The Orchid House takes place in modern day and the WWII era. I loved that Wharton Park was the center of all of the drama, love and heartbreak, which made it seem like a character, as well. Julia’s journey through grief and unimaginable pain is paralleled by the story that she learns from her Grandmother about the former mistress of the big house. I was just as interested in the modern day characters as I was in the 1940s inhabitants of Wharton Hall, which doesn’t always happen in books that tell stories in flashbacks. It was very well done and I became invested in everyone and couldn’t wait to see how each person’s story ended.
The one aspect of the story that I just couldn’t wrap my head around was the plot twist at the end. I’m going to remain vague because I don’t want to spoil it, but it just seemed like an odd direction for the story to travel. In fact, without this weird twist, I would have given the book 4 stars. Despite that, I thought that the story was engaging and very emotional in parts. It had a very Downton Abbey/Jewel In The Crown feel to it, which I loved.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
This book has also been published under the name Hothouse Flower.
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