfully united with her sibling. Joya falls in love with Trevor. However, he is a stickler to convention, but the only conventions she knows are African not English. Unless love finds a way, this culture-crossed duo is doomed to a lifetime of unhappiness. <P>Jill Marie Landis paints two wonderful landscapes as a part of mid nineteenth century Africa and England vividly come to life in THE ORCHID HUNTER. The entertaining and often humorous story line features two notable lead characters, but clearly the tale belongs to the joyous Joya whose uninhibited nature takes Victorian London by storm, sending the ¿White Man¿s Burden¿ into clear disarray. The secondary romance starring Joya¿s sister adds to the overall fun. Ms. Landis has scripted a sensual storyline filled with vibrancy. This author creates some of the best historical romance writers¿ on the market today. <P>Harriet Klausner

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