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Amazon Exclusive: Christina Schwarz Reviews Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire
Christina Schwarz is the author of So Long at the Fair, All Is Vanity, and Drowning Ruth, a #1 bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and optioned by Wes Craven for Miramax. Read her exclusive Amazon guest review of Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire:
Debut novelist Margot Berwin gives her fecund imagination free play in this lush and steamy summer read. Recently divorced and craving a blank slate, 30-something advertising copywriter Lila Nova moves into a new studio apartment “with absolutely no character” on Union Square. Lila, the sort of contemporary heroine given to amusing self-deflating wisecracks, is not, however, destined to inhabit a clean, white box for long. Within a few chapters, packed with romantic betrayal, plant lore and a couple of visits to a surreal Laundromat in the East Village, she’s on her way to “high adventure” in the Yucatan rain forest, where she’ll encounter ancient magic, poisonous creatures, a murderous exotic plant dealer, and, yes, true love. A wildly inventive novel as vivid and colorful as a jungle flower.
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Starred Review. Berwin delivers a bangup debut packed with adventure, betrayal, love and, naturally, rare plants. New York ad woman Lila Nova, increasingly disillusioned with her job and the city, becomes enchanted by David Exley, a handsome guy selling plants at a green market. Soon, she's hooked on him, and her budding fascination with tropical plants leads her to a Laundromat that has a rare fern displayed in the window. Proprietor Armand quickly befriends Lila and gives her a trimming from the fern to take home, telling her if it forms roots, he'll show her the nine special plants he keeps in the back room. When Exley sees the fern trimming, Lila tells him about Armand's special plants, and soon the plants have been stolen and Exley has disappeared. Armand guilts Lila into coming to Mexico with him to find replacement plants, and there's magic, romance, greenery and greed as Lila and Armand venture through the Yucatan, hooking up with potential love-interest Diego and running into the devious Exley. It's a fun page-turner—escapist and wonderfully entertaining. (June)
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The flower lore kept me going, but the woman was being led/bullied by men. This didn't seem like a personal journey at all, just a masochistic tale that was supposed to be about... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristine B.
I loved it, really spoke to my sense of adventure, love of plants, earthy magic, and love! Very very goodPublished 3 months ago by S. Baker
New to fiction - a fast read , and very entertaining .Love the Positive Mind and ArmandPublished 6 months ago by E.Perrone
I am the Armand named in the book. I enjoyed how Margot described our relationship as teacher and student. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Armand WBAI
This truly is one of the best stories I have ever read, if you like unusual stories you will like this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published 14 months ago by iris watkins ball
A good book to bring on a long airplane ride. Not too deep. I liked the author's style---lovely vivid descriptions. But, as they say, "there's no there there. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Donna Jones
Part fiction, part real - I enjoyed the magical atmosphere and the lore about each flower as well as the jungle setting.Published 18 months ago by Roseworker
I just finished this book this morning. I just picked it not knowing anything about it. I loved the story from the time it started! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shannon020