From beloved New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, a “sweeping, poignant saga that will enthrall fans of The House at Riverton, Rebecca, and Downton Abbey” (Shelf Awareness).
Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from the Wharton Park estate in England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist and the aristocratic Crawford family, whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences.
As a child, concert pianist Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park, the grand estate reminiscent of Downton Abbey 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 this tranquil place. 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 the estate. Their search takes them back to the 1940s when Harry, a former heir to Wharton Park, married his young society bride, Olivia, on the eve of World War II. When the two lovers are cruelly separated, the impact will be felt for generations to come.
This atmospheric story alternates between the magical world of Wharton Park and Thailand during World War II. Filled with twists and turns, passions and lies, and ultimately redemption, The Orchid House is a beautiful, romantic, and poignant novel.
Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title Hothouse Flower.
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The Orchid House
Loved the twists and turns. Good book for book club
This is a beautiful read, a well rounded, profoundly written novel of the resilience of the human spirit and the universal language of love and its power to span decades. My sister-in-law recommended this book to me while she was on her second read. I'm so glad she did. I fell in love with the main characters and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Orchid House
Started out to be promising, but continued to go downhill with each chapter. Many holes in the story and at times preposterous. Story suffered -Needed to be condensed and edited for believability.