The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley

The Orchid House

By Lucinda Riley

  • Release Date: 2012-02-14
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 239 Ratings
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Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title Hothouse Flower.

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.


  • Beautiful read

    By BerryBronte
    This is a beautiful read, a well rounded, profoundly written novel of the resilience of the human spirit and the universal language of love and its power to span decades. My sister-in-law recommended this book to me while she was on her second read. I'm so glad she did. I fell in love with the main characters and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • The Orchid House

    By Tacoma mom
    This is one of the best books I have read lately. The ending brought tears to my eyes. (In a good way!). I hated to see it end.
  • Made me lose track of time

    By Mac-Chick
    Great historical fiction! This is a book of twists and turns and mysteries within mysteries. I love the coming together of the stories from the past, merging with the present. The characters grow on you, especially Julia, who in the beginning of the book was not the most likable character. And at the end of the day, whether you liked or disliked a character, you nevertheless felt a connection with them - there sadness, pain and joy. There is a lot of love in this book: love between man and wife (or lack thereof) and embracing friendships.
  • Great Read

    By Peachypitbull
    This was a very good read. There was a lot of twist and turns. It has two story-lines that come together very nicely. I couldn't put this down, as I kept wanting to know what happened. I read this on vacation and was very happy this was the book I chose.
  • The Orchid house

    By byusupply
    I really enjoyed this book. Life is full of twist and turns as well as the unexpected. I'm thinking of writing a book about the Pan Am crash that took place at the then called Moisant Airport. Louie Armstrong Airport just out side of New Orleans. I was one of 6 survivors when that Boeing Jet Liner slammed into our home with us in it!
  • Engaging

    By Nicole1964
    It is an engaging novel. I did not like Julia's character and that was the downside of the story.
  • The Orchid House

    By Lucinda Riley
    I loved this book!! I didn't find it predictable and it took me to far away places filled with history and such depth in the characters. I didn't want it to end and knew I would read her other books and enjoy them as well.. I recommend this author!!
  • Great read!

    By speed reader 71
    Very interesting story with great suspense and intrigue. If you like Downton Abbey, then this is just the book for you!
  • One good character doesn't make a Noel

    By Mattie Blanchard
    The female lead starts off as an interesting modern woman. Then the plot becomes inane. Coincidences and hidden identities, last minute revelations and windfalls add up to a story that is beyond merely unbelievable.
  • Good read

    By Superstarplayer432
    I liked the book. It was a good read. Somewhat predictable.