Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Margot Berwin
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Eat, Pray, Love meets The Orchid Thief in this rollicking debut novel about plant magic, spiritual discovery, and romantic fever in the jungles of Mexico. Shortly after her divorce, advertising executive Lila Nova purchases her first plant. It's a bird-of-paradise, and the seller is David Exley, a rugged country-sexual, who seems to promise a paradise of his own making. Lila is immediately obsessed - with plants and with the man who sells them - but when David introduces her to the myth of the nine plants of desire, and when she meets a man named Armand who claims to own the nine plants, her obsession reaches unexpected heights: if she can possess all nine plants, the legend goes, her wildest dreams will be fulfilled. But Lila is too trusting, and as a result she is soon off on an adventure she never meant to take: in the Yucatan, alone, hefting a backpack full of travel guides and expensive shampoo, and learning more than she ever wanted to know about the rain forest and about herself. Plant mythology, shamans and charlatans, mysterious spirit animals, orchid obsessives, scorpions, poisonous snakes, and handsome Huichols...they're all here in this tale of mystery, adventure, and heat...in every sense of the word.
Magical, sweet, sexy, fun!
Enjoyable novel. Liked the narrator ( though she could have done the male characters better. She read the Spanish bits well. It's lightweight but has enough adventure, romance, exotic botany, a dash of shamanism, intrigue - and a very feminine, nature loving vibe. The characters could be better drawn - they're a bit one dimensional and in some cases predictable. The plot - while it moves along briskly much of the time - isn't as surprising as I'd hoped - but it more than held my attention and entertained me. Some might think it "chick lit" however two of my guy friends enjoyed it on a beach weekend camping trip! It's definitely summer listening - relaxing and it takes you away - into the Yucatan amongst spirit animals and plant magic. Refreshing with just a touch of wisdom and poetry here and there!