Hothouse Flower by Lucinda Riley immediately appealed to me. Whilst you should never judge a book by its cover, its description reminded me of a Kate Morton novel (and it is similar), and its setting in Thailand where I had recently been when I came across it, meant I knew this was a book I would enjoy.
At its heart is an extremely well written romance set in the Second World War and a twist when the modern day protagonist realises her past is not quite what it seems. The descriptions of Thailand are spot on and I was transported there, and then back to the hothouse at the English country house, where the writing reminded me very much of the smell and heat inside my grandfather’s greenhouse in summer.
This is brilliant holiday reading. It’s the kind of book that accidentally keeps you up until 2am on a school night too, so be warned, and choose when you read it with care.