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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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By Jane on 10-09-15

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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By Connie on 09-14-15

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!

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By Pipsicalpopsicle on 04-05-15

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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By Carol Stewart on 08-08-15

Loved it !!!!

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

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By Linden on 04-26-15

Narration doesn't fit

The book is exactly what you would think it is. I enjoyed it, but the narrator sounded much older than the character was.

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