Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Downton Abbey: The Garden

Downton Abbey
The Garden

Outside of Downton Abbey we spy Lady Edith reading in the folly. She is a fellow avid book reader and has been spotted in a few episodes with a book in her hand.

I wonder if she would be interested reading something like this...

The Orchid House
by Lucinda Riley

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.

How about you?

Would you be interested in reading this?

--~ Book Giveaway ~--

WIN my review copy of this book!
please note: the spine is cracked, but still in good reading condition

Open to all.

Offer ends: August 4, 2013


Send me the link to picture of an orchid.

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* image source: garden scene

* image sources for typewriters are in comments

~~- TEA at Downton Abbey schedule -~~


  1. http://www.hdwallpapersarena.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Orchid-Wallpaper-by-Donald-Pipowitch1.jpg

  2. http://pinterest.com/pin/24488391696843852/?e_t=93ddaa3070714299ab3af1b90413724a&e_t_s=pin-text&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_pin_user

    This was a beautiful orchid I found on pinterest. I don't know whether I did it correctly but I do have the image with me to send if you need it!

  3. Orchids are very beautiful.



  4. http://www.fabiovisentin.com/photography/photo/17/beautiful-orchid-00916.jpg

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  5. Lucinda Riley is a gifted storyteller and I love her books. The Orchid House has been on my TBR List since it came out~ it sounds like a beautiful story and I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy~ Cheers~ Elizabeth MacGregor


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  7. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/Orchids_003.jpg/1024px-Orchids_003.jpg



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