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

  • Title: Orchid House
  • Author: Cindy McCormick Martinusen
  • ISBN: 9781595541512
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 evenLove 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

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    1. 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 from the Philippines and they were smart, attractive and great to work with. The tragedy of the history during and after WWII was good to learn. My dad was in the Philippines for a short time during that war. During the time period after Marcos exile Julia leaves San Francisco for the Philippines to b [...]

    2. 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 read.

    3. 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, love, &historyd ultimately God's purpose/path for herdon't judge a book by its cover;)♥

    4. 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.

    5. 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 just wasn't interesting to me.

    6. 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 good descriptive areas of idealized family life. synopsis: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 [...]

    7. 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 novel, which is why it took me significantly longer to read than most books normally do. I like the premise of the book; the idea that a family history extends infinitely between ancestors and future family. I have always been one who has firm roots in family and I could really connect with Julia.One [...]

    8. 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 with a genuine sense of authenticity that flows through the story.Plot-wise, the transformation of the protagonist as she overcomes hurdles is heartwarming, as is the relationships and the connections that develop between the characters. The only criticism is that I felt that the book attempts to b [...]

    9. As a Filipino, I was naturally drawn to the cultural aspects of the book. Knowing beforehand its connection with the Philippines, I force myself to read it as if I am not Filipino because I was curious to see how the author connects with the western mindset. I was impressed with her ability to share cultural elements about the Philippines and its people. No doubt, her research was extensive. As a Filipino, I enjoyed her story about a lady's journey to the Philippines to bury her grandfather main [...]

    10. 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 Tagalog words. The character of Emman was an eerie reminder of what the life of my kids was like when they were young. The story itself was not as engaging as I had hoped. I felt the climax of the story came and went so fast that I almost missed it. For a first novel I thought,it was well researche [...]

    11. Orchid House was not a disappointment at all. I was looking forward to reading a book by Cindy Martinusen, devoured this one and ordered more. The setting of this story is in the Philipines, which was foreign to me, but told in such detail that I felt comfortable there, and grew quite fond of the filipino characters. The main character inherited a hacienda and with it came a large variety of relatives she didn't know she had. She learns to love this home and this new country. I highly recommend [...]

    12. Not my usual kind of book. There was a lot of history of the Philippines. The struggle of a woman to understand the long standing traditions of her Philippine history and reconcile it with her success of her career . Good read, learned a lot. Probably won't read another book of hers- it's just not what I enjoy to read.

    13. I enjoyed this book. It was a clean read with no swearing and only a little violence. It followed the lives of 3 people and was written in short sections that made it easy to read for 10 minutes and not for hours because there were convenient stopping points. It was predictable, though still captivating.

    14. This novel is set in the Philippines. It has a lot of referencing to the political history of the country and I felt like I learned a great deal about the turmoil there. The story has many interesting, albeit perhaps over-simplified, characters. It also has some Christian themes woven throughout including the theme of 'redemption.' I enjoyed it.

    15. I took an entire course on Caribbean literature and found this gem. Its a really wonderful book that lets you peak into the world of island living and all the mysterious and magical things waiting there.

    16. I enjoyed learning more about the Philippines and some of the social and economic systems identified in the book. The storyline was mainly simple girl travels to new country and finds herself and the man of her dreams.

    17. Julia escorts her grandfather's body to the Phillipines, to be buried at the family hacienda. She expects to return to San Francisco soon after the funeral. But Hacienda Esperanza and the people there have other ideas for her.

    18. This book was slow to get going but once I was at about 150 pages I was in love with the characters and the places and really cared what happened to them all. A delightful read.

    19. Very good story-i have never read about the Philippines-i don't know how accurate the sorry is in its description but it was enjoyable to read and get involved in the great characters!

    20. I liked getting a peak into a different country and what it would be like to live/visit. Found the facts about the war and post war interesting.

    21. This book is full of lush, beautiful descriptions and old stories. However I feel that the ending was hurried & didn't really bring things full circle, a bit disappointing.

    22. This one was just okay for me. While the narratives about the Philippines are wonderful, I felt the characters were never fully developed. There were too many story lines and not enough details.

    23. Good book although a bit slow moving in parts. Worthwhile to read to the end for the love story that warms your heart.

    24. The story isn't amazing, but this book does a really good job of describing an American expat's experience of moving to Metro Manila.

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