It has been 24 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.
At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed....
©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
The character of Alex was definitely my favourite. He was very amusing and Harry was the perfect narrator. I found myself chuckling.
Chloe was pretty unbelivable. A little one dimensional and her father was a bit of a sap, but I did enjoy this book.
It is a good summer read although I found it a little unbelievable that the family left Pandora empty for so many years. I would want to return yearly.
"Best Lucinda Riley Book - Perfect Summer Read"
This is now my favorite book by Lucinda Riley. Prior to reading The Olive Tree, my favorite Lucinda Riley book was The Seven Sisters. But Riley's new contemporary novel quickly stole the place of favorite.
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. Set it Cyprus with a tropical locale this book is perfect to read poolside. The drama will keep you captivated throughout with plenty of twists and turns.
I'm an avid reader of Lucinda Riley's book and the first few chapters I thought I had this one all figured out. But I turned out to be wrong and was pleasantly surprised with the twists in store.
"A Different Style"
I waited anxiously for another book from one of my favorite authors. This book is a family drama which is totally different from previous books by Lucinda Riley. It was well written but not just what you would expect as her other books. I do not care for family dramas very much. It almost is a different genre than the others that were more historical fiction .
"Nice, easy listen, cute story"
Nice storyline. Sweet characters. Narrator was good except for the one American voice he tried to do. Thank goodness that person only had a few lines. It was ghastly!
"Enjoyable but not my favorite"
I was drawn in by the plot however I felt like the authors world-views skewed every character. The plot and decisions made by each character seemed unrealistic and pretty outlandish. I had a difficult time finding a character I liked and respected.
Nice family drama that keeps the listener wanting to know what happened. Written with scill and humour. I have ready all of Lucindas books, and though this differs a bit from the others IT is just AS good a book. Love the fact that Lucinda and her son narrated this themselves- and did a splendid job too!
"Pass on This One"
I have read all of Ms. Riley's books and it was all I could do to finish this one. Very flat story and characters until the last couple of chapters. Wasn't like her other books. Just droned on. Pass on this one and save the credit.
"Standing ovation - bravo!"
This book is published under two titles: The Olive Tree and Helena's story.
The first book I read of this talented author was Hot House Flowers. Eagerly I searched for more stories and have consistently loved her work. Entranced by the Seven Sisters series, this book appeared unexpectedly.
What courage it takes to depart from a tried and true genre. The Olive Tree still leaves me wanting more.
Truly this book illustrates both literally and verbally the depth of her talents.
Narrated by Lucinda Riley herself and her son - the story takes us to Cyprus as we join a family on their summer holidays. All families have secrets and secrets are bound to come out.
If Lucinda ever decided she wanted a career change - she'd be snapped up as a narrator in a heartbeat. Her son does a superb job as well. Truly would love to spend a meal with such a talented and vivacious family.
Made me tired. A depressing story that lacked any real substance. Not what I was expecting from LR.
"Not her best work"
I suggest listening to her other titles. This story was flat and not as intriguing or complex as some of her other work.
Really a different story for Lucinda. I loved it. I loved the location. I loved the family and I loved the story.
"how I loved this book."
This book for me was a slow burn, but after a few chapters, I was hooked. The bit at the end with Lucinda & Harry are also really interesting
"not the best"
story was ok narrator was far too upper class . not the best listen, disappointing.
"Could have been so much better"
The accents are all 'frightfully posh darling' and it is grating to listen to, I only I suffered on as the story seemed intriguing. But for the greatest part of the book nothing happens! What I found amazing is that what is imagined in the characters thoughts is more exciting than what actually happens in the story. The suggested truth to the big puzzle of the story could have been so much more exciting than the eventual far fetched explanation. I've about 3hrs to go but I don't think I'll make it.
at the beginning of the book I felt I could have easily not finished it....but by the end I was hooked and didnt want it to end and I miss the characters and what is happening in their lives
Harry was a very good narrator unfortunately Lucinda's narratives I found very irritating and wooden
"Could have been much better"
It was difficult to get into this book but once I did it was a good story with interesting characters. The one thing I hated was the constant use of blasphemy. I have read many books with great stories, gripping plots, and interesting characters without the constant use of bad language and blasphemy in particular. To me this was a good read spoiled and if this is the style of writing that Lucinda Riley is going to use in her future books, I for one will not be buying them.
Lucinda Riley is my all time favourite author. This book was very good with characters you felt you had met in real life. I laughed out loud at observations in his teenage diary very fun especially with Harry's voice added to them. However I don't think it was as good as Lucinda's historical more classical books such as 'Hothouse' etc....
Lucinda and Harry's narration was fantastic.
This is definitely worth a read as I enjoyed it, however I think you have spoilt me Lucinda. Please more of your historical magical books.
"fantastic page turner"
mystery secrets lies etc and love lost and found. I loved it. written in past and present.
"Evocative and beautiful story"
Lucinda Riley describes Cyprus beautifully and one can just imagine being there. The story is about seemingly perfect people but who in fact have flaws and secrets just like the rest of us!
Alex because he told his part of the story from his point of view in a witty and amusing way
Although Lucinda's reading was lovely in her very melodious voice and she had a good try at the other voices too, I thought Harry Whittaker's way of reading the story was spot on for a love struck teenaged boy and he put a lot of humour into his reading which made it very enjoyable.
It did make me laugh quite a few times, mainly Alex's part and I felt emotional and very happy when he and Viola got together at the end.
I just love all Lucinda Riley's books and this was on a par with all her others I have read, or listened to although I still think the audio version of Midnight Rose is her very best. I can't wait to read or listen to her third book in the Seven Sisters series.
Absolutely awful performance. What a shame!
No as couldn't bear the performance.
Ms. Riley's books are usually marvellous. Please go back to previous performers!
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