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Orchid House

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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?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Redemption is a steady thread throughout the story of Orchid House. How do you see each of the main characters seeking some form of redemption? In what ways do you see Hacienda Esperanza experiencing stages of redemption?
  2. What does Emman want most in his young life--both on the surface and subconsciously?
  3. Manalo becomes jaded in the cause that he leads and longs only for his family. Have you ever experienced belief dissolving and disillusionment? What helped you through such a time?
  4. Julia has spent her years trying to satisfy herself and create a comfortable existence. How do small steps of faith beyond herself change Julia's life into the one God planned for her?
  5. What cultural discoveries did you make about the Philippines in Orchid House? Have you experienced a culture that has been shaped by the dominance of foreign rule or a dictatorship? Discuss the impact of such a society, and in what ways freedom in a nation can have both good and bad outcomes.
  6. Orchid House is filled with unique characters from the past and present. Name some of your favorites and what traits drew you to them?
  7. Who or what are the antagonists in Orchid House?
  8. The near-mythical family stories are the foundation of Hacienda Esperanza. How can our family or cultural histories shape our modern lives?
  9. The Hacienda Esperanza can be considered a character itself. What life stages do you see it going through?
  10. In the opening of Orchid House, the elderly couple prays, asking God to bless and continually redeem the land and their descendents. Do you believe God hears the prayers for future generations? If so, does that change anything in your own prayer life?
  11. Did you experience any moments of revelation or a cultural discovery that gave you new insight, or perhaps will shape your life journey or purpose?

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Orchid House, Cindy Martinusen Coloma
  • Orchid House, Cindy Martinusen Coloma

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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?

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Publication Date February 12, 2008
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595541519
ISBN-13 9781595541512
Height 8.2"
Width 5.3"