Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende ~ 4⭐

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction ~ Release Date: September 13, 2022

REVIEW: Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende is a book I won’t soon forget. I want to go back and read her first book Goodbye Orchid but, my schedule says I have other commitments and I must wait. So, keep your eye out for that review. 

Orchid Blooming is actually the prequel to Goodbye Orchid which shows us how Orchid grows and becomes a more whole woman. She lost her parents at age twelve and always blamed herself and has suffered triggers since then.  

We also see how she met Phoenix and how their relationship grew along with each of them. Orchid is twenty seven years old and has fought and worked hard for everything she has. I admire this character. 

I loved the characters in this book. We get to see how they change simply because their paths crossed. Maybe that wasn’t so simple but, it happened and I think they made each other better people. The other characters were just kind of incidental and really just helped move the story along. 

I will tell you, at the end of the book there is a sneak peek at the beginning of Goodbye Orchid. Yup. I read it and my heart stopped! I had to do some exploration to see if I could get more info. I had to know or I couldn’t go to sleep. I had to know or I would have left some other authors without reviews that I promised. I HAD to know even if it meant dropping everything including sleep and reading the book. I HAD TO KNOW! 

This book was awesome. I can’t wait to get back to the prequel. I highly recommend this series. If you loved Jojo Moyes Me Before You series, you’ll love these books. Until next time…Happy Reading.

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SYNOPSIS: 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 contemporary fiction series. 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.

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