The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, and Sarah Addison Allen, a family searches for the truth hidden in their past in this “expertly woven tale of family power, threaded with as much mystery as magic” (V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—not for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed into a ceiba tree, leaving them with more questions than answers.
Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings and powers. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, her descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back.
Alternating between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is a “spellbinding tale, both timeless and fresh, that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Prepare to fall in love” (Kim Liggett, New York Times bestselling author).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When you sit down with Zoraida Córdova’s lush novel of magical realism and family secrets, you’re in for a treat. Orquídea Divina is the matriarch of a sprawling family with roots in Four Rivers, a fictional U.S. hamlet with “the smallest post office in the country, which was the only thing preventing them from becoming a ghost town.” Everything about her is shrouded in mystery, not least the circumstances that led her to flee her native Ecuador. When she summons her children and grandchildren to come mark her death and collect their inheritance, she sets in motion dramatic events that launch her descendants on a quest to return to Orquídea’s hometown of Guayaquil to scatter her ashes, dig up family secrets, and battle powerful spirits with an axe to grind. We adored every moment spent with this absorbing novel and its unforgettable cast of characters.
This radiant adult debut from C rdova (the Brooklyn Brujas YA series) follows the troubled Montoya family in the magical Midwestern town of Four Rivers. As the book opens, matriarch Orqu dea Divina has just sent out wax-sealed, bird-delivered notices for her own funeral, inviting her children and grandchildren to "come and collect your inheritance." Cousins Rey and Marimar set off from New York City; their cousin, the heavily pregnant Tatinelly, heeds the call from Olympia, Ore. With her family gathered around her, Orqu dea enters a kind of magical earthly limbo and exhorts her progeny to "protect your magic." Her warning remains mysterious until seven years later, when the Montoyas are pursued by a malevolent man who visits death and destruction on their extended family. To save themselves, Rey, Marimar, Tatinelly, and Tatinelly's magically gifted seven-year-old, Rhiannon, trace Orqu dea's roots to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she was born. While there's not much momentum in the first act, this family saga acquires a thrillerlike tempo as the Montoyas draw closer to the mystery at the heart of Orqu dea's curse. The magic is vivid and yet familiar, and adds to the urgency of the plot. It adds up to an inspired and entertaining blend of magical realism and fantasy.
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enjoyed this so much! Such a great story! Crazy twists and turns! Loved the characters!! I loved it all!