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    Description

    A heart-rending novel that sweeps from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again.... 

    As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park. 

    Julia is taken back to the 1940s, when the fortunes of young couple Olivia and Harry Crawford will have terrible consequences on generations to come. For as war breaks out, Olivia and Harry are cruelly separated.

    ©2010 Lucinda Riley (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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    Another moving story of Lucinda Riley

    This story visits all the emotions of the human heart. Beautiful!😍
    I did not like the voices of the narrator. It almost kept me from continuing to listen 😟

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    • alison
    • 17/02/2015

    A long, slow joirney..

    Would you listen to Hothouse Flower again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book, but would probably not listen to it again. There were too many stories within stories, which made it feel a little dragged out in places.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This could possibley have been done over two books, or maybe settle for less is more in terms of storyline twists.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Beth Chalmers?

    Not sure that I particularly liked the narration style.

    Who was the most memorable character of Hothouse Flower and why?

    Julia was the stand out character, with the others revolving around her in some way.

    Any additional comments?

    A long haul for an audio book, but overall nice story.

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    • Cindy
    • 24/03/2015

    what a lovely story

    I followed the story easily and learned to love the characters. just splendid. go on and purchase.

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    • Lucy
    • 18/05/2015

    Very Happy Surprise!

    Would you consider the audio edition of Hothouse Flower to be better than the print version?

    After reading several negative reviews, although I love Lucinda's stories, I had decided against getting this book. However, since Audible has such a wonderful return policy, I changed my mind and took a chance & purchased this book. I am so very happy I did. I LOVED this book. I wasn't crazy w/Beth Chalmers reading initially, but grew to really appreciate her range and accents. So take a chance, I don't think you will be disappointed.

    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the different stories that were interwoven. And also the beautiful description of Thailand.

    Have you listened to any of Beth Chalmers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, see above.

    If you could take any character from Hothouse Flower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Billy

    Any additional comments?

    I need a new author...I have exhausted all of Lucinda's Audible books. I would love to see this book made into a movie.

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    • Vonda
    • 27/04/2020

    awesome read

    This was hard to put down I could not wait to get back to it. Like most of her books it starts slow but I know if I persever it will pay off and this one does not disappoint.

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    • Karen
    • 09/09/2015

    Excellent book!

    I enjoyed the story and all the twists and turns. I think she is an excellent author that can tell a very detailed and captivating story.

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    • alison
    • 04/03/2013

    Life's Too Short

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had high hopes for the book--so many of my favourite themes were promised; few, however, were delivered. The book's greatest lack was forward momentum. Lagging behind that was succinctness.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Lucinda Riley again?

    Her style is not to my liking, so no.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Beth Chalmers’s performances?

    Beth Chalmers has a talent for bringing characters to life. Her skill at regional accents and her dramatisation made it easy to picture the people. Unfortunately, some of her characters were grating. The sister of the protagonist, in particular, set my teeth on edge. I turned down the volume whenever her particular character was talking.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Time and time again, the motives behind even simple actions were stated and explained, giving the impression the author had little respect for her readers' intelligence. When I found myself involuntarily rolling my eyes and groaning aloud, I realised it was time to call it quits. On the positive side, I came away with a deeper appreciation of what critics and writing coaches mean when they use the descriptor "overwritten."

    Any additional comments?

    I had to give up on this one after several hours of listening, and it came down to a simple matter of trust. I lost all faith in the author's ability to get to the point.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 10/07/2021

    Another wonderful story from Lucinda Riley

    This story once again takes us round the world and back again through time and shared memories to a very satisfying conclusion 😃

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    • Chrissie R.
    • 07/09/2020

    Good story

    I have enjoyed all of Lucinda Riley’s books and eagerly await the next one! I do have to say that the attitude about adopted children sometimes not being considered “real” relatives bothered me, though.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 29/08/2020

    Finished it so quickly!

    the story was flowing so quickly I hardly noticed the time go by could not stop listening. the plot was quite expected but the writing was so vivid, sometimes sad sometimes funny it was still very enjoyable

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    • Tammy
    • 25/03/2020

    Lovely story

    Loved it. Heart warming. Reminds one of the true values of family love and happiness

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    • TJ
    • 20/01/2016

    Stunning yet again

    Is there anything to dislike?
    I mean what a story!
    Anyone enjoying a good share of drama, love, passion and human depth is well cared for here - yet again. Thank you Lucinda!

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    • Carol Elizabeth Unger
    • 19/07/2019

    An exciting and pleasant experience

    Beth Chalmers did a lovely job of bringing Lucinda Riley‘s story to life. I very much enjoyed the journey back and forth in time and location!

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    • David Evans
    • 15/06/2018

    Eine großartige Geschichte

    Ich habe dieses Hörbuch , wie viele andere von riley , sehr genossen. Es war fesselnd. Allerdings war an einigen Stellen die Geschichte nicht wirklich realistisch.

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    • Adelgunde K.
    • 22/04/2017

    Thailand's Geschichte im 2. Weltkrieg

    Das Hörbuch war am Anfang etwas behäbig, nahm aber mit der Zeit Fahrt auf. Natürlich endete die Geschichte, wie immer bei Lucinda Riley, zuckersüss....😉Aber zum Entspannen war sie o.k. und am Ende etwas spannend.