The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
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From beloved New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, a “sweeping, poignant saga that will enthrall fans of The House at Riverton, Rebecca, and Downton Abbey” (Shelf Awareness).

Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from the Wharton Park estate in England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist and the aristocratic Crawford family, whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences.

As a child, concert pianist Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park, the grand estate reminiscent of Downton Abbey where her grandfather tended exotic orchids. Years later, while struggling with overwhelming grief over the death of her husband and young child, she returns to this tranquil place. 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 the estate. Their search takes them back to the 1940s when Harry, a former heir to Wharton Park, married his young society bride, Olivia, on the eve of World War II. When the two lovers are cruelly separated, the impact will be felt for generations to come.

This atmospheric story alternates between the magical world of Wharton Park and Thailand during World War II. Filled with twists and turns, passions and lies, and ultimately redemption, The Orchid House is a beautiful, romantic, and poignant novel.
 

About Lucinda Riley

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Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House, The Girl on the Cliff, and The Lavender Garden. Born in Ireland, she now lives in the English countryside and in France with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Atria Books. 468 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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An English country house connects the romantic destinies of several generations in a pleasantly undemanding double-decker debut.

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While revisiting Wharton Park, the estate where her grandfather had worked as a gardener, she reconnects with the estate's heir, Kit Crawford, who is planning to sell the grand old house and grounds to pay off debts.

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Julia Forrester, a renowned concert pianist, returns from the south of France to a coastal village in Norfolk, and her ancestral home in the quadrangle of a nearby estate, Wharton Park.

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... From Goodreads: As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park, the great house where her grandfather ...

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... Every so often a book comes along that is so lyrically and beautifully written, that it changes you a bit. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley is ...

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