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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karissa on 07-23-16

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elice Lehmann on 11-02-16

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!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-09-17

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

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By G T Scurr on 07-29-16

Mystery!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

In print, Yes. But as a sound recording definitely NOT

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way in which the characters were interwoven.

What didn’t you like about Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker ’s performance?

Verbal presentation skills were woefully lacking.

Did The Olive Tree inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to not listen to anything else that Ms Riley reads.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 12-14-16

Loved Harry Whittaker narrating this book.

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King on 03-22-18

Brilliant

Such a beautiful story, so fabulously written I could imagine myself right there watching the story unfold.

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