The Olive Harvest: A Memory of Love, Old Trees and Olive Oil. Carol Drinkwater
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The Olive Harvest: A Memory of Love, Old Trees and Olive Oil. Carol Drinkwater (Olive series)

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'The stars shimmer like spilled handfuls of glitter. The day is beginning to rise with a faint mist. As I turn my head, ghostly halos, auras of light, appear and disappear and I cannot tell if it is caused by my lightheadedness or is a freak of nature. The silence is truly awesome. Not a bird, not a whisper of wind, not a breath of life. Only the two of us, a most implausi...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Orion (first published 2004)
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The third book in this series of memoirs once again find us in the south of France on the author's olive farm. This time around, however, the olives are not blossoming and Carol's husband, Michel, is going through a terrible personal crisis. Their future in everyway seems to be at risk.

This was a slightly more difficult book to read as it is often very dark in tone. However, I think it brought home how difficult and unpredictable both life and farming can be. This is real life, not a la-ti-da d...more
When I started reading this book I did not realize it is the last in a trilogy of book commencing with "The Olive Farm" and "Return to The Olive Farm".

This is a satisfactory read along the lines of "Under the Tuscan Sun", except in this case the author and her husband endure a painful separation and almost divorce, after having gone through a terrible car accident. The husband ends up going to live in Paris and tries unsuccessfully to revive his struggling film business. The author stays in Prov...more
Lovely, tough, moving, lyrical, thought-provoking . . . only a few words to describe this soul-baring memoir from Carol Drinkwater, the third in her Olive Farm series. I have enjoyed reading each one, and through her exquisite prose, getting to know the character of her wild corner of France. Her books are peopled with such lively, loveable townspeople, friends, and family, and she describes them so well, I feel I know them all. This book will have you rooting for the endurance of Carol's relati...more
Carol and Michel continue trying to get the right status for their olive farm. In the long drawn out process there is much frustration. But one thing is not related to the olive farm status. As Carol is driving on a mountain road, an opposing car comes too quickly and runs into them. Michel is hurt. His physical recovery is easy, but his mental recovery is not. He is not sure what he wants in life after the accident. So he goes to Paris. Carol is left alone to deal with all the trials and tribul...more
This is really well written and has a good story and the author deserves comparison with Rosamunde Pilcher.

For some reason however, it didn't quite engage me. This is strange because I love gardening and olive groves in particular. Perhaps it was a little bit pretentious and lacked a bit of humour.

Oh and I couldn't understand Carol's aversion to hunting, even though she ate meat. And she was so earnest about it too.
Diane Will
Loved this book. It lived up to it's expectations having read the previous two in the trilogy. Carol writes these really well and feel privelaged that she wanted to share her story of the ups and downs of running the olive farm with Michel.

Looking forward to browsing through her 'Illustrated Olive Farm' book now. Will really bring alive the other books with the photographs etc of the farm.

I read this in 2006.
Although I don't love this series, I found this one (the third of three) the the most interesting. That said, I would start with the firstThe Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France.
Olive Harvest picks up a while after Olive Season ends. Carol and Michael continue their struggle/love affair with their olive estate in the south of France. Perhaps because this volume deals with more weighty issues, of personal significance to Carol, I don't think I liked it as much as the previous two. However, I still gobbled it up and I'm already anticipating reading the next two books.

I so admire that Ms Drinkwater endeavors to grow bio olives. This book continues to reveal the challenges she faces. Thank her lucky stars, her husband may not understand her passion, but he supports her principles.
This series has been a continuous good read...real people dealing with real problems, but staying upbeat.
Kate McKinstry
Quite a different tone from Carol Drinkwater's first two books. Clearly she wrote this at a rough time in her life, but as always her descriptions of her surroundings and her love of the landscape comes through her personal turmoil. As always, I highly recommend her books to anyone looking to escape for a while.
I've really enjoyed this thrid book in the Olive Farm series. Once again its great to get back to the story of her life in Provence. Carol Drinkwater really is an excellent author describing her adventures in the south of France on and around her farm. I definitely want to read the remaining two books.
I'm a sucker for "Under the Tuscan Sun" genre books. With this one, I felt like I had taken a trip to Provence without getting on an airplane. However idylic the scene at the end of the book was, though, I don't think I could go through what the author did to enjoy that day. Enlightening and emotional.
There are 5 books in this series by Carol Drinkwater (also an actor, who played in All Creatures Great and Small as James Herriot's wife for the first 3 years of the series). They are autobiographical, enchanting, and informative. I'm enjoying them immensely. This is book 3 of the series.
May 20, 2008 nimrodiel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to nimrodiel by: oi-reader
Just, wow...

I absolutly loved this trillogy of books. Carol and Michele's growth through the tragedy they faced (together and apart) was a very moving part of this book.

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I found all of her books very well written and have enjoyed them. Carol was very brave staying on at the farm when Michel left,a woman of great courage,patient, caring and understanding.
As always beautiful descriptive writing but did not enjoy this book as much as the others really as there were too many graphic hunting scenes involved in the narration.
This is the 3rd book of the trilogy and I have enjoyed everyone of them.These are the memoirs of the author and her husband buying a run down Olive Farm.
Lisa Hayes
She became unattractively shrill and childish over the wild boars. Otherwise, interesting book. I will be listening to the third book as well.
Another in her trilogy of darn good reads about her and Michel's exploits renovating and living in their old Olive farm near Cannes, France.
Apr 01, 2007 Meghan marked it as to-read
I didn't realize she had published another book. Yippee! I can't wait to read it.
Another delightful read about Carol and her olive farm. Onto the next one. :-)
Jul 29, 2011 Helen added it
Nowhere near as enjoyable as her other Olive books
Liked it but not as much as the Olive Farm.
One of my favorites - LOVE all of her books.
Nice book. Didn't blow me away though...
i want to have an olive farm in provence too!
great book
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