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The Orchid House: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

You must read this!

There just isn't anything bad I could say about 'The Orchid House'. As a reader, I was sent on a wonderful journey of discovery with dark secrets and many twists. I don't want to give any of the story away, however, I will say that the main setting is Wharton Park, a la...
There just isn't anything bad I could say about 'The Orchid House'. As a reader, I was sent on a wonderful journey of discovery with dark secrets and many twists. I don't want to give any of the story away, however, I will say that the main setting is Wharton Park, a large estate which has been in the family for centuries. In the present, the estate has been left to Kit Crawford but unfortunately has to sell it as the expense is too high to keep it. In the past, Wharton Park is at the centre of Harry and Olivia's relationship, pulled through the 2nd World War and and its future is changed for ever. This is a story of love, hope and what the war did to Wharton Park and its residents. It resembles Downton Abbey which is probably why I loved it so much. You must read this!!

posted by Lily-loo on February 14, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Lacked believable interesting characters

Characters were not interesting and seemed unnatural in there reactions. Some gushy dialog just did not ring true. Glsd to be finished with story.

posted by 622650 on April 24, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    A must read

    Don't let the sample confuse or put you off. This is a really good story, though a bit rushed in parts toward the end. A good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    The story is intriguing. However, I found myself scanning throu

    The story is intriguing. However, I found myself scanning through the uninspired and often sophomoric writing to see what happened in the end.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    It wasn't a bad book, but I had one of the major twists figured

    It wasn't a bad book, but I had one of the major twists figured out less than halfway through and I thought a 2nd twist was completely unnecessary. All in all, not a bad book, but not a great one either.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Good Summer read

    Was on vacation and the book was predictable but great for vacation

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    On the whole, I really liked this book. I questioned a couple th

    On the whole, I really liked this book. I questioned 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 begins telling her stories of the people who once lived in a great house where Julia's grandmother worked. As with many of these stories that take place in two time periods, I liked the old one a lot better.

    I loved seeing how the mystery of Julia's family came together. The historical part of the book takes place during World War II in both England and Thailand. I liked how the story was told by Julia's grandmother as sort of an omniscient point of view. The part of the story set in Thailand was definitely my favorite. It's a love story between two people who deeply care for each other and holds the secret to Julia's existence.

    Now here's where I had some issues with the book. I had some trouble understanding the motives behind some of the characters. First, Henry, the heir to Wharton House, is sort of horrible. He leads Olivia on and traps her in a loveless marriage and only seems to be looking out for himself. He doesn't seem to understand why what he's doing is wrong and he sort of manipulates Julia's grandfather to get what he wants. Even though I liked the love story between Henry and Lidia, it made it a little hard to fully support their love story as Henry was just generally horrible.

    The other issue that I had was everything that happened with Julia's personal life. I don't want to give anything away so excuse me for being vague. First, it just seemed a crazy that it would happen in the first place. I almost wished that it would have been left out of the book because aside from making Julia really sad, I don't think it added anything to the book.

    I still really liked this book and would definitely recommend it even with these couple of things that I didn't care for.

    Bottom line: This is a great historical fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    A Great Read.

    If you like mystery, romance, and history, you will love this book.

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