The Orchid House Author: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 esta... more »te 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.
Lucinda Riley skillfully sweeps her readers between the magical world of Wharton Park and Thailand during World War II with irresistible and atmospheric storytelling. Filled with twists and turns, passions and lies, and ultimately redemption, The Orchid House is a romantic, poignant novel that became an instant bestseller in the UK and Germany.« less
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The characters are interesting and mostly likeable, though they had many flaws. This novel is about the present day crumbling estate of Wharton Park which has been in the Crawford family for many generations. A dairy is found and you are taken back to the 1930's, where many secrets and lots of suspense about the families are revealed. It was an interesting read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, staying up late to the satisfying end. Despite some bad reviews, I recommend this book.