The Odor of Orchids

6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
pages: 286
Published by RukBooks
ISBN-13: 978-0615867373
ISBN-10: 0615867375
Smashwords Epub ISBN: 978-1301519453
Lulu Epub ISBN: 978-1-312-07102-5

Trade Paperback: $15.95

All e-Pub versions: $4.99
About "The Odor of Orchids

When is a love story not a romance?

When the lives of strangers collide, as they do on a steam-hot August weekend.

Don Burbage, the good-looking sheriff deeply in love with his wife Peggy, wrestles with what commitment means as he works out a bloody event that happened in cabin six at the Buena Vista Motel.

Lyla, young, trapped in her youth and body, has to face what her youth and body have wrought upon her.

And enter the stranger, a photojournalist passing through in his big blue Pontiac convertible. He has just left the carnival of a Republican convention, heading to the same unrealities of the Democratic, when he stops for a walk in the woods.

He does not come out of them the same.

None of them do.

An Amazon customer review:
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Paula, on August 17, 2013
Charles W. Bechtel stitches together each distinctive character of the book, The Odor of Orchids, like a well made signature quilt. Placing each character only as a master quilter can do to compliment the following chapters. The edging outstanding, he easily keeps us contained and spellbound in the array of his passionate players.

You literally feel this book come to life briskly, an unrelenting candid write that takes one by surprise. So completely you become the characters whether you wish it or not as you hold the book. Soon it becomes a need -- this page, then page after page, hit after hit.

The numerous red herrings scattered throughout brings to mind the acclaimed writer, O. Henry. In disbelief you will find yourself disconcerted and thumbing back in wondering how the hell did Charles W. Bechtel pull that off so cleverly. The word blindsided comes to mind; you smile with the joy of this and continue reading the book now with also a mental alertness that you rarely find this day and age.

Extraordinary imagery of bigotry, beauty, longing and of lost opportunities. The critical time to say goodbye to youth so one can embrace the adult one becomes.

Is it a love story? No. Is it a love story? Yes. You will ride powerful waves of emotions that Charles W. Bechtel wrings out of you. Good thing most of us sit while we read.

His writing places you directly with the raw and vulnerable characteristic of his characters. I swore at and with some characters, climbed mountains and I stood on a shoreline of a pond and knew then and there upon reading a particular chapter through tears that the vivid symbolic passage will stay with me for life. And I am grateful.

Charles Bechtel the maestro places a full piece novel in your hands written for both men and women as good art in any genre knows no sexual boundaries.

When the music ends, the notes still linger -- as does The Odor of Orchids.