The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, Zoraida Córdova

A girl with long flowing brown hair looks out from the cover. Two hummingbirds below a flower are in front of her chest with the title in white below them

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is a quirky read from the very start. The storyline is engaging, and it all seems so relatively, harmlessly normal. However, when we start to travel back in time to Orquídea’s youth, we can fully appreciate how we got to this point, with a large family whose matriarch has always been something a little bit more.

Of all the characters to love, Rey was the one I was especially fond of. It was endearing how the family came together, even when they reflected that they all had less than stellar childhoods with Orquídea. I love the magic involved, and as stated above, it’s quirky and so very imaginative. I absolutely adored this book and didn’t want to put it down. I hadn’t read Córdova before reading this book, but that is something I will correct immediately. Thank you, Atria, for sending this along.

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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 why their matriarch won’t ever leave their home in Four Rivers—not 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 into a ceiba tree, leaving them with more questions than answers.

Seven years later, her gifts have manifested in different ways for Marimar, Rey, and Rhiannon, granting them unexpected blessings and powers. 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, her descendants travel to Ecuador—to the place where Orquídea buried her secrets and broken promises and never looked back.

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