Hothouse Flower


ISBN: 9780141049373 Author: Riley, Lucinda Publisher: Penguin, Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 25th November 2010 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:22) Pages: 579 Language: English Edition: Paperback original Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

Wharton Park estate is undergoing renovation under Kit Crawford, and when an old diary is found, Julia Forrester, together with the charismatic Kit, seek out her grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park in the 1940s.

‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ Grazia

From the Number One internationally bestselling author of The Butterfly Room & The Moon Sister comes a romantic and moving page-turner which sweeps from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again . . .


Julia Forrester has many happy memories of a childhood spent at Wharton Park, playing amongst the exotic flowers her grandad cared for.

Now, recovering from a family tragedy, she once more seeks comfort at Wharton Park, newly inherited by the charismatic Kit Crawford, with a sad story of his own.

But when an old diary is found during renovation work, the pair turn to Julia’s grandmother to hear the truth about the love affair that turned Wharton Park’s fortunes sour . . .

And so Julia is plunged back in time, to the world of Olivia and Harry Crawford, a young couple torn apart by the Second World War – and whose fragile marriage is destined to affect the happiness of generations to come, including Julia’s own.

Praise for Lucinda Riley:

‘Thoroughly addictive storytelling with a moving, emotional heart’
Dinah Jeffries

‘Brilliant escapism’ Red

Outside the UK, this book is published under the title The Orchid House

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