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The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
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Mar 23, 12

Read in March, 2012

THE ORCHID HOUSE
Lucinda Riley
This is a romantic novel, pure and simple. It is well written, the characters are well-developed and interesting, and the plot is strong and plausible. The Orchid House takes place in a manor house in Yorkshire, England, and moves from the present time to the pre-world war II time.
Julia, grieving for the loss of her husband and young son, has come home to a little cottage close to the manor house of Wharton Park, where her grandparents met and worked as a young married couple. When Julia was a child, she would visit her grandfather in the Orchid House, a greenhouse on the manor where her grandfather was a gardener who specialized in orchids. Now, the manor house has been neglected for years, the greenhouses are broken and ruined and the last lord of the manor lives in the house where the gardener lived so many years ago.
The new lord, Kit, is just Julia’s age and they remember meeting in the manor house when they were young. Kit finds an old diary which appears to belong to Julia’s late grandfather and he returns it to her. She takes it to her grandmother, who tells her a dual love story. One is the story of Kit’s grandmother and the man she loved, and the other is her grandmother and grandfather.
Imprinted on the love stories of the past, is the growing affection between Kit and Julia.
The Orchid House is a combination of historical and romantic fiction. For fans of Downton Abbey, this will feel like an extention of that beloved PBS series.


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