Ghost Orchid, a story of love, lies and redemption set in exotic locations, a mystery unraveling one coincidence at a time - a gift for all seasons for those you love - Is love eternal? Look for the answers in Ghost Orchid.
L&L Dreamspell (2009)
|By||Betty L. Dravis "BettyDravis@gmail.com(Silicon Valley, CA) -|
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
The story opens with a lonely, middle-aged woman, Mel, taking her daily walk at the Audubon Society Sanctuary, reminiscing about her lost love and other secrets of her past. Although melancholy, she feels blessed to have experienced a "Great Love" in her life. She longs to see her estranged lover "just once more before she dies" and is happier among the sights and sounds of nature than anywhere else. She's a solitary figure at the sanctuary, well-liked by the staff. The story switches back and forth between Mel and Neev, a statuesque beauty who quit modeling to study philosophy at Oxford University. Neev loves photography, so eventually decides to pursue that career, a path that takes her to exotic locations around the world. She lands a plum assignment with a famous photographer, Roger Andrew, who is always seeking a rare "find" in nature. Roger is much older than Neev, but he becomes her mentor and best friend and they have a loving relationship.
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The Ghost Orchid is the most sought-after orchid by orchid
enthusiasts. It is this orchid that brings and ties a family together
in unimaginable ways. A lonely woman, a man, a photographer, and a
young woman are all brought together when a Ghost Orchid bloom is
spotted at the Audubon Society sanctuary where the woman takes her
The lonely woman has a secret that she has never revealed, the man is simply drawn by the bloom, and the photographer and the young woman have a loving, but strange working relationship. When they meet at the orchid bloom they discover that their paths are intertwined, and their discovery is just as rare and beautiful as the orchid.
Christi is a skilled writer, and she is very good at creating
characters that are believable. Her descriptions of the sanctuary are
fantastic, and illustrate her skill at writing, "He stopped in wonder
as the curving walk led to an open marsh where bright yellow flowers
crowded each other, racing for the sun that spilled its golden essence
as far as the eye could see. As he looked to the left and the right and
straight ahead, the spindly cypress trees were but sticks at the edge
of the vast sea of gold."
One of the characters, the young woman, is
secretive and it is interesting to discover parts about her past along
with the photographer. She is a former model that chose to leave
modeling and become a photographer for National Geographic, which
requires an isolated lifestyle. Her relationship that develops with the
photographer is fascinating to read as it develops.
The photographer is very remarkable, his dedication to his job and leaving a legacy and masterpiece are both interesting and understandable. There is a sort of desperation that all of the characters have to find some meaning in their lives, and when they find this mystical orchid, they begin to grasp at the answer.
I highly recommend Ghost Orchid by D.K. Christi to anyone who enjoys adventure and romance, or anyone who appreciates the draw of this rare orchid, and can imagine it having a strange power to pull people together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love never dies,
by D.K. Christi
P.O. Box 1984
Friendswood, TX 77549-1984
Christy Tillery French for Midwest Book Reviews MBR
Mel, consumed by her love for a man who shares her passion but cannot commit to her, finds consolation in her daily walks at an Audubon Society sanctuary near the Florida Everglades. Her daughter, Neev, raised by foster parents, does not understand nor can she forgive her mother for abandoning her and deliberately keeps her at arm's length. A former model and graduate of Oxford University, Neev interns under Roger Andrew, an acclaimed photographer with National Geographic. As the two travel to exotic locales, they enter into a romantic relationship which deepens into an affectionate friendship. Roger's passion is shooting scarce and endangered flora, and when he learns that a Ghost Orchid, a rare form of the orchid family, is blooming at an Audubon Society sanctuary in Florida, he cannot miss this opportunity. Knowing Neev dislikes the area where her mother lived, he nevertheless asks her to accompany him there. Neev agrees, setting in motion mystical occurrences surrounding the Ghost Orchid connecting Neev's past to her present and future.
Ghost Orchid is a lovely story brilliantly depicted through the author's poetic prose and vibrant descriptives. Characters are well-developed and intriguing, as are the locales portrayed. Readers will fall under the spell of Christi as she weaves a magical tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.
A copy of Ghost Orchid tucked in an orchid plant makes a special gift. A touch of the spiritual and the meaning of love - a novel for all times.
Also - short stories: Romance of My Dreams, anthology by L&L Dreamspell, includes The Ice Storm by D. K. Christi. www.lldreamspell.com for mysteries, romance and more. See www.twitter.com/dkchristi for updates.
The World Outside the Window, 20 short stories by 19 published authors including Rose's Question by D. K. Christi at Amazon.com & RJB Publishing. Travels Forever, Shelagh Watkins, Editor, includes Don't Worry - Be Happy.