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The Orchid House: A Novel
by Lucinda Riley

Published: 2012-02-14
Kindle Edition : 464 pages
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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.


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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.

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Good first read in the WWII romance/historical fiction genre.
by Madaood (see profile) 10/09/14
If your group has read other romantic/historical/dramatic society fiction pieces, this will seem like a repeat. If you haven't, it's a great one to try.

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  "If you like Downton Abbey..."by DeanyBeany (see profile) 01/25/15

...then you will most likely enjoy this tale spanning 3 generations, set primarily in London, England at Wharton Park Estate. The story alternates between present-day and the 1940s in Englan... (read more)

 
  "Have I read this before?"by Madaood (see profile) 10/09/14

Loe WWII drama and romance. This one fits those requirements, but seems to trace too closely to other story lines I've read. Love the descriptive clues (like the curly hair making its way from generation... (read more)

 
  "Alluring"by Silver's Reviews (see profile) 09/03/13

What better way to heal from a tragedy than to go back to a time and a place when life was good. Julia had lost her husband and her son in a tragic accident in France and decided to return ... (read more)

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