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The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge (Liberty #5)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.

Now Rennie Perini will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She’s already juggling the most important
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 8th 2012 by Christine Nolfi (first published 2012)
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Jan 07, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-15
The Tree Of Everlasting Knowledge is my first novel by Christine Nolfi. It felt absolutely delightful to be so emotionally involved with the characters and the story from beginning to end.
A beautifully written family saga involving romance, family ties, heartache, abuse, forgiveness, page-turning suspense and unconditional love.
Christine Nolfi's talent for creating such a story is truly a gift!
Nov 23, 2015 Melodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
In the continuing Liberty series, the author introduces us to the Fagan family and gives her readers the back story on the Perini family. The two families are intertwined as family history,drama and romance play out.
As is usual with Ms. Nolfi's stories, the principal characters are women. Strong,loving women,often struggling for balance, and always easy for her readers to identify with.
Balance is not Rennie's forte. She has her hands full as she struggles to manage and grow her electrical cont
Rebecca Ross
Aug 07, 2012 Rebecca Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the definition of a page turner. It's one of those books that keeps you reading far past your bedtime and gets you negotiating if you can get a chapter in before work the next day. The plot is well rounded and follows multiple families and their intermingling circumstances. A woman fosters a pair of siblings under the pressure of her mother, a social worker, and is juggling that responsibility with running her 2 person electrical company on the biggest job it's ever taken. This job ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Dhfan4life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say about this book and this author is that both are truly amazing. I'm not one that usually writes a review all the time for each book that I read unless I have something to say. But I was very honored to be given a chance to read this book early on and absolutely loved it. That is definitely saying something as I've come from a background of thinking that plain ol' regular fiction with just humans in it is boring. But I have to say Ms. Nofi really hit it out of the park for me with t ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received my copy of “The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge” through the Goodreads First Reads program, and I am very happy that I did.

This book is about a woman named Ourania who seems to have closed her heart and life to anything but work. She is an electrician, making her way fairly successfully in a “man’s world.” She takes on a job at the Fagan mansion, and she is then bombarded by many memories…most that still haunt her and that have made her the closed off person she is today. In her teens,
Deborah Blanchard

This is an amazing work of literary fiction. Christine Nolfi has a way with words that just draws you into the story. The characters are extremely well developed and I felt like I knew them. The storyline is engrossing, well thought out, and fast paced. The women in this book are strong and yet with a soft side. They love with all their being.I loved this book,as I have loved all the books by this author. It takes a special kind of person to take you into a book like this. Christ
Apr 01, 2016 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge and The Mistress of the Art of Death at the same time fully expecting to prefer and finish the latter first.

Wrong. And I don't fully understand why that is.

I should have hated this book. I despise romance novels so the romance aspect should have been enough to send me screaming for the shredder. Where I like my story-telling to be direct and not too wordy (except for the brilliance that is The Secret Scripture), this book is very adjective-y.
 Gigi Ann
Dec 01, 2015 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I have to say I put off reading this book for two reasons: (1) For some reason I didn't like the title, I still don't...(2) When I read the synopsis it starts off by saying..."A savage rape..." Now if I know ahead of time I usually don't read stories that involve rape. However, Ms. Nolfi interwove it into the story, but, didn't get graphic with it. (It was not in your face with every little detail.)

So, after I faced up to my idiosyncrasies and settled down to actually reading the book
Feb 16, 2014 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge didn't disappoint. In fact, it kept me up until 1:30 a.m. so I could finish it! Christine hooked me with her Liberty series, and I am enjoying my journey through the rest of her novels. She has a way of drawing me in and making me feel like a part of her books. Once again, a big "Thank you, Christine!!"
I think Christine Nolfi is an author I’m going to enjoy. This is the first book by this author that I’ve just finished and except for the rushed ending, I liked it. I would rate it about 3,5 stars overall, but I'd give it a 4 star for the role the children play in this book. It rarely happens but I thought Emma and Walt were rather authentically depicted and whenever they were on the page, the story came to life.
Other reasons for my positive review is that both the main and the secondary charact
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Jun 21, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a grand old oak tree that's famous for miles around. People believe that it's magic and lovers gather there in the full moon to receive it's blessing. What people don't know, is that the oak tree holds a dark secret or two.

Ourania is trying really hard to live up to the standards of her family. Getting her electrician business off the ground has come a long way. Her newest job, for the Fagan's, could lead her from residential to business prospects, so it's an important job. When her mother,
Oct 06, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troy Fagan was blessed to be born into wealth. His family owns and operates Fagan Orchards in Lincoln, Ohio. Troy, a man who loves his family and appreciates the family business, has stepped out on his own and operates a general contracting business. Ourania D’Andre is an electrician. She’s been hired to work on the renovations at the Fagan mansion. Unfortunately she and Troy have a history together, an unhappy history. Troy isn’t happy to have Ourania on this current project, but he’ll make do ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel sort of unusually proud here. I read Christine's first book "Treasure Me" back when she was first trying to get the word out. One of my favorite things about Christine's style of writing, and one of the high points of that book, was her lovely ability to get a reader involved with the characters in her book. Not just "involved with." That's not strong enough. Maybe "in love with" is better. That was my favorite thing about "Treasure Me" and truly speaking, I think about one particular cha ...more
Christine Nolfi, what can I say! This is the third book I have read written by Christine. I have one more left to read, I hope she's working on more books, as I don't think she can write fast enough for me now. After discovering her with reading Second Hand Grill, I moved on to another one of her books, then another. Each book is very different, but with one thing most in common, it sucks you in until everything around you doesn't exist, and let me tell you, I needed that. I was suffering the en ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Mar 15, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
I really, really liked this book. It's the sort of book where you get so entranced in the various storylines that you don't realize how much time has gone by as you're reading the book. At first we're following the storyline of Ourania, an electrician who likes being on her own with no ties. Suddenly she becomes the guardian of two foster children. At almost the same time, she's thrust into confronting some painful subjects from the past and comes into contact with some information that could ch ...more
Jeffrey Blount
Mar 19, 2013 Jeffrey Blount rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is complicated. An excellent novelist brings clarity to it. When I close the cover of a book for the last time, I want to feel better for the experience. I want a new understanding of the human condition. For me, Christine Nolfi's The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge delivered all of the above and then some.

This wonderful novel begins in the midst of several messy and complicated lives. Among them, a woman attempting to make her way in the man's world of construction, a boss with anger and con
Reyna Hawk
Aug 11, 2012 Reyna Hawk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, even though there were some slow parts. There were a couple of sections of the book I skimmed because I wanted to catch up to the action. I really like Ourania as a character and her demeanor. She came across to me as one that doesn’t mence words. She’s a head strong business woman that knows what she wants. Troy was annoying to me at times. I wanted him to just say outright what he wanted instead of beating around the bush. My heart was tugged by the ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! What an AWESOME Book! YOU MUST READ IT! It is a great addition to the Liberty series. A very well written fast paced book that will draw you in from the very beginning. It will have you wondering what will happen next. A very hard book to put down. My trouble was finding the time to read.
The characters are amazing and all work so well together. They will have you feeling like you are right there in Liberty,Ohio with them. I don't want to ruin the effect the story will have on you by tellin
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Omg what an absolutely fantastic book. This is my third book by Christine. As much as I loved all 3 this is my favourite.
There is so much more to this book than what the description said.Twice while reading this book I found myself putting down my kindle & thinking I can't read anymore. I was so involved with the characters I was afraid of what was going to happen next. After the second time I put my kindle down I txt my reading buddy Sue & told her what this book was doing to me. I've
Deborah Blanchard
This is an amazing work of literary fiction. Christine Nolfi has a way with words that just draws you into the story. The characters are extremely well developed and I felt like I knew them. The storyline is engrossing, well thought out, and fast paced. The women in this book are strong and yet with a soft side. They love with all their being.I loved this book,as I have loved all the books by this author. It takes a special kind of person to take you into a book like this. Christine Nolfi is a m ...more
Frederick Brooke
The woman at the center of this story, Ourania, is as strong and stubborn as she is beautiful, with her "whiskey-colored eyes." And she wears a workman's toolbelt, with hammers and other tools hanging from her hip, and happens to the best electrician within a three-county area.

The author weaves a tortured story of rape and brutality and love and redemption involving Ourania and the other characters in this small Ohio town. When they speak to each other, it's like fireworks going off. Their feeli
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I enjoyed this book a lot. It had the prefect blend of love and danger.

The characters were well developed. They were flawed and realistic. I found that I really liked them because of that. I enjoyed the way they interacted and the way their relationships evolved.

I really liked the story itself. I liked the flow and the timing of key revelations. I really didn't want to put it down and was anxious to pick it back up again when I had to. I was very satisfied with the ending.

Kudos to you, Christin
Cherryl Chow
May 02, 2015 Cherryl Chow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christine Nolfi is a good writer. I was intrigued by the title, “The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge,” and the reference to dark events in the past. I like characters with complex back stories. The main character is a female electrician who, like so many in life and in fiction, is carrying around a baggage from the past. Considering how hurt she’s been, she’s certainly earned the “right” to it. But of course, the story doesn’t stop there. Like all good romances, it has a lot of conflict and tensio ...more
Sue T
Nolfi is a wonderful writer. Her stories are an amazing interweaving of characters, plot and setting. Above all, her work always emphasizes the incredible powers of love and family.
Aug 24, 2014 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely a page turner. I've been sick lately which gained me a HUGE break from my life and kids and spit me straight to this book I've been waiting to read, a book lovingly sent to me by a relatively new friend, and a wonderful loving person ;-). Once I got started reading this book, I could put it down only for the barest necessities of life! There is a lot of suspense and multiple family dynamics. There are so many facets to this story, and I don't want to spoil them! But I hig ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small town secrets revealed

Small towns are havens for buried secrets and forbidden passions. A town in Ohio was no different for the prominent and wealthy Fagan family. Living in a mansion on a thousand-acre estate, Fagan’s Orchard shipped produce and condiments across the Midwest, and was the main setting for The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. Located on the estate was an oak tree, referred to locals as The Great Oak Tree. If the tree could talk, what secrets it would tell.

The Fagan’s were reno
Molli Moran
Christine Nolfi was the very first author to ever request a review from me when I started this blog; after I read and loved her debut, Treasure Me, I immediately agreed to read and review her second novel, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, when she approached me about it. Although a good year passed in between when I read her first novel, and when I eagerly read this one, the effect was the same once I started Tree: I immediately fell all over again for Christine's writing and her way of creati ...more
Allizabeth Collins

I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, a beautifully-written tale of love, heartache, forgiveness, family ties, jealousy, romance and suspense. Family sagas have always interested me - the more powerful the family, the deeper and darker the closets - so Christine Nolfi's single-book saga intrigued from the first page. The characters were top-notch, especially Ourania and the Fagans. I definitely felt a connection with Ourania's independent and prote
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a child abuse story that was sad, frustrating and infuriating. The fact that part of it is told from Emma, the victim’s, point-of-view makes it seem even worse. There is nothing graphic, but the implications of what is happening are horrorific. Reading it, it’s hard to imagine there will be a happy ending for everyone, but I can assure you that the ending is satisfying.

This story is just as much about Troy and Ouriana’s relationship, which is just as frustrating as the rest of the plot.
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Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a ...more
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