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An exotic tale that takes readers from a steamy jungle isle to London's drawing rooms. The irrepressible daughter of an orchid hunter comes to terms with the missing pieces of her past when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had--and the one man who makes love blossom in her eyes....

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Overview

An exotic tale that takes readers from a steamy jungle isle to London's drawing rooms. The irrepressible daughter of an orchid hunter comes to terms with the missing pieces of her past when she meets the twin sister she never knew she had--and the one man who makes love blossom in her eyes....

"If you love historical romance, you'll adore Jill Marie Landis."--Kristin Hannah

"Gripping and emotionally charged...Landis delivers another unusual, beautifully crafted romance." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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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.|
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  • ISBN-13: 9780515127683
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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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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