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Truth about his real father When Helena meets her childhood sweetheart by chance a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealedThe number one international bestselle. This was a proper family saga and I really enjoyed it even though the plot took a few tangents that are arguably pointless The story kept me guessing and there were times especially at the end when I struggled to put it down A few of the characters seemed a bit too good to be true but overall I enjoyed it and will look for books by this author

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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 sp. Bailing on page 462 of 575 in my edition 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 600 pages long I just couldn t take the characters any I didn t need a 40 something year old man being absurdly obsessed with and jealous about the relationship his current wife had when she was 15 making her feel obliged to justify herself to him in the process Every man in this book feels authorized to comment on the actions of women as if these only concern them I didn t need the men in this book defining their wives worth first as wives then as mothers and last of all as women I also didn t need female characters like Jules blaming themselves for not having been good enough wives after episodes of insanely immature and irresponsible behavior on behalf of their husbands I didn t need an insufferable 13 year old narrator displaying misogynistic traits who felt compelled to imagine a future in which he fully controls his current love interest s actions God forbid she look at another man A narrator who later by the way enters the very delicate territory of homophobia I also didn t need so many men apologizing to each other for having stepped on their territory and by territory I mean their wives For the record this novel does not seem to intend to denounce these types of behaviors which are not OK at all The fact that all the men and all the women abide by these dynamics throughout the whole novel makes the characters feel flat and therefore extremely uninteresting A good story about past love and secrets can work just as well without the need to incorporate such toxic masculine discourses I just couldn t finish getting through this one

Summary The Olive Tree

End the summer there with her family Yet Helena knows that the idyllic beauty of Pandora masks a web of secrets she has kept from William her husband and Alex her son At the difficult age of thirteen Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother and growing up And eually he is desperate to learn the. 35 Stars One reader described this book as fluff but decent fluff LOL That is exactly what The Olive Tree was 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 easyNothing memorable here it was just another fluffy story But the characters were well developed especially Alex and I do love Lucinda Riley s writing style She s got a beautiful play with words Roughly everything can be summed up on page 570 Yes You can use this one as a doorstop as wellMy ten years worth of diary is merely a snapshot of small lives lived in a vast universe But they are our lives and our problems are big to us And if they weren t then I doubt humanity would still be around because as my mother so wisely said to me we have been granted the innate gift of hope


10 thoughts on “The Olive Tree

  1. says:

    Lighthearted mesmerizing and genuinely heartfeltThe Olive Tree is an engrossing tale that reminds us that life is often a messy journey complete with smiles tears happiness and heartbreakIt is set on the idyllic island of Cyprus and takes us

  2. says:

    Lucinda Riley is my absolute favourite author alongside Lesley Pearse I have loved everything she has written since her first book Hothouse Flower and each subseuent book has been brilliant and has showcased the incredible writing talents that Lucinda has I've never reviewed a book by Lucinda before I don't know why but given the opportunity to do so I jumped at the chance with this new book The Olive Tree Luc

  3. says:

    Bailing on page 462 of 575 in my edition I’m a big big big fan of Riley’s The Seven Sisters series so I’m extremely d

  4. says:

    15 starsI don't know how to review this some places it catches me and some places it just felt likea long text of

  5. says:

    I don't understand how this book has this rating on Goodreads I mean it's a soap opera One generation and we would have talked The Young and t

  6. says:

    35 Stars One reader described this book as fluff but decent fluff LOL That is exactly what The Olive Tree was 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 easyNothing memorable here it was just another fluffy story But the characters

  7. says:

    An excellent contemporary fiction novel set in Cyprus The setting was amazing and I felt like I could feel the heat and see the amazing views What was interesting was the book was told from two different view points One was from Helena the ex ballet dancer who has brought her family to her childhood vacation home in Cyprus that sh

  8. says:

    A beautiful brilliant novelA 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

  9. says:

    This was a proper family saga and I really enjoyed it even though the plot took a few tangents that are arguably p

  10. says:

    Lucinda Riley is such a good storyteller The plot of this stand alone novel was just complex enough to be intriguing without being over complicated I did have some issues with the novel for example the amount of freedom the parents gave to their teenage children but overall a really enjoyable story that wasn’t predictable

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