I have read all of Lucinda's books and have loved them all. Love the story, characters, twists and surprises. Such a talented writer. Can't wait to receive my third Storm Sister book at release time. Highly suggested author, excellent reads.
As with all of Lucinda Riley's books, her writing transports you to a different place and time, this time the setting is Cyprus. A departure from her sweeping epic historical fiction novels, the Olive Tree is a contemporary novel with family dynamics at the heart. It's equal parts poignant, witty, and dramatic, with a few secrets to be uncovered along the way. Helena and Alex are wonderful characters that I fell in love with. Highly recommend, especially if you need a Lucinda Riley "fix" while impatiently waiting for the Shadow Sister's release date.
I liked the twists in this story. At first you thought she would rekindle her romance with her childhood love and that he was the father of her son but then it continues on to others being a possibility and the story keeps you wondering who is the father. The characters are likable. Not only can Lucinda Riley write very well but she narrated the story very well and so did her son. Very enjoyable to listen to and a great story line too.
What a wonderful book! I loved the building of so many different characters. The emotion that is felt by several of the main characters brings tears to my eyes. They are real yet exotic. The heat of their environment and the beauty are so vivid you are there with them. It’s a building story. You are simply sucked into their lives and can’t put the book down but, want to find out what happens next. I loved this book.
This nail-biting story of a family who lives and loves in Cyprus and England will keep any reader spellbound as the fascinating story unfolds. Be warned this book is just as difficult to put down as any other by this author.
I have usually enjoyed Lucinda Riley books although some did have parts that were less well written than others. This latest one, to me, was more of a young adult type book where Alex, the 13 year old son, is telling the story in a typically immature voice through his diary entries in many chapters. Helena, his mother, is the typical drop dead beauty that everyone instantly falls in love with, and she really wasn't likable because she seemed clueless to why her life was so messed up. Because of these things, I ended up skimming just to see where everyone ended up. It was pretty predictable how they ended up. As a book for young adults, it might be good.
I have never read a Lucinda Riley book that I didn't like. The characters were represented well. There were secrets galore in the story. I recently visited Europe, so I enjoyed the setting. I never give away the plot so you will have to read yourself. In a little note To Ms Riley, if you are going to refer to God, there is only One.
I enjoyed the way the author shared the characters shadows as well as their light. Using a young intelligent boy and his personal diary to connect many complicated aspects of the story is clever. People who enjoy pondering human behavior and thought will enjoy the read.