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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

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by Zoraida Córdova

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At their matriarch's funeral the Montoyas receive a truly magical inheritance. But with great riches come great enemies.

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Why I love it

My favorite stories are the ones that defy definition, that bend and blur the boundaries of genre. Stories that insert poetry into memoir, science fiction into literary, speculative into history. Zoraida Córdova’s latest novel is one of those rare gems that manages to make you forget the boundaries exist at all.

Centered around the impending death of the family matriarch, Orquídea, the novel moves in two directions: As the surviving children and grandchildren travel to her house in Four Rivers, Cordova draws us on a journey back to the beginning. This is a tale of place as much as person, leading us from a village in Ecuador to a traveling circus called the Londoño Spectacular Spectacular to Orquídea’s house in Four Rivers, a mysterious place that grew up overnight. Each setting marks an era in Orquídea’s life, and each adds its own layer of magic, sometimes subtle, other times blindingly bright. The novel unfolds slowly, following the tendrils of Orquídea’s life and family in a way that isn’t always linear, but organic, which is entirely fitting, given the nature of the story. Orquídea’s death is imminent from the opening pages, when she invites her heirs to come and collect their inheritance. But she is alive on every page in this book.

Deftly weaving together past and present, history and family The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is the best kind of book, the one that plants a seed in your mind, and lets it grow long after you’ve finished reading. A story at once delicate and robust, subtle and powerful, and brimming with magic.

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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 backed.

Alternating between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is an enchanting novel about what we knowingly and unknowingly inherit from our ancestors, the ties that bind, and reclaiming your power.

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  • Horizon City, TX

    This was such a magical read rooted in familial bonds and a mysterious curse unraveling throughout. The writing is exquisite and I hope everyone has the chance to pick up this book!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Oro Valley, AZ

    What a magical journey. I love stories that are unique and different. It’s gets old reading the same story over and over. This story starts out slowly but is well written and entertaining. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Estero, FL

    Between “liked” and “loved” but ultimately enjoyed the book very much. Main complaint, as others stated, the end felt much too rushed. The ending is a critical part of the narrative and needed detail

  • Ormond Beach, FL

    An amazing book about family and magic, and how you’re connected no matter how much time and distance is between you. The Montoya’s are wild, real, and magical, and make you love them for their flaws.

  • Lakewood, OH

    The build up was a little slow put once it hit the halfway point I couldn’t put it down. A magical story about family and resilience. The magic aspects added to the storyline but weren’t overpowering

  • Wichita, KS

    I didn’t fully settle into the story until the ½ point, but it was so lush, beautiful, & strange I didn’t mind. Ultimately, a story about family that anyone can relate too. Plus magic and a circus.

  • Seattle, WA

    The description and scene setting are so vivid that I was transported to Marimar and Orquídea’s worlds. An amazing look at how family ties cannot be severed no matter how far we are from each other.

  • Seattle, WA

    I finished this book SO fast, coming in with no expectations. I felt transported to a modern, dark fairytale world with unique POV (millennial twist). Family, secrets, intrigue, magic—yep, I loved it.

  • Scottsdale, AZ

    I’m a sucker for magical realism, and this hit all the right buttons for me. Beautiful language, endearing characters, and relatable family dysfunction all bond by powerful magic, mystery, & intrigue.

  • Austin, TX

    I enjoyed the magic of this world. It wasn’t so fantastical that I had to learn a new vocabulary & it wove character development w/strong women, love & intricately detailed places. Get lost in this.

  • Waterville , NY

    I loved Orquidea’s character, she was strong and resilient. I loved the family dynamics. It was a beautiful story. The magical elements were good but surprisingly not my favorite part of the story.

  • Chicago, IL

    I haven’t read a magical realism-type of book since college, and I loved reading this genre again. I really cared for Orquidea’s family by the end and loved how the magic was effortlessly woven in.

  • Charlotte, NC

    5/5 - there was love, mystery, drama, magic, action, & suspense all in one book. It was magical, fantastical, & beautifully written. It sucks you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go til the end.

  • Chula Vista , CA

    Where do I even begin? The writing was beautiful, the characters unforgettable and so relatable. I found myself laughing out loud and getting irritated and I felt all the feels. Couldn’t put it down.

  • Grants Pass, OR

    I took a chance on this pick, and it paid off! This was a fantastic story of family and magic. I was hooked the whole way through. The mystery of Orquidea's past was enthralling! So glad I chose this.

  • Riverside, CA

    I always have such a soft spot for anything magical, so this was right up my alley. I like the alternating story lines between the past and present, unraveling more and more of the story from dif POVs

  • Crete, IL

    This book was spectacular, and really made me understand how much I love magical realism. Only issue was more with the editors. There are so many typos, did you all even look at the copy before print?

  • BEND, OR

    I absolutely LOVED the generational family history this book touched on, and the lore this book examined was so magical. I felt like I was transported between the pages and was hesitant to resurface.

  • Tiffin, OH

    Such a beautiful lush world this story takes place in. I could have kept reading this forever. Rich, complex characters, magical tales of family and fortune. Beautifully told, so much more to explore!


    One of the best pieces of magical realism I've ever read! The journey from the valley to the stars was a slow burn, but one that literally ended in the most beautiful supernova of family's divine love

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