Thursday, August 17, 2023

Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende ~ My Thoughts #OrchidBlooming @c_vandenhende @GoSparkPoint

Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende
Contemporary Women's Fiction, 249 pages
Published September 13, 2022 by Azine Press

A childhood tragedy followed her into adult life. Will she ever claim real happiness again?

Kind and generous, twenty-seven-year-old Orchid Paige will never forget that day. Living as best she can after witnessing her parents’ fatal accident, the beauty industry marketer yearns to win a promotion to China to connect to her mom’s ancestry. But with competition fierce, she despairs she’ll never make the grade… until she meets an encouraging man who makes her feel safe despite her usual distrust.

After Orchid convinces the handsome entrepreneur to let her gain experience at his nonprofit project, she’s determined to keep their relationship professional and ignore their powerful attraction. But when working on his military ad campaign for veterans triggers her own unresolved PTSD, she fears her confident mentor may be too good to be true even if she could trust him with her heart.

Can she conquer her vulnerabilities before she loses her chance at forever?

Orchid Blooming is the captivating first book in the Goodbye, Orchid women’s fiction series, and can be read as a standalone. If you like complex characters overcoming trauma, heart-warming stories, and compassionate connections, then you’ll adore award-winning author Carol Van Den Hende’s emotionally satisfying page-turner.

“Tension and compelling chemistry that will leave you breathless.”—Barbara Conrey, USA Today bestselling author of Nowhere Near Goodbye

My thoughts about Orchid Blooming ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"Fifteen years ago, Orchid Paige could've never imagined a world without her mother."

I had never heard of this author nor of this series. What first drew me to these books were their absolutely beautiful covers. I just had to look into them further. And I'm so glad that I took a chance on the series, and this author. 

I loved Orchid Blooming and the wonderful character of Orchid Paige. She has had trauma in her life but just seeks happiness and success. If love happens to be a part of that whole deal, then that would be just fine as well. But will the trauma from her past and her fear of the future put her happiness in jeopardy? 

I thoroughly enjoyed Orchid Blooming and have book #2, Goodbye, Orchid, up next to read so I'll be ready when book #3, Always Orchid, comes out in October. I'm excited to see where Orchid's life adventures take her and what this author has in store for her. 

I received a copy of Orchid Blooming from SparkPoint Studio and this is my honest opinion.

Book #2

Book #3
Pub date October 24!


About the author

Carol Van Den Hende is the award-winning author of Orchid Blooming and Goodbye, Orchid which are inspired by wounded veterans and have won 20+ literary awards, including the American Fiction Award, IAN Outstanding Fiction First Novel Award, and 2020 Royal Dragonfly for Disability Awareness.

Buzzfeed, Parade, and Travel+Leisure named “heartwarming, heartbreaking” Goodbye, Orchid a most anticipated read. Glamour Magazine recommended this “modern, important take on the power of love.” The International Pulpwood Queens, selected Goodbye, Orchid as a 2022 Bonus Book-of-the-Month.

Carol’s mission is unlocking optimism as a writer, speaker, strategist, Board member and Climate Reality Leader. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband and twins, who prove that love really does conquer all. ~ Goodreads

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1 comment:

  1. aww I love that you're invested in Orchid...wait until you see where this couple goes!


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