The Orchid House

The Orchid House

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"For fans of The House at Riverton and Rebecca--a debut spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from a magnificent estate in war-torn England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist, Julia, and the prominent Crawford family whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences for generations to come. As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park, the great house where her grandfather tended exotic orchids. Years later, while struggling with overwhelming grief over the death of her husband and young child, she returns to the tranquility of the estate. There she reunites with Kit Crawford, heir to the estate and her possible salvation. When they discover an old diary, Julia seeks out her grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park. Their search takes them back to the 1930s when a former heir to Wharton Park married his young society bride on the eve of World War II. When the two lovers are cruelly separated, the impact will be felt on generations to come. Lucinda Riley skillfully sweeps her readers between the magical world of Wharton Park and Thailand during World War II with irresistible and atmospheric storytelling. Filled with twists and turns, passions and lies, and ultimately redemption, The Orchid House is a romantic, poignant novel that became an instant bestseller in the UK and Germany"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2012
Edition: First Atria paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451655780
Branch Call Number: FICTION RILEY
Characteristics: xi, 449 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 26, 2018

Silly plot. Dumb dialogue. Kept waiting for it to get better; it didn't.

Jan 22, 2018

Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book because of two-dimensional characters and behaviors that were simply not logical (for example, cigarettes lit in one sentence and stubbed out in the next sentence; this happened repeatedly). The writing style skated across the surface without any realistic depth.

Oct 22, 2016

this is a 10

Feb 04, 2016

The first novel I read by Lucinda Riley was The Midnight Rose which I loved so when The Orchid House became available I couldn't wait to sit down for a good historical, romantic novel. In this case, I was very disappointed because the people I wanted to learn about were not those characters' stories. Julia_Sedai wrote about The Midnight Rose that "she didn't like any of the male characters" and I totally agree with her. It is the same thing here; most of her characters are men who act like 5 year olds (very little substance in any of them). There is one story line/plot which is not credible towards the end. Read it for sure but it's not one of her best. ***Note: The Hot House Flower is the exact same book as The Orchid House.***

Aug 26, 2013

Based on the book's opening, I thought I was going to be hooked, and to be honest, I was. I found the story to be slightly depressing though due to the love story that is eventually broken due to adultery. This I felt was completely unnecessary and when it ended, I was glad...and I am the kind of person that cannot stop a book right in the middle. The entire time I was expecting it to get better, and it never did.

ehbooklover Sep 07, 2012

A gothic novel that is part family saga, part mystery, and part love story. I enjoyed the historical setting but found the dialogue to be lacking and some of the plot twists to be a tad contrived. Still, once I got about halfway through I found it hard to put down.

Sep 05, 2011

Richard & Judy who are two show hosts from the UK recommended this book via their talk show book club. I loved it. It has twists and turns and the ending is the definition of "irony" Recommend.


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