In Hot House Flower and the 9 Plants of Desire, Lila Nova is a 30 something advertising executive living in New York City. Her life is in flux. She is newly divorced, unhappy with her job, and she's moved to a new tiny apartment. Feeling lonely and somewhat insecure, she needs something to brighten her days, and her tiny but sunny apartment.
While shopping for a perfect plant for her place, she meets David Exley, and after some flirtatious exchanges, and chit chat about plants, she decides on a Bird of Paradise plant. Her interest in plants becomes heightened, and then one day while walking past a laundromat, she notices a gorgeous fern in the window. Curious to find out more, about the fern, she goes inside, and there she meets a mysterious man named Armand. He tells her about the plant, a "fire fern", and begins to tell her about the "nine plants of desire". Armand gives her a cutting of the fern, and he asks Lila to return to see him if she is successful in getting the plant to root. He promises to show her the "nine plants of desire if she returns, but before that happens, his plants are stolen. Both of them suspect David Exley, with whom Lila had a brief fling.
The story continues with Lila and Armand traveling to a Yucatan rain forest in search of these mysterious plants.
MY THOUGHTS - I am always surprising myself lately, by really liking books, I don't expect to enjoy. (Don't you love when that happens?) What can I say except that this was a great audio book. Cassandra Campbell is a fantastic reader. The story and the reader held my interest, and I was always anxious to resume listening to the book whenever I was able to. The background info about the "nine plants" was fascinating, but then I am a plant fanatic. If you like stories with elements of love, lust, passion and greed, and don't mind the elements of magical realism, then I think you should give this book a try.
BTW...Julie Roberts has snapped up the film rights to this one, and I think it would make a terrific movie as well.
RECOMMENDED - 4/5 Stars (Library Audio Book)