The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina – Zoraida Cordova
Inheritance, families, magic, fiction.
Orquidea is feeling her end coming and she invites her to her funeral as well as an inheritance to her descendants. Her magic. Those who grew up didn’t take the magic seriously and others were annoyed with it. There were a lot of secrets that the Montoyas kept from each other and all came out when the magic was handed down. There is a force that doesn’t want Montoya’s family line to have magic.
This book recently came out and I was intrigued by the plot. I loved this novel and the cultural lore that was present in this as well as magic. I love novels that have lore and mythical explanations that help understand the novel’s plot more. This also had an interesting family dynamic that is intriguing and satisfying to see the bonds get stronger despite the weak bond at the beginning. The transformation of the Montoyas from the first chapter to the last was certainly so paced that nothing felt rushed. Some flashbacks helped the story along. All in all, this novel was beautifully and magically written.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware
Inheritance, succession, suspense, fiction, thriller
A young woman by the name of Hal works as a tarot
reader just to get by with paying bills and such. She is presented with a
letter saying she must come forward to receive some sort of inherited money
from a deceased family member. The awful twist is that she doesn’t recognize
the name and knew the little family she had, all passed away. Hal not only
struggling to make ends meet, but during this horrible timing, Mr. Smith, a man
whom she borrowed money from, sends a messenger to her to tell her Mr. Smith
wants his money back. Hal does an impulse move, respond to the letter by
showing up. Even though she has no connection to these people, this might be a
shot at getting at something or fail horribly. Hal has come to terms that these
strangers might be her actual family and that her recently deceased mother had
never spoken of them. There is a possibility that her mother might’ve been
connected to this family. Hal is faced with a sudden realization that she knows
she doesn’t belong and is about to embark on fraudulent journey and solve the
mystery of this situation as well.
I think I have read another novel that Ruth Ware had
written, In A Dark, Dark Wood, and
enjoyed her suspenseful story telling. At first the book was slow and
depressing but things got a bit thrilling when Hal is being chased after by
money sharks as well as receiving a possible small fortune from a deceased
person whom she has no connection to or possible connection. I love how the
book slowly builds up. Also, I had binged read this novel because it made me
want to read more and more about what would be the outcome of this scenario
that Hal was put in. Totally worth rereading again and I highly recommend this