The Orchid House
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|Mon, 08-06-2012 - 3:23pm|
The Orchid House or (Hothouse Flower) by Lucinda Riley
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 the two lovers are cruelly separated, the impact will be felt on generations to come.
This novel had many things that I enjoy in a book- a dual frame, interesting characters, family secrets and a hint of romance. If you are a fan of Kate Morton's style of writing, I think you will enjoy this book. I've downloaded her second book, The Girl On The Cliff which looks like another good read.