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The Olive Branch Audiobook

The Olive Branch

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Publisher's Summary

Escape to Italy with The Olive Branch. The irresistibly romantic new novel from Jo Thomas, award-winning author of ebook runaway bestseller The Oyster Catcher.

It's amazing what you can buy online these days: memorabilia, fashion accessories, a crumbling Italian farmhouse...

After a Prosecco-fuelled girls' night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online - and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what Ruthie needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum's settee.

But arriving in Southern Italy, Ruthie doesn't know the first thing about running an olive farm. And with new neighbours, the tempestuous Marco Bellanouvo and his fiery family to contend with, all Ruthie wants is to go back home.

Life can change with the click of a mouse. But all good things - friendship, romance, and even the olive harvest - take time to grow. Can Ruthie finally put the past to rest and find her own piece of the Dolce Vita along the way?

©2015 Jo Thomas (P)2015 Headline Digital

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    Jane 10-09-15
    Jane 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable diversion but lacks some bite"

    I liked this, but did not love it - though the reviews had promised a lot and I had high hopes. I thought the writer spent too much time inside the narrator's head, often listing her every thought. There was not enough time on setting the scene or giving us a sense of the wider context. Things happened but it was like we were missing their substance. A lot of telling goes on here - and it is sadly too easy to track the predictable pathway to the end. Fine for the beach.

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    Connie 09-14-15
    Connie 09-14-15
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    "For fans of house flipping AND cooking shows!"

    I started to read this story looking for a good romance novel, and there is romance, don't take me wrong, but I really stayed for the home projects and the yummy food descriptions. I finished the novel torn between grabbing a hammer and a screwdriver or cooking some Italian dish with lots of olive oil. You can't go wrong with Italian cooking, Italian hunks and lots of home renovation projects of a nice Italian villa! Fantasies galore!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 09-19-15
    Robin 09-19-15

    Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!

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    "3 1/2 stars"

    This was a sweet, relaxing listen. Not shallow, not deep, but charming in that British way. I would recommend as a good, light read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 09-16-15
    Brenda 09-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    The best book on Audible that I have listened to so far.
    The reader is so full of life and emotion. Love her voice. Excellent!!

    It felt as if I was part of the story. Right there in Italy amongst the olive gardens and walking inside her treasure of a home. To hear the laughter of a large extended Italian family. Absolutely beautifully written.

    I look forward to other books by Jo Thomas. Highly recommend this to every woman out there who dreams of taking a chance on life and love.
    I also look forward to other books narrated by Rachel Atkins. She has a fabulous reading voice. Thank you for this magnificent adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    triciaimel Frisco, tx, US 07-31-15
    triciaimel Frisco, tx, US 07-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "simply loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes..the narrator was wonderful and the writing made me feel as if I was in Italy. I had to bring myself back to Texas every time I stopped listening!


    What does Rachel Atkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was great!! She made the story come ALIVE.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a nice summer listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 07-03-15
    Stephanie 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like Eating a Good Italian Meal"
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    This was an enjoyable story. The description of Italy made me feel like I was there. Well drawn characters that kept me interested and involved.<br/><br/>The narrator did a fine job - but felt she was mis-cast. The character is a 29 year old and the narrator had a more mature voice. Her reading ultimately was well done - but it was hard to connect her voice to a 29 year old woman.<br/><br/>In the end it was very satisfying like a lovely Italian meal with a nice glass of Rose!

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    barbara Brookside, Australia 04-11-15
    barbara Brookside, Australia 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A lovely story, slightly predictable ending"
    What did you love best about The Olive Branch?

    The whole story was engaging and well written. Lots of detail about the lifestyle and food in Italy. Realistic characters, beautiful setting, hilarious power struggles between the newcomer and the locals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The accuracy and descriptiveness of the lifestyle in Italy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The roof - I will say no more so as not to spoil the story - however, the whole saga of the roof is just so accurate for that part of the world!


    If you could rename The Olive Branch, what would you call it?

    Finding La Dolce Vita :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody in Minneapolis 01-21-17
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    "2 HOURS LATER and still BORED"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A voice that fit the character. A character worth wanting to know more about.


    Any additional comments?

    Bored, moving on. I was hoping this was going to be like Under The Tuscan Sun but I didn't care, I couldn't bear to listen any longer.

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    Leisha AUST 07-02-16
    Leisha AUST 07-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!

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    "Disappointed .. got to the end but nothing special"

    Looking at other reviews, it seems i'm in the minority as i didnt actually enjoy this book. Easy enough to understand, drunk woman buys house via Ebay in Italy, moves there, has issues with the neighbours who owned the house beforehand, cute Italian guy, makes a bet she'll stay or go, love hate relationship, has olive trees which need harvesting... there was just never any surprises and i knew exactly what to expect. Great narration though!

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    Karen Chatsworth, GA, United States 04-18-16
    Karen Chatsworth, GA, United States 04-18-16 Member Since 2010
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    "What a lovely story!"

    I just finished The Olive Branch for the second time. I am one that listens to her books several times each. As it neared the end it was just too hard not to shed a few tears. What a story! The characters, the story, the new beginnings and even the ends were magnificence. Stole away and lose yourself in an adventure.

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  • Pipsicalpopsicle
    4/5/15
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    "A transporting romance"

    Loved this audiobook, ok so you might be able to guess the kind of story line but its full of humour, charm and makes you feel as if you are in Italy too!
    Loved the authors way of description about things and the general feel is great. Wasn't sure I was going to get on with the narrator to start with but after 10 minutes I was hooked.
    Just lovely!

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  • Carol Stewart
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    "Loved it !!!!"

    I now want to find a gorgeous italian and live in Italy just loved this story !!!!!

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  • bodytone
    7/31/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Good story , well read , funny and written from the heart, I liked the feel of what it's like to start a new life

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  • missy
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    6/28/15
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    "loved it"

    I loved this story. lovely and light. easy to listen to. interesting and intreguing. I can see myself in it.

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  • Joyful Jo
    3/26/17
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    "Transported to Italy- loved it!"

    An absolutely delicious treat! I devoured this book. I was transported back to Italy in a heartbeat. The succulent tomatoes & olive groves. I can't wait to visit again in the summer! A beautiful love story with a powerful, yet vulnerable female protagonist. Jo always captures your heart & you fall in love with the characters. I loved it & now feel bereft that it's over. Thanks Jo

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  • Miss Ingrid Giovino
    3/19/17
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    "Easy reading"

    This story is a nice and easy going one. if predictable, however Jo's writing and attention to detail of taste,smells and surroundings are what makes this book.

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  • neville
    9/25/16
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    "Worth a listen. It is a light hearted story of escapism to try a new life (which I am sure we have all thought about)."

    That's s us a story of escaping to Italy to try and make a new start. I would think mainly appeals to women. Light hearted and entertaining.

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  • Agnieszka Bania
    1/28/16
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    "Really funny, sweet and full of Italian charm!"
    If you could sum up The Olive Branch in three words, what would they be?

    Really funny, sweet and full of Italian charm! A light-hearted, feel good read


    What other book might you compare The Olive Branch to, and why?

    n/a


    What about Rachel Atkins’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant impersonations and Italian accent, really funny!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed the whole way through


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Runner 10
    12/28/15
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    "Enjoyably realistic"

    Well written and well read. The main character 'ruthie ' demonstrates how complex and frightening starting a new life can be. She inspires and frustrates you as she takes you on her journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GRAVESEND, United Kingdom
    10/2/15
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    "A feel good book"

    An easy listen and uplifting. I wish I was as brave as the lead character...would love to follow that dream!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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