Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire

Margot Berwin, Author . Pantheon $24 (266p) ISBN 978-0-307-37784-5

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)

Reviewed on: 02/16/2009
Release date: 06/01/2009
Genre: Pick of the Week
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-09-953414-3
Open Ebook - 188 pages - 978-0-307-37829-3
Hardcover - 403 pages - 978-1-4104-1733-6
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