Orchid House

Orchid House

Love in a foreign land. A decaying hacienda full of secrets. And a woman searching for the story of her life.

A funeral and some family business--that's what Julia Bentley expects when she travels to the Philippines to bury her grandfather. She hopes for a brief adventure, a distraction from her most recent failed relationship and her loose-ends California life. Maybe even a chance to meet some distant relatives she's never known.

Instead, she discovers a place where past and present, Spanish and Asian, primitive and civilized mingle in a melange as spicy and colorful as the paella her relatives dish up for special occasions. A place where some children hitch rides on cattle and others wield loaded guns. Where guerillas lurk in the jungle, and volcanoes and governments are threatened to blow. Where stories haunt her ancestral home--the grand but decaying Hacienda Esperanza, Plantation of Hope--and danger lurks behind every tree. Love and orchids bloom in places she never thought to look.

How can a land so foreign, and so troubled, fill her with a strange peace? And would staying mean risking her life . . . or finding it at last?

Title:Orchid House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781595541512
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    Orchid House Reviews

  • Dee

    This was a fantastic book. The plot was a good skeleton of the story. Learning about the culture and history of the Philippines was extremely enlightening. I worked with a couple of nurses who were fr...

  • Ann Miller

    Cindy Martinusin Coloma crafts a seven-course meal that is beautiful to the eye and satisfying to the spirit. Rich, almost lyrical, prose transport the reader to a foreign land and culture. A joy to r...

  • Rachel

    this is a beautiful story that unfolds with every petal of God's journey for her, this is a beautifully woven story and it is on my top list of books people should read! a collaboration of culture, lo...

  • Monica Dimick

    Great story and description of what life is like in another country. Very eye opening about what life is like outside the comfort of the United States....

  • Salsadancer

    San Francisco girl whose grandfather from the Philippines dies goes there to bury him and falls in love with the place and a marries a man there. It was a sweet enough story, although plausible, but j...

  • Cace

    I had hoped for better, but reading about the history and culture in the Philippines was interesting....

  • Laurel Deloria

    A Christy Award finalist. Interesting read about one side of the Philipines presidental and political struggles through the owner of a large estate. Predictable, but an easy read, moves along, some go...

  • Lexie Stoneking

    I want to clarify from the beginning that I don't think this book was bad or poorly written. It simply wasn't a book for me. It was really hard for me to stay focused and excited about reading this no...

  • Julian Tan

    A pleasant tale, that transports you to a land rich in cultural nuances, folklore and entertaining family stories. Being married to a Filipino, I appreciated the setting greatly, and the author writes...

  • Sharon

    I loved this book because of my family dynamics. Two of my adult children are from the Philippines. I had a wonderful time discussing the culture and environment described in the book and learning new...