A heart-rending page turner which sweeps from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again . . .
As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers.
So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit...more
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I mean the prologue was kinda great and I thought, OMG, this book has to fantastic. I was SO wrong. After the prologue the whole story goes down the drain and only consists of stupid and blunt characters that are all so very annoying and not likeable at all. Plus, they don't ...more
Julia has just suffered a great loss in her life and has gone back to see her grandmother who begins telling her stories of the people who once lived in a great house where Julia's grandmother worked. As with many of these stories that take place in two time periods, I liked the old one a lot better.
I loved seeing how the mystery of Julia's famil ...more
The story is that of Julia, who is in deep morning after the loss of husband and child. She's b ...more
Let's see, off the top of my head, ...more
In this case, I regret wasting my time. I feel like a fool because I kept slogging on until the end, despite early and plentiful signs that it wasn't going to be what I hoped; I admit I was interested enough in the plot to just read a little further... a little further... But it just could have been so much better.
Characters just never come alive and are hard to c ...more
There is truth about the old adage, "less is more". I was happily reading along when one extra twist in the story punted it firmly into the realm of melodrama. Unfortunately, there were a couple more twists to come. Lucinda Riley, you were doing just fine until you started to embellish too much.
The story had promise. I loved the fable told at the beginning of the novel and how it played out throughout the story. Whi ...more
This is what Kit told Julia when they were at Wharton Park looking at the stars and everything seemed to be perfect for them. Of course, Julia was still grieving for her son and husband, but Kit was helping her.
Then she found out that Xavier had done something terrible, and it sent her reeling causing her to wonder if she and Kit could ever make it together. Then a tru ...more
The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley (Simon and Schuster; 464 pages; $15).
Over the past few years, the book world has witnessed a rising trend in which a present-day protagonist, grappling with her own problems, stumbles upon an intriguing past mystery. Only when she solves the puzzle can she then tackle what is wrong in her own life. Curiously, many of said novels have ties to World War II. Recent notable books in this genre are T ...more
Standing in the bookstore, scanning the shelves for something to inspire me, I finally gave up, and asked the salesperson for something similar that Id read, when my eyes noticed the cover of "The Orchid House", and the excerpt that they gave away for free. I started reading, an ...more
Das Buch lebt vor allem von seinen authentischen, glaubwürdigen Protagonistinnen. Das Buch spielt auf zwei Zeitebenen: in der Gegenwart ist da zum einen die junge Starpianistin Julia, die nach ...more
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 esta ...more
What I enjoyed:
The settings, alternating from an aristocratic English estate to exotic Thailand, to France
The time periods of World War II and modern day
The novel's opening chapters established a fairy tale-ish quality with an old Siamese fable followed by haunting chapters on Julia's grief over losing her husband and son.
Had Riley sustained the tone(s) ...more
I was soon disappointed. It was very cliched and very predictable, not one surprise to be had!
There were moments in book that were supposed to be tragic, but the way the author transcribes the various dialects in the book were comical and I found myself laughing instead of crying.
When I was close to the end, (and I was reading it on a Kindle, so couldn’t be sure when I was on the very last page), there were two occasions when I t ...more
This story is filled with lots of secrets from the past,it is heartbreaking and emotional and I was very surprised by secrets that were revealed at the end.The historical fiction sections were completely fascinating, not that the modern ones were not. I recommend it
There was a shocking twist towards the end of the book that I did not see coming, which I love.
I really like her style of writing and the way a story from ...more
However, did it not bother anyone else that this half Thai child was passed off as the natural child of two people of English descent without raising any questions? You're trying to tell me that even ...more
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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and during her childhood travelled extensively abroad, particularly to the Far East to visit her father.
Moving to London she became an actress working in film, theatre and television. Five years ago she designed and built a house on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand, where her father had purchased land many years before. Her passion for histo ...more