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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Esther Juon Veitch on 10-09-2016

A stunning book

Beautifully written and it has taken me to England France and Thailand. I will listen to it again right now...such a moving story!
Wonderful thank you!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By carol on 07-08-2017

Most enjoyable

A complicated but intriguing story line. The descriptions of scenery and the Thai culture are accurate and the characters believable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on 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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By alison on 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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 26-02-2012

Such variety - real escapism

Really enjoyed this audio. So many different stories in one, without the usual confusion if you get a bit distracted when listening. A heart warming love story, but also one of class and culture. Would highly recomment this and will probably listen again. Excellent audio recording and story.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Coco the Coo on 27-05-2013

Exuberant and unsubtle

Were the characters in this book so cliched that they verged on the surreal, or is it just that Beth Chalmers voice is really hard to listen to? There is no doubt that Beth hams up posh people's voices till they sound so savagely clipped and cold that it's hard to connect to the characters; and she hams up the romance so much that her women sound tooth clenchingly saccharine and slightly freakish....But surely it wouldn't have been so painful if she'd had less irritating dialogue to convey?

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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