Thank you so much to Atria Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina! I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book, because some of the reviews said that it was going to be literary fantasy or magical realism and I normally have a hard time getting fully sucked into those kinds of books (100% a me issue, not a those books issue) but I didn’t have that problem with this one at all!
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They know better than to ask why the pantry never seems to run low or empty, or why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—even for graduations, weddings, or baptisms. But when Orquídea Divina invites them to her funeral and to collect their inheritance, they hope to learn the secrets that she has held onto so tightly their whole lives. Instead, Orquídea is transformed, leaving them with more questions than answers.
Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Tatinelly’s daughter, Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings. But soon, a hidden figure begins to tear through their family tree, picking them off one by one as it seeks to destroy Orquídea’s line. Determined to save what’s left of their family and uncover the truth behind their inheritance, the four descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back.
Let’s start out by talking about that gorgeous cover! I love it so much! It’s so striking and you don’t fully tie in exactly who it is/what it means until the end, but I think it was perfect (man, cover artists are so talented). Now, onto the book itself. I really liked how we got both the current day story with Orquídea’s descendants as well as the past with her journey itself. I do wish the delineation between past and present was a little clearer, because sometimes it took me a few sentences to figure out which timeline I was in. I really liked the characters- specifically Marimar. She was definitely my favorite. The plot itself was super interesting and I definitely enjoyed it, but if you weren’t paying attention, it was easy to lose it. Also, the plotline did move a little slower in the first half to two thirds of the book whereas the last half to third of the book moved a lot faster (but it didn’t bother me at all). The book itself was so well written, and while I’m not normally one for fancy prose or anything, there was just something about Zoraida Córdova’s writing that I loved. I felt transported from the first page itself. Is this was the book that we had been taught in school when we were being taught about magical realism, I’m sure I would like it way more than the book we did read. All in all, I loved this book and I highly recommend it! The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina came out on September 7th, so make sure y’all go out and grab it today!