The House on Olive Street
The loss of their close friend draws four women together. And a summer spent sorting through personal effects offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.
Sable—her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything, in fact, has nothing but a past she is desperate to hide
Elly—the intellectual who has hidden herself within the walls of academi...more
The four friends of Gabriella move to her house after she dies suddenly, to organise her papers, manuscripts, books etc. It's the story of these four friends who have different problems of their own. Gabby though not there physically, is...more
Eleanor, Sable, Beth and Barbara try to surprise their fried, Gabby on her 50th birthday are in for a shock when they find her dead on her couch. Gabby's death effects each women as she was the glue that brought these writers together and kept them together. Beth's handsome pilot husband won't give her a baby or his affection and uses her disappointments and anger to write her mystery novels. Barbara wants to be a bestselling romance author really bad...not just for the fame but for her...more
Friends who are authors are going to surprise one of their own and bring a catered dinner to her house as it's her birthday. Problem is Gabby's dead.
The friends take care of everything and the book continues on with each still writing and the problems each one of them has and what they are doing to
One is a heavy drinker, one is getting abused and another is starting an affair with her body guard.
Found a novel that had been started by their de...more
The characters in The House On Oliv...more
A writer's group of five women gather at one member's house to find she has died - unexpectedly, on her fiftieth birthday. The surviving four women come from backgrounds so different, it seems the story will be over before it begins. But a let...more
This is grown up chick lit-- fiction that looks at four women, each at a crossroads in her life,drawn together by the unexpected death of the fifth member of their group.
Elly is a college professor. She's now involved in a relationship that she's not willing to share with the world (including her friends) because it doesn't fit with her image of herself.
Beth writes murder mysteries, but she is very shy in her everyday life. Part of this...more
All of these women are so very different, and some are hard to like at the start, but as the story goes on you realize they are just like you. Hiding things that they are ashamed of both in their past and in their current life, they are both jealous of their friends success and happy for them, and all of them need t...more
Here in THE HOUSE O...more
The worst problems in their own lives are brought out into the open, and they find they can deal with them because they are together. These problems range from a buried past to a dangerous marriage to a humorous situation in which five big men are oblivious to the pressures they are placing on the woman in their life.
Honestly, the book did start off a little slow and I wasn't enthusiastic about the characters. Moving from Part I to Part II, things started picking up and I started to get really interested in Sable, Elly, Beth, and Barbara Ann. Somewhere...more
There is Elly, who is the matriarch. She is a spinster who has made a life for herself within the walls of her own little home. She is a recovering alcoholic.
Sable, who is...more
I was a fan of this author before, from reading her Virgin River series, but I am even more of a fan now af...more
Four women, all authors and members of a small writers critique group, come together one summer to sort through the papers of another member of their writer's group after the woman unexpectedly and suddenly dies. This is the story of their summer and how they all come to terms with who they are, where they are and what they truly want out of life.
I liked how the 4 friends came together and became closer friends after the death of Gabby. How they brought out the courage to face their own fears and accepted each other for who they really were.
This book starts off with the death of one in the group. For various reasons, they each move into the house and become roommates for a summer. Per the will, they sort through the dec...more
This is the first book I've read by this author and I will definitely check out her other books. Great characters!
RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.