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Hothouse Flower by [Riley, Lucinda]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 300 customer reviews

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About the Author

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3745 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CRSJ1E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 300 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm not normally a big fan of "sweeping family saga" type books, but this was given to me by a trusted book-buddy, so I decided to give it a go - and I have to admit I was totally hooked! To use the old cliché, I literally could not put it down. There's actually more to it than meets the eye. First and foremost, it's a gripping, dramatic, multi-layered storyline that whisks you along, complemented by interesting, believable characters that you really care about. I loved the juxtaposition of the blossoming contemporary romance between Julia and Kit and the love stories/family secrets from the past that are tantalisingly pieced together as the novel unfolds. Without wanting to give too much away, expect some surprising twists! It's beautifully written and conveys a wonderful "sense of place", moving effortlessly between contemporary/wartime England through France and Thailand and back again. The different historical and cultural settings for the various parts of the book are seamlessly interwoven, everything has an authentic ring that lets you lose yourself in these seemingly disparate worlds. I also empathised with the moral dilemmas and divided loyalties that various characters face throughout the book - the conflicting demands of family responsibilities versus personal desires, duty versus free will, are timeless themes that strike a chord with every generation, and are explored here as an integral part of the story. This is top-notch contemporary/historical romantic fiction at its best. Enjoy!
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I pinched this off my girlfriend on holiday last week, having run out of reading matter, so I should start by confessing that it's not the kind of book that I'd normally choose (more of a Frederick Forsyth kinda guy!) and I'm not about to become an avid fan of traditional romantic fiction overnight... hence only three stars. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it despite myself. Personally, I found the writing style fluid and easy, the story races along smartly and the historic settings and locations I thought were evoked extremely well and with considerable flair. Let's face it, this book is not designed for those looking for a Nobel-winning masterpiece with a deep meaning in every sentence. There's actually a certain charm in its innocence and straightforwardness - it's not trying to be "clever", there are no gimmicks, no murders, no gratuitous sex and no shopping! It is simply a great old-fashioned story about love, and the sacrifices we make for it. In short an excellent piece of escapism, if you're prepared to lose yourself in the story and not get too hot under the collar that the style isn't on a par with Proust. If you normally like this sort of novel (my girlfriend devours them and really loved this) I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Not as good as some of her other books. It was a bit slow until three quarters of the way through it and then the end was a bit predictable and, well a touch nauseating to be frank.
There are problems with the writing style too. Firstly people do not use terms of endearment such as 'my love' or 'my dear' at the end of almost every sentence as appears in the text. Usually only once or twice in a whole conversation in my opinion.
Also it could be argued that the author doesn't have much experience of older people. An 87 year old is hardly likely to have a job hairdressing at the local old people's home at that age. Especially as the said 87year old couldn't have a decent length conversation without becoming tired and needing a nap! Perhaps that might seem a bit picky, but it all contributes to the enjoyment of the book.
On the plus side it was cleverly constructed and flowed nicely. Just wish it had been a bit more of a page-turner.
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If you're looking for a happy ever after and a story where everything falls into place like it only can in fiction, then you'll enjoy this.
The story is good, linking history with the present and demonstrating how past decisions can have so much impact on future lives. However, 99% of the plot was obvious, and the writing was what I would call basic.

It was an easy read, and a nice little love story, but certainly not an epic tale.
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I normally love historical novels and family sagas, but this was quite disappointing. The parts based in the 1940s were enjoyable, but any parts based in the modern times were just boring, predictable and simply bland. The writing was basic and the excessive use of the word "darling" or "cherie" during dialogues just annoyed me. Do couples really talk like that to each other, either in English or French? And do French people living in Norfolk feel the need to finish all their sentence with a French rhetorical question to demonstrate their origins? I doubt it.
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This is a well researched novel which gives an informative and well described historical background. The storyline has such a lot of heartbreak in it that it was very moving yet there is a lot of joy in there as well. I love the span of the story and the way that tragedy is overcome. It keeps you reading and keeps to the point of the story. This novel does not make the mistake of including pages of minutiae describing how someone brushes their teeth or remove a tin of beans from a cupboard which is just padding to bump up the content. There is too much of that these days but Hothouse Flower is packed full of story. A good long read!
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