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
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.
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!
Loved this story by Lucinda Riley.
It is different to her usual stories but I enjoyed the drama and the characterisations. Lucinda always has a way of bringing the threads of a story together and this didn't disappoint. I would definitely listen to another contemporAry book by this writer.
In print, Yes. But as a sound recording definitely NOT
I enjoyed the way in which the characters were interwoven.
Verbal presentation skills were woefully lacking.
Yes, it inspired me to not listen to anything else that Ms Riley reads.
I have just finished listening to The Olive Tree, by Lucinda Riley.
This is a excellent, stirring story, well written, but spoiled by the author. It is read by the author in such a pedestrian and toe curlingly awful manner as to make it bordering on the boring. That is a great shame. Whoever, at Audible, thought it would be a good idea to have Ms Riley read her own book made a grave mistake. She has skills as a writer but her ability to present her work vocally is non-existent. The book is read appallingly. It is a mystery how she could put so little emotion and intelligence into recording her own work.
Frequently, stress is laid upon the wrong word in a sentence causing it to lack any depth or emotion. Sometimes, stress is placed on the wrong syllable in a word, making it sound ridiculous; an example being 'BEEquest'. No, it's not a hunt for bees, it's the money left to a woman in her mother's will. She reads in such a disinterested manner, without appropriate inflection, that it strips all emotion from the narrative.
Effort at characterisation is minimal. The exception is when she has a go at a foreign accent, but all she achieves is to make the character sound bored or ridiculous. It takes more than adding a vowel to the end of a English word to make somebody sound Italian. Necessary pauses are missing and surrounding text blended into speech in a confusing way.
All-in-all this was a very disappointing purchase. I only persisted in listening as I liked the story and and wanted to hear the end, but even so, it was difficult to dispel my constant irritation with Ms Riley.
The male reader, the author's son, was a little better, but not much.
A bit different to lucinda Riley's usual books which I adore anyway.
I read it in two days and couldn't get enough of the story. I absolutely loved it. Well done lucinda and enjoyed the bit at the end too where her son interviews her.
Can't wait for her next book.
"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.
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!
"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 .
"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.
"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.
"Thank you Mrs Riley."
I'm really having a hard time finding flaws in mrs Riley's books... They're just unbelievably entertaining. Again I thought I was going to get tired of her jumping from one time period to another but I definitely love her style... I'm just ready for the next Lucinda Riley.
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