A childhood tragedy followed her into adult life. Will she ever claim real happiness again?

Kind and generous, twenty-seven-year-old Orchid Paige will never forget that day. Living as best she can after witnessing her parents’ fatal accident, the beauty industry marketer yearns to win a promotion to China to connect to her mom’s ancestry. But with competition fierce, she despairs she’ll never make the grade… until she meets an encouraging man who makes her feel safe despite her usual distrust.

After Orchid convinces the handsome entrepreneur to let her gain experience at his nonprofit project, she’s determined to keep their relationship professional and ignore their powerful attraction. But when working on his military ad campaign for veterans triggers her own unresolved PTSD, she fears her confident mentor may be too good to be true even if she could trust him with her heart.

Can she conquer her vulnerabilities before she loses her chance at forever?

Orchid Blooming is the captivating first book in the Goodbye, Orchid contemporary fiction series. If you like complex characters overcoming trauma, heart-warming stories, and compassionate connections, then you’ll adore award-winning author Carol Van Den Hende’s emotionally satisfying page-turner.

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Orchid Blooming is a beautiful, evocative and gripping love story that will keep you turning pages late into the night. Five sparkling stars for this gorgeous novel.” – Dallas Woodburn, award-winning author of The Best Week That Never Happened 

“An uplifting, modern day love story…full of hope and the promise of happy endings…[that] will keep the reader rooting for Orchid’s happiness!”—Claire Fullerton, author of Little Tea and New York Journal of Books reviewer

“Tension and compelling chemistry that will leave you breathless.”—Barbara Conrey, USA Today bestselling author of Nowhere Near Goodbye

“A love story for our times, Orchid Blooming reminds us of the power of empathy and will stay with you long after the last page.”—Lainey Cameron, award-winning author and host of The Best of Women’s Fiction podcast

“Precise and alluring command of language. Orchid Blooming’s compelling imagery kept me reading. Another gold medal is on the horizon!” —SSGT Aaron Michael Grant, author of TAKING BAGHDAD: Victory in Iraq With the US Marines

“Rich with strong characters and a powerful sense of place, Orchid and Phoenix’s story has an important message about the enduring power of love and forgiveness.”—Susan Cushman, author of Pilgrim Interrupted and John and Mary Margaret

“Five-stars for Orchid Blooming! This page-turning novel is modern, ambitious, tempestuous, and ultimately gut wrenching.”—Rebecca Rosenberg, award-winning author of Champagne Widows

Orchid Blooming leaves you with a sense of hope and optimism. A beautiful story…full of flirtatious banter and quick-witted humor. A joy to read.”—5-stars from Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

“A heartfelt and captivating novel with important topics [like] PTSD, honesty and trust, forgiveness, kindness, and second chances. I highly recommend this emotional and thought-provoking novel!”—5-stars from Linda’s Book Obsession


Author visits with Carol Van Den Hende are available via NovelNetwork.com.