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For fans of The House at Riverton and Rebecca a debut spanning from the 1930s to the present day from a magnificent estate in war torn England to Thailand this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist Julia and the prominent Crawford family whose shocking secrets are revealed leading to devastating conseuences for generations to come As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park the great house where her grandfather tende. I ve read a lot of contemporary chick lit in my day I only wished I had saved myself the time and money and had just gone straight to reading The Orchid House instead since the author kindly read all those books for me and then conveniently condensed every single modern woman literature trope into one book Elin Hildebrand Audrey Niffenegger Kristin Hannah Nah Save yourself hundreds of books and hundreds of dollars you will find them all condensed hereLet s see off the top of my head ZEE TROPES1 Modern day famous pianist barely subsisting and starving her way through recovery from a hinted at horrible tragedy which isn t actually told until 14 of the way through the book after I had ripped about half the hair off my head in frustration2 Burgeoning romantic relationship with modern day rake with a heart who also happens to be an aristocrat with a beautiful ancestral home3 Well meaning older sister the hustle and bustle perfect family type with 25 kids a house with a picket fence and a gruff and friendly husband4 Re acuaintance with old family Oh grandma Totally forgot she existed but now that she s here time for old family secrets to be revealed She knows everything and I mean EVERYTHING Details of her lady s bedroom secrets Spilled5 Ambiguously gay husband6 Man recovers from illness in Thailand falls in TWOO WUV with 17 year old Thai girl Bonks her swears up and down he ll leave his wife for her Does he Dun dun duuuuuuun7 Secret adoptions8 Secret loves9 Secret adoptions 2 is better than 110 A Frenchman who is so over the top this is how I imagined himAnd that s just off the top of my head I think I had fun keeping track of the tropes than reading the book itself It took me a month to read this getting through pages at a time It was just that unabsorbing If you must read this book read it for the amusement value there is little else to be had here

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Hothouse Flower

Ung society bride on the eve of World War II When the two lovers are cruelly separated the impact will be felt on generations to comeLucinda 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. I would have rated this book 35 stars if half stars were allowed on Goodreads There is truth about the old adage less is 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 twists to come Lucinda Riley you were doing just fine until you started to embellish too muchThe story had promise I loved the fable told at the beginning of the novel and how it played out throughout the story While I enjoyed the story I would have enjoyed it if the twists and turns were pared down in favour of better character development

Lucinda Riley × 6 read

D exotic orchids Years later while struggling with overwhelming grief over the death of her husband and young child she returns to the tranuility 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 yo. Book was displayed in a bookstore as for fans of Downton Abbey I ve never watched the show but everyone has told me I ll love it 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 betterCharacters just never come alive and are hard to care about or believe in Their speech is clumsy and unrealisticAction is described thoroughly and clearly but not elegantly or with any spark of livelinessLanguage is trite I literally threw the book down when one character decided she could not allow herself to love again and as though the author doesn t trust that the dialogue between characters conveys the proper ideas each exchange is followed by a few lines redundantly summarizing what everyone meant and feltPlot twists range from predictable to absolutely ridiculous One in particular toward the end was just totally absurd negating whatever redeeming ualities the novel had maintained up to that pointNot recommended


10 thoughts on “Hothouse Flower

  1. says:

    This was so much crap Bullshit at its best to be precise Seriously I expected so much from this book like a great family saga with some romance and some interesting plot And in the end I didn't get anything but crapI mean the prologue

  2. says:

    This novel is so bad it is a shame to the written word I cannot believe I read through 577 pages of clichées stick figures stupid plot and uninteresting intrigue I should have left it at page 80 with Oh Julia I'll never forget until my dying day the moment I walked into that Magnolia bedroom and saw her for the first time That sho

  3. says:

    I've read a lot of contemporary chick lit in my day I only wished I had saved myself the time and money and had just gone straight to reading The Orchid House instead since the author kindly read all those books for me an

  4. says:

    On the whole I really liked this book I uestioned a couple things I'll get into that but as a whole I really liked this historical fiction book Julia has just suffered a great loss in her life and has gone back to see her grandmother who begin

  5. says:

    Lucinda Riley's endings are disgustingly cheesy with everything being than a little too perfect Especially her characters H

  6. says:

    Book was displayed in a bookstore as for fans of Downton Abbey I've never watched the show but everyone has told me I'll love it In this case

  7. says:

    It is worth noting that Hothouse Flower was republished in 2012 with the title of The Orchid House just so that any confu

  8. says:

    I would have rated this book 35 stars if half stars were allowed on Goodreads There is truth about the old adage less is I was happily readin

  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book It has all the elements of a fantastic novel—history family secrets nobility plot twists Sadly the writing ruined it The story is overwritten and the dialogue is just dreadful 

  10. says:

    I love these lines from the book We are sharing a moment in time Like the universe there is no beginning or end