Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Book Review - Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire

I recently was given the opportunity to review a book thanks to Mr. Brown Thumb. I received a free copy of "Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire" written by Margot Berwin. I promptly read the book and then donated my copy to The Seagoville Public Library. The Library says "Thank You."

I was expecting to hate this book. It had the look of a bodice ripper to me. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. While this is not the great American novel, it certainly was a lot of fun to read. The characters were awful - Either manipulative or easily manipulated. This was just fine as the plot would not have worked if they had been otherwise. Even little kids took advantage of the main character, Lila, when they saved her from a serpent only to steal from her.

The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is one of my very favorite places on earth. I felt like the author described it beautifully. As a plant person, I really enjoyed reading about Lila discovering her affinity for plants. When she was able to propagate a rare fern cutting in water, it took me back to my first sprig of ivy rooted in a little glass of water when I was just a child.

I would recommend this book as a fun light read.