The Orchid House: A Novel
by Lucinda Riley
Kindle Edition-

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 ...

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  "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 to England to begin healing and to begin re-acquainting herself with her family.

Julia was having a difficult time with her grief, but luck came her way one day when she was given a diary that belonged to her grandfather.

The diary had been found under the floorboards in one of the cottages on the Crawford estate, Wharton Park. Along with the diary, Julia also had Elise, her grandmother, to help her remember the good times and to explain firsthand about the past and what actually happened at Wharton Park when Elise worked as a lady's maid for Olivia Crawford. The memories and a few of the characters, one in particular, helped Julia begin to bring herself back.

Wharton Park was where Julia helped her grandfather in the estate's hothouses where he grew orchids....orchids that had come from Thailand where her grandfather had been held captive during WWII. Being with her grandfather was the best part of her childhood. The diary brought back memories, and Julia's grandmother brought forth the truth about the family's history along with all its unspoken secrets.

Remembering the past and finding hidden secrets are a part of THE ORCHID HOUSE that is very appealing. You will follow the lives of the Crawford family where Julia's grandmother and grandfather were part of the staff of Wharton Park. The secrets revealed in the diary and those secrets revealed firsthand by Elise will keep you turning the pages. Knowing that there is a secret between the aristocratic Crawfords of Wharton Park and the household staff which included Julia's grandparents made the book intriguing and one that will keep your attention.

Don't miss this alluring story with its captivating characters who have secrets that span 70 years and a family that makes a full circle with Wharton Park being the beginning and the end.

I truly enjoyed the book because of its historical fiction and the style of going back and forth in time. The secrets that are revealed, the lies that kept the secrets unspoken, the twists and turns, and the surprise ending make this book one I couldn't read quickly enough. ENJOY!!!! 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  "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 to generation). Sweet and sad love stories inside.

  "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 England and Thailand, but it\\\'s easy to follow with twists and turns in the right places, that keep you reading, even if they are somewhat predictable.

The writing itself was a bit too straight-forward with the telling, making it difficult to fully connect with the characters and making them seem a little flat at times (the author constantly tells us how the characters feel instead of showing). But even so, the stories were well-woven, the ending uplifting, and I would recommend it to other book clubs

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