The Orchid House

The Orchid House

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Returning to the tranquil estate of her childhood after suffering the losses of her husband and young child, Julia reunites with the estate's heir, with whom she discovers an old diary and learns the story of an ancestor's heartbreak on the eve of World War II. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

"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 thetwo 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"--
Returning to the tranquil estate of her childhood after suffering the losses of her husband and young child, Julia reunites with the estate's heir, with whom she discovers an old diary and learns the story of an ancestor's heartbreak on the eve of World War II.

Simon and Schuster
Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title Hothouse Flower.

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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012, c2011
Edition: First Atria paperback ed
ISBN: 9781451655780
Branch Call Number: FIC RIL
Characteristics: xi, 449 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Riley, Lucinda

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patricia1927_0
Oct 22, 2016

this is a 10

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Liselara
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.***

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Nenner
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.

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Sisbot
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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