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The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
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Apr 29, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Originally published in Europe as "Hothouse Flower" and subsequently distributed in America as "The Orchid House", this book transports one from 1930's England to Bangkok to the present day French Riviera, Paris and back to England. It's a bit of "Upstatirs, Downstairs" with all the characters one might encounter. The book's descriptive language paints a grand story transcending 65 years. It opens with concert pianist, Julia, coping with the loss of her child and husband through a tragic accident. She seeks her solitude in northern England not far from the Wharton Park estate where her grandparents had served Lord and Lady Crawford, just as their parents before them had done. The estate is to be sold for lack of restorative funds which brings up some deep emotions among the folks whose lives had been connected to the estate at one point or another. There are many long buried secrets that begin to unravel through the dicovery of hidden diary on the estate. As the secrets unravel and take the reader through many twists and turns, there is no putting the book down. Definitely an engaging and well-researched book.

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