For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past thirteen years in France with her husband Michel.
"An enjoyable listen"
After 16 months of travelling round the Mediterranean in search of the ancient secrets of the olive tree, Carol returns to her beloved olive farm in the south of France. However, the homecoming celebrations are overshadowed by disturbing discoveries.
"Tried but just couldn't get into it!"
Returning to their home after an extended absence, Carol and her husband Michel are looking forward to summer together on the farm. A shocking blow leaves Carol alone and the future is uncertain. Feeling isolated and with no olives to harvest, Carol ventures beyond the farm to explore other aspects of Provencal life.
Genevieve Bowles, an award-winning songwriter, is invited to visit the newly refurbished Hotel Paradise. Genevieve knows the hotel well - in fact, her past life there has haunted her for over a decade.... Twelve years earlier, two travelers meet in Paris. Full of optimism, Genevieve and Paul head south to the Riviera, where they start work at the Hotel Paradise. But when a stranger arrives who threatens her future with Paul, Genevieve senses that events are about to spin out of control.
Striking, raven-haired Cecile produces the finest lemons on the Riviera. Her ice creams and lemonades, sold at her stall at Cannes market, are as renowned as the Mediterranean city itself. But Cecile is a woman with a secret. When she was nineteen, Cecile travelled south to a lemon festival on the borders of Italy and France. But she was not anticipating the enigmatic Italian who offered her a future....
The Olive Tree charts Carol Drinkwater's colourful and often dangerous journey in search of the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries. Set during a springtime Mediterranean that is evocative and perennial, it is above all a tale of our time.
"tough to follow and listen to"
The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family's magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame - her daughter-in-law, Jane. Forced to take charge of the ailing vineyard, Jane uncovers proof that Luc may not be the man she fell in love with 20 years ago. And, worse still, she knows that her old enemy, Clarisse, is the only one who knows the truth....
Since Carol Drinkwater moved to an olive farm in France, she has developed a passion for the olive tree and the culture that has grown up around it. From the eastern shores of the shimmering Mediterranean to its western coast, this fruit is farmed. Its silvery-green branches have inspired painters and poets, but who first pressed its "bitter berry" and transformed it into liquid gold? In search of its secrets and traditions, Carol embarked on a solo adventure round the Mediterranean basin.
Available for the first time as an audiobook from the best-selling My Story series, The Hunger is the exciting tale of a girl swept up in the fight for a free and fair Ireland, set at the time of the Potato Famine. It's 1845, and blight has destroyed the precious potato crop leaving Ireland starving. Phyllis works hard to support her struggling family, but when her mother's health deteriorates she sets off in search of her rebel brother and is soon swept up in Ireland's fight for freedom....
After a devastating car accident, Carole escapes from an oppressive marriage in England to begin again in rural France. Yet she is haunted by the knowledge that Paul, her husband, has tracked her down before...and will do his best to do it again. Afraid to share her fears with her new neighbours, Carole nonetheless finds herself drawn to a local farmer, who helps her to create a new and independent life. But then she learns that Paul is on her trail and closing in fast....
Molly is bright, energetic and has just won a scholarship to a prestigious private school in France. But her world is turned upside down by the sudden discovery that her parents are to be divorced. Believing that she can reunite the family by taking matters into her own hands, she runs away from school and becomes involved in a series of turbulent adventures. Things don't turn out quite as Molly had planned - but her experiences teach her to face the world on new, more realistic terms.