The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
If you like Downtown Abby, you will love this book. The narrative of the story is set around an estate just like Downtown. Similarly, the building itself is almost a character that has to be loved and will not be ignored. The story twists and turns through two generations of the Crawford family, both love stories whose characters’ lives and choices depend on one another.
I love the mood of this book – the gardens, the home, England, Paris, orchids and music. The themes of love, betrayal and loyalty are ones that we can all relate to. I felt connected to the characters, which for me, is the sign of a good book. I cared about what was going to happen to them and even up until the end I did not know what life they were going to end up with – one they fought for or one they surrendered to.
There were many unexpected twists, which made me love the story even more. The author counted on me going along for the ride and when it seemed like it was getting too upsetting to take, she let up the accelerator and shed light in another area of the story, ultimately bringing it full circle.
This was a book that I did want to put down. There were even a few days during Christmas break where I shooed away the kids so I could finish it. 5 stars. Totally worth the 500 pages and your time if you like this time period and the English countryside.
Want to read what I’m reading next? The Couple Next Door is on my nightstand.