Competition published on August 4, 2017.
A magical house. A momentous summer.
It has been twenty-four 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.
Yet, as soon as Helena arrives at Pandora, she knows that its idyllic beauty masks a web of secrets that she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, desperate to learn the truth about his real father . . .
When, by chance, Helena meets her childhood sweetheart, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora’s secrets have been revealed…
Reviewer Berwyn Peet says:
Other books by Lucinda Riley that I have read have had a historical background or covered several generations, but this one has a narrower focus and a more recent setting. Most of the story is set in the summer of 2006 on a summer holiday in Cyprus. What it does have in common with her other books, however, is that it is a compelling read as Lucinda Riley is such a good storyteller.
Helena is the linchpin of her extended family, but she has kept secrets from her husband and her son, Alex, who does not know who his biological father is. Gradually, over the holiday, as old friends appear, the secrets come out and relationships are threatened.
I found it a very satisfying read as the author takes time to let you get to know the characters and the novel has more depth and tackles more complex issues than you get in the usual type of light holiday read. Another aspect that differentiates it from the more Chick lit type of book is that some of the story is told through 13-year-old Alex’s diary. I wasn’t completely convinced by this as it sometimes reads like Adrian Mole and sometimes he seems far too wise for his age, but it adds an interesting and amusing dimension.
So, not quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot and think it would make a good choice for reading groups.
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About the author
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her novel Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House) was selected by the UK’s Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011 and has been translated into thirty-one languages and sold over eight million copies worldwide. She is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author.
Lucinda’s novels include The Seven Sisters, a seven-book series telling the story of adopted sisters and based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. Book 1, The Seven Sisters, and Book 2, The Storm Sister, have been No 1 bestsellers in Europe, and the rights to a multi-season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company. The Storm Sister has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy. To read about Lucinda’s inspiration behind The Seven Sisters series, please visit: www.thesevensistersseries.com
She is also rewriting and releasing a number of books originally published when writing under her maiden name of Lucinda Edmonds, including The Italian Girl, The Angel Tree and in 2017, The Love Letter.
Lucinda lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and West Cork, Ireland. When not writing, travelling or running around after her children, she loves reading books that she hasn’t written with a glass or two of Provençal rosé!
The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley, published on 27 July, 2017 by Pan, in paperback
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