Orchid House  -     By: Cindy Martinusen
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Orchid House

Thomas Nelson / 2008 / Paperback

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Julia Morrison's inherited plantation in the Philippines requires that she leave her fast-paced American life, if only for a while. With proceeds of the sale, Julia means to create the new life she desperately wants. But as she spends time in the hacienda of her ancestors, she experiences the beauty of the land and the deep love of people who share in the upkeep and heritage of this enchanting house.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595541519
ISBN-13: 9781595541512
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Publisher's Description

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?

Publisher's Weekly

Julia Morrison is still grieving the death of her grandfather when she finds out she’s the “family representative” for Hacienda Esperanza, the estate he left behind in the Philippines when he went into exile. On arriving there from San Francisco, Julia finds a mansion replete with kin who tell her legends of her Spanish ancestors, while her grandfather’s cryptic notes lead her to seek out an orchid, discovered by an aunt several generations ago, that purportedly can work miracles. Over the course of settling her grandfather’s affairs, Julia finds out she can’t own the Hacienda outright, but the more she sees of the country and of her handsome young lawyer, the more she contemplates staying on. Julia’s naïveté and attachment to the estate at times prove overly sweet, but her wide-eyed perspective is tempered by depictions of the life of those outside the gates: Emman, a boy growing up outside the mansion who takes it upon himself to protect the American woman, and Manalo, a Communist freedom fighter hoping to place control of the mansion in Filipino hands. The latest swirling romance from Martinusen (Eventide) draws tension from the setting, which includes a smoky threat from a nearby volcano, and from a nicely turned plot. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2010
    One word can sum up this book...BORING. As you turn each page you end up mentally begging the author to get to the point. Any excitement at all is few and far between. I will be selling my copy to a used book store. It's not worth the space it takes up on my shelf.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2008
    This book was unpredictable and well written. Our group thoroughly enjoyed it. Once you get into the book it is hard to put down. We are looking forward to the next book.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 31, 2008
    Mrs, H
    I was very disappointed in the book. I have read all of Cindy's books. I don't know what has happened to this author, but it was not up to her other books in my opinion. It has her characters drinking, promoting alcohol. Alcohol destroys people's lives and the Bible is against it. This is suppose to be reading for the Christian and there is nothing Christian about drinking. Also it is very worldly about T.V. and sexual inuendos. Very disappointing and I hope this is not what her future books will be about. I threw the book away, I would never suggest a friend to read it.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2008
    Rel Mollet
    Hoping for a break from the disappointments in her life in California, Julia Bentley accompanies her grandfather's body to the Philippines for his burial beside his beloved Filipino wife.Emman of the village Barangay Mahinahon, is a boy with a man's responsibilities. Trained as a fighter, Emman can't wait for the American granddaughter of the famous Captain Morrison to return and fulfil his role as her protector and defender.Not everyone is happy with Julia's return and the hope it engenders in the people of Hacienda Esperanza, her ancestral home. Manolo, the infamous leader of the Red Bolo communist guerrillas, knows he must deter Julia from staying, any way he can.Cindy Martinusen reveals the exotic beauty, generous hospitality and heartbreaking history of the Philippines in this stunning tale that enthralled me from start to finish.Orchid House weaves the lessons of the past into hope for the future as Julia learns the history of her grandparents and discovers the mystique of the ageing home that is her inheritance and a haven for her Filipino family and community. Cindy skilfully tells the story through the eyes of Julia, Emman and Manolo, providing astonishing depth to each event and creating great compassion in the reader for each character and their circumstances. Through the pages of Orchid House I was transported to a land of despair and hope, magnificent physical beauty and volcanic destruction, a generous compassionate people and the home of child warriors. Cindy writes with an elegance and insight that captivated my heart and soul as surely as each of her characters did. If you read the acknowledgements, you know there is a bit of the author's own story in this book which only adds to its appeal! Do not miss this gem of a tale about love, sacrifice and above all.... hope.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 4, 2008
    I really enjoyed this book. Not a predictable read; it is entertaining and involving. It makes me want to take a trip to the Phillipines. This book is well worth your time to read.
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