On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks to Zoraida Córdova all about her new book, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, which is described as, “Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, and Sarah Addison Allen, this is a gorgeously written novel about a family searching for the truth hidden in their past and the power they’ve inherited.”
Here’s the summary…
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.
Starting with an amazing cover by artist is Erick Dávila, and opens with about as good a letter to the reader as you’re going to find by the books editor Melanie Iglesias, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina instantly gives you sense you’re in for something special. In what feels like a classic already, Zoraida crafts something so unique, so distinct in this day and age, it’s awfully difficult to pin down, folks, this is storytelling.
We talk about the long journey this book took to write, the highs and lows of the publishing industry, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina of course, and much, much more.
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is out now, click HERE to order a copy today!
Cover art by Erick Dávila.
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About the Author:
Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories.