The Olive Tree
It is said that anyone who comes to stay at 'Pandora' for the first time will fall in love . . .
It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.
Yet Helena knows...more
The Olive Tree is an engrossing tale that reminds us that life is often a messy journey complete with smiles, tears, happiness, and heartbreak.
Itis set on the idyllic island of Cyprus and takes us into the lives of two main families who on the surface seem to have it all, great relationships, beautiful houses, and good kids, but over the course of one hot summer marriages will be tested, secrets will be revealed, love will be found, love will be ...more
I’m a big big big fan of Riley’s The Seven Sisters series, so I’m extremely disappointed that this is my first experience with one of her standalones. I've read mixed reviews and some note that this might be one of Riley's weakest, so I do very hope that's the case.
I really could’ve done without another book full of toxic masculinity and stereotypical characters. Apart from the fact that this story is predictable on every level and shouldn’t be almost ...more
I don't know how to review this, some places it catches me and some places it just felt like...a long text of blah. I did not feel as much as i did in those other Lucinda Riley books i have read and i got the vibe that i had read this before somewhere. Somethings in the books was alike a book I've read before, and it annoyed me to the bone. It took time to finish this and well, i'm glad i finished it but i hopes it was more to the story than...well, what it showed me. Sadly it was not ...more
I have a couple of friends who absolutely love Lucinda Riley. I have never tried any of her books and at our last Book Club, they convinced me to take one. I picked this one. Finished it in 3 days (yes I do work and have a life, it just reads sooooo easy)
Nothing memorable here, it was just another fluffy story. But the characters were well developed, especially Alex and I do love ...more
A very satisfying read. Beautifully written with wonderful fully fleshed out characters. There are several storylines: love, sadness, deceit, suspense. All characters were woven into very satisfying conclusions. No loose ends, although I would have loved for the story to have gone on and on. I highly recommend this novel!
I don't even know where to start. Was there anything I liked? I'm really struggling to find ...more
The action is mainly set in 2006 but also fast forwards ten years at the beginning and the end. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with thirteen year old Alex as some of the tale is in the form of his diary. We get glimpses into the mind of a quiet studious child on the cusp of adulthood. He ...more
The Olive Tree follows the family of Helena as they go on a summer vacation in Cyprus. Lucinda Riley creates intriguing character dynamics in The Olive Tree and focuses on character development rather than a sweeping story spanning the decades.
This book is a perfect summer read. Since the book ...more
Now a mother to Alex and wife to William the house in Cyprus promises to live up to its name. As Helena opens up Pandora, restoring it to its former glory – a Pandora’s box threatens to open and spill the ...more
One of the narrators is 13 year old Alex and I thought he'd be a major stumbling block; how can the thoughts of a precocious teenage boy have any relevance to a typical dual-timeline story? But I was wrong, he made this book, I adored him!
Alert: keep tissues handy when reading.
I listened to the audio version, and Lucinda Riley is also the narrator for most of the parts-- except for Alex. I thought Lucinda did a decent job as narrator, but her male voices weren't my favorite (sorry). Alex's voice was brilliant narrated and it endeared me, even more, to his character.
Helena actually irritated me for a long time. ...more
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty five languages and sold twenty million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.
Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the ...more