Hothouse Flower

Hothouse Flower

Large Print - 2013
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Recovering from a family tragedy, concert pianist Julia Forrester seeks comfort at Wharton Park, newly inherited by Kit Crawford, a charismatic man with a sad story of his own. But when a years-old diary is found during renovation work, the pair turn to Julia's grandmother to hear the truth about the love affair that turned Wharton Park's fortunes sour... And so Julia is plunged back in time, to the world of Olivia and Harry Crawford, a young couple torn apart by the Second World War, whose fragile marriage is destined to affect the happiness of generations to come.
Publisher: 2011. ,
Bath, England : 2013. Windsor/Paragon,
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781471339844
Branch Call Number: LT RILE

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patricia1927_0
Oct 22, 2016

this is a 10

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Liselara
Feb 04, 2016

The first novel I read by Lucinda Riley was The Midnight Rose which I loved so when The Orchid House became available I couldn't wait to sit down for a good historical, romantic novel. In this case, I was very disappointed because the people I wanted to learn about were not those characters' stories. Julia_Sedai wrote about The Midnight Rose that "she didn't like any of the male characters" and I totally agree with her. It is the same thing here; most of her characters are men who act like 5 year olds (very little substance in any of them). There is one story line/plot which is not credible towards the end. Read it for sure but it's not one of her best. ***Note: The Hot House Flower is the exact same book as The Orchid House.***

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Nenner
Aug 26, 2013

Based on the book's opening, I thought I was going to be hooked, and to be honest, I was. I found the story to be slightly depressing though due to the love story that is eventually broken due to adultery. This I felt was completely unnecessary and when it ended, I was glad...and I am the kind of person that cannot stop a book right in the middle. The entire time I was expecting it to get better, and it never did.

ehbooklover Sep 07, 2012

A gothic novel that is part family saga, part mystery, and part love story. I enjoyed the historical setting but found the dialogue to be lacking and some of the plot twists to be a tad contrived. Still, once I got about halfway through I found it hard to put down.

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Sisbot
Sep 05, 2011

Richard & Judy who are two show hosts from the UK recommended this book via their talk show book club. I loved it. It has twists and turns and the ending is the definition of "irony" Recommend.

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