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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.
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.
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.