Una maravilla de historia.Tengo que decir que Lucinda Riley sigue sorprendi ndome, a pesar de estar escrita hace diez a os seg n comenta ella, es una historia que te atrapa enseguida, tenemos unos personajes muy reales y humanos, con sus defectos, con sus problemas y muchos secretos Secretos que en mayor o menor medida afectan a todos Me ha gustado mucho la forma en que est contada, transcurre en Pandora, una casa antigua situada en un pueblo de Chipre, entre vi edos y olivos y ha sido muy f cil imaginarlo todo, era como estar vi ndolos entrando y saliendo, en la piscina, en la playa, etc Al principio tenemos a lex que en 2016 llega a Pandora y al encontrar su viejo diario comienza a recordar lo que ocurri 10 a os atr s, en aquel verano y esta contado en primera persona, son unos meses de descubrimientos, situaciones dolorosas, un primer amor, recuerdos del pasado e incluso aventuras Me ha encantado su visi n de las cosas, es un ni o superdotado, pero a pesar de ello, no deja de ser un ni o y tener 13 a os, maduro para algunas cosas, pero para otras se ve su inocencia, su sarcasmo y tiene sentido del humor.Luego los cap tulos est n contados en tercera persona y de forma alternativa con el diario de Alex, se van sucediendo as hasta el final, cuando regresa a la actualidad de nuevo y a trav s de sus memorias nos cuenta lo ocurrido en estos ltimos 10 a os a todos los familiares y amigos incluido l.Creo que est muy bien documentada y ambientada, los lugares de ensue o, las costumbres, las leyendas y la mitolog a Helena es un personaje entra able, sufre mucho, arrastra muchos remordimientos y para m es una v ctima de todo, desde ni a Al igual que ella, est bien que Alex pase por lo mismo, que entienda que en ocasiones decir la verdad no es nada f cil y sus consecuencias Los personajes secundarios todos entra able Williams, se nota su gran amor por Helena y sus hijos, tiene temperamento y se enfada, pero es comprensivo y justo, tambi n me han sorprendido Alexis y Jules, demuestran su gran coraz n y ayudan en todo lo que pueden, aunque ella en alguna ocasi n me sacaba de mis casillas.No se si ser una nueva saga familiar, pero me encantar a, aunque todo queda muy bien cerrado y todo solucionado, quedo con ganas de saber de muchos de los personajes como Chloe o Michelle.He visto algunas cosas predecibles y otras me han sorprendido, pero en general, creo que es una historia imperdible, que te remueve, te hace pensar y so ar Ha sido de lo mejor que he le do en lo que llevamos de a o Lo recomiendo mucho. Secretul Helenei este cartea care te atrage ca un magnet Coperta este absolut fermec toare i vinovat Am iertat o pentru c derea mea n p cat pentru c am g sit n spatele ei o poveste care m a fermecat Nu este o carte extrem de complicat , ba chiar u or previzibil p n la un punct, dar, fiind un roman de atmosfer , reu e te s te atrag n mirajul pove tii, n mijlocul planta iilor viticole din nsoritul Cipru ehe, de ar fi fost numai lapte i miere prin carte, aproape a fi putut s o compar cu o vacan , una din aia care intr pe furi la suflet i i aduce n albumul de neuitat numai amintiri bune de p strat.https ancasicartile.wordpress.com 2 Lucinda Riley is my absolute favourite author alongside Lesley Pearse I have loved everything she has written since her first book Hothouse Flower and each subsequent book has been brilliant and has showcased the incredible writing talents that Lucinda has I ve never reviewed a book by Lucinda before I don t know why but given the opportunity to do so I jumped at the chance with this new book The Olive Tree Lucinda is in the middle of writing her Seven Sisters series so for a second book within a year to be published is a real treat for her legions of fans and keeps us going while we await publication of The Shadow Sister in November This is the first time that Lucinda has stepped away from books with a big sweeping historical background or one hundred year time span I adore these kind of books even so when they are written by Lucinda and instead focuses on a family holiday over one ho , long summer in Cyprus staying in a house our main female protagonist Helena has inherited from her godfather Angus Lucinda mentions in the acknowledgements that this was a book that she first started writing 10 years ago while on a family holiday and then she left it but last year discovered a draft in her desk and decided to rework it This was a brave step for the author to do as she has become synonymous for her historical fiction and the current series she is working on When I pick up a book by Lucinda Riley I normally know what to expect and get swept away in the world and the cast of characters she has created I ll be honest I was apprehensive that I wouldn t enjoy this book as much simply because it didn t have the historical element and I wasn t sure how she would approach a modern story Admittedly it took me a while to settle into the story as I kept looking for the flashbacks to the past entwined with solving the mystery in the present but then I began to ease into the story and really this is just as good as anything Lucinda has written before.The Olive Tree is quite hefty at nearly 600 pages but I did read it in two sittings so absorbed did I become in the story For once I really did feel as if I was transported from windswept Ireland to the warm, humid, languid, restless days on the island of Cyprus in the house called Pandora clearly named after the Greek legend As Helena and her family arrive for their extended summer holiday will Pandora s box open and spill forth secrets that Helena has kept to herself for so many years for fear of causing so much upset and upheaval or will the box remain closed Well it wouldn t have been much of a story if the lies and secrets didn t come to the surface but it is the manner in which they do so that makes this book a deeply satisfying read Tantalising hints are dropped throughout, nothing is ever rushed as Lucinda gives her readers an overall view of the holiday and background to the characters and thoughts and actions There are numerous characters to introduce and initially I felt there were too many for the reader to focus on but really they soon all become important players with something to add no matter how major or minor The book opens in the present day as Alex returns to the Pandora after last visiting over ten years ago for what proved to be an eventful life changing summer Alex is alone at the house but people are due to arrive The author sets up the story nicely describing the house itself and the surrounding countryside and gives us time to get to know Alex You feel another momentous event is about to happen but you have no idea as to what it could be As Alex spends the night alone he retreats to the broom cupboard sized room that he called his own during that fateful summer and here he discovers the diary he kept during that time The diary may have languished on a shelf for ten years but once Alex starts reading it is like the years slipped away and he is back there present in that fateful summer when revelations changed everything he believed to be true.Lucinda then takes us back to the summer of 2006 as Helena and her family arrive on the island Helena had spent some time there with her godfather Angus but has not returned for many years She begins to wonder despite inheriting the house is there a reason why now at this point in time everyone is gathering Will things she has kept to herself come to light, things that will devastate those who hear what Helena has kept close to her chest for so many years Helena was a likeable character and I thought she was a wonderful mother to Alex who is on the cusp of becoming a teenager as well as her two children by husband William Immy 5 and Fred 3 She did everything for everybody else, no didn t ever enter into her vocabulary and she welcomed the many visitors to the house maybe not with open arms but with some acceptance I wouldn t have wanted my husbands best friends family foisted on me when I am on my own personal family holiday Sacha, Julie and their children Rupes and Viola weren t the nicest of people and I wondered were they token characters we were supposed to dislike from the outset but as I have mentioned every character needs to be kept an eye on Even though outside appearances suggest Helena is happy with her life there was something eating away at her on the inside and the reappearance of old flame Alexis sets her mind racing even I have to say that Immy simply stole every scene she was in and even though she was five she had a wise yet very funny side to her that had me chuckling away to myself throughout the book I couldn t wait to read what she would come out with next As for Alex he seemed mysterious and I wondered what he could be hiding What really sets this book apart from anything else out there at the moment is Alex s diary Entries are slotted throughout almost after each chapter and my god the writing was just amazing I even got my phone out and took a picture of a few lines that really struck a chord with me Even though Alex is only just entering the teenage stage of his life he has been assessed as gifted and it comes across in the writing Everything he was witnessing, observing, feeling and partaking in was written down in such a sharp way We really got inside Alex s head and understood his views on everything that was unfolding and it gave a really different slant to the entire story One of the main questions Alex has amongst all the confusion flashing through his brain not to mention having to deal with the intolerable Rupes or the fact that his step sister Chloe is making an appearance is the fact that he has never known who is biological dad is Alex feels he is inching ever closer to the truth and now is the time when Helena can t keep things secret any I thought this was going to be all run of the mill and turn into a bit of a clich but Lucinda proved she is the master of suspense and twists and turns and not revealing things immediately as I thought I had it all sussed out early on I was afraid the reveal would come to soon and where could the book possibly go then but no I couldn t have been wrong and the truth left me open mouthed but then annoyed at the repercussions for others I have to say Alex was my favourite character and usually it s the female characters I identify easily with so it s testament to the fantastic, skilful writing of the author that she made me feel every bit of Alex s pain and the unjustness of what he was discovering.I was worried The Olive Tree was simply going to be the usual story of what happens when a family goes on holiday similar to that of books I had read last year by Fanny Blake and Catherine Alliott They were only OK reads but Lucinda Riley wrote a book with such depth and substance tackling so many issues and dealing with them in a sensitive yet enthralling way so much so that towards the end I couldn t turn the pages quick enough in order to discover the final outcome This story goes beyond a family holiday merely it is the trigger which brings characters and situations together and presents them with no other option but to confront what they have been internally battling and somehow deal with the repercussions Past and present do collide but at some stage this needed to happen as keeping things locked away inside will just cause hurt and pain for all involved This book proved to be a real treasure and I took so much from it and I am glad that I did as I would have been bitterly disappointed if this didn t live up to the remarkable back catalogue of books that I have always loved and which made Lucinda a favourite author of mine Lucinda had already proven she can do historical fiction to an excellent standard but now she has shown contemporary novels are quite clearly her forte too I wouldn t hesitate to recommend The Olive Tree to buy and read this summer Roll on November for the next installment in the Seven Sisters as I just can t get enough of the writing from Lucinda. Bailing on page 462 of 575 in my edition I m a big big big fan of Riley s The Seven Sisters series, so I m extremely disappointed that this is my first experience with one of her standalones I ve read mixed reviews and some note that this might be one of Riley s weakest, so I do very hope that s the case I really could ve done without another book full of toxic masculinity and stereotypical characters Apart from the fact that this story is predictable on every level and shouldn t be almost 600 pages long, I just couldn t take the characters any I didn t need a 40 something year old man being absurdly obsessed with and jealous about the relationship his current wife had when she was 15 , making her feel obliged to justify herself to him in the process Every man in this book feels authorized to comment on the actions of women as if these only concern them I didn t need the men in this book defining their wives worth first as wives, then as mothers, and last of all, as women I also didn t need female characters like Jules blaming themselves for not having been good enough wives after episodes of insanely immature and irresponsible behavior on behalf of their husbands I didn t need an insufferable 13 year old narrator displaying misogynistic traits who felt compelled to imagine a future in which he fully controls his current love interest s actionsGod forbid she look at another man. A narrator who later, by the way, enters the very delicate territory of homophobia I also didn t need so many men apologizing to each other for having stepped on their territory, and by territory, I mean their wives For the record, this novel does not seem to intend to denounce these types of behaviors, which are not OK at all The fact that all the men and all the women abide by these dynamics throughout the whole novel makes the characters feel flat and therefore, extremely uninteresting A good story about past love and secrets can work just as well without the need to incorporate such toxic masculine discourses I just couldn t finish getting through this one. Ein eher untypisches Buch f r mich, aber erstens hat mich das Cover total angesprochen und ich wollte endlich mal ein Buch von Lucinda Riley lesen Die Geschichte wird aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erz hlt, man liest viel aus der Sicht des Sohnes, der zwar manchmal recht altklug erscheint, aber eben doch viele kindliche Z ge hat Anfangs hatte ich Schwierigkeiten die vielen Personen auseinander zu halten, das wurde im Laufe der Story ein wenig besser Das Geheimnis, das im Buchtitel versprochen wird, wird tats chlich aufgel st, wobei ich anfangs auf einer total falschen Spur war Das Buch ist insgesamt recht gut, ich w rde es aber eher als leichte Strand und Sommerlekt re empfehlen. Una novela bien escrita, donde vamos descubriendo poco a poco los secretos de Helena respecto de su pasado A ratos me ha parecido que alargaba la historia demasiado, pero es entretenida y se lee sola As que ha cumplido su funci n. Dieses Buch macht richtig Lust, auf Zypern Ferien zu machen Pandora, das Ferienhaus, wird so wunderbar idyllisch beschrieben, dass ich mich gleich dorthin gew nscht habe Und erst das beschriebene griechische Essen einen Traum ich hatte nonstop Hunger Die Geschichte an sich war sehr ruhig und lud zu gem tlichen Lesestunden ein Es war ganz sch n, obwohl ich etwas anderes erwartet habe Ich habe n mlich von der Autorin Das M dchen auf den Klippen gelesen, welches ein f nf Sterne Buch war und ich w hrend des Lesens Rotz und Wasser geheult habe Aber dennoch hat mir auch Helenas Geheimnis gefallen.Ich mochte es, dass so viele Figuren vorkamen Und da das Buch doch einige Seiten umfasst, hatte man genug Zeit, diese alle kennenzulernen Es waren so viele unterschiedliche und authentische Charaktere dabei.Die Story war, wie bereits oben erw hnt, sehr ruhig Es war wirklich nicht die ultimative Spannung vorhanden, aber der Charme von Zypern machte das wieder wet Ich verstand wirklich nicht, warum Helena ihr erstes Geheimnis nach zehn Jahren Ehe ihrem Mann nicht erz hlen konnte Also, wenn das Vertrauen nicht da ist, dann sagt das schon etwas ber die Qualit t der Beziehung aus Ich verstehe, dass man so etwas nicht zu Beginn gleich erz hlt, aber nach zehn Jahren wenn man bereits zusammen eine Familie gegr ndet hat Andererseits war ich nie in solch einer Situation und sollte deshalb nicht dar ber urteilen Was ich brigens auch sehr speziell fand, war, dass eine 14 J hrige in einem fremden Land mit einem fremden 19 J hrigen bis um 1 Uhr in der Nacht von einer Bar zur n chsten ziehen durfte Also das fand ich wirklich speziell Ansonsten alles in allem eine sch ne Geschichte Ich habe richtig Lust, noch mehr B cher von Lucinda Riley zu lesen. Mmmhhh f r mich der schw chste Roman von Riley Als erstes muss ich sagen, dass ich ein riesen Riley Fan bin und bis jetzt jedes Buch gelesen, nein sogar verschlungen habe Leider war es bei diesem Buch nicht so An was es lag Diese Story ist extrem kinderlastig, die Tagebucheintr ge von Alex sind zwar s ss und eine nette Idee aber ich vermisste die Geschichte in der Geschichte Es ging mir zu viel um Pommes, Mami hier und Mami da Die bekannte Riley Tragik fehlte irgendwie Die Geschichte itself konnte mich nicht richtig faszinieren aber ich bin berzeugt, dass das n chste Buch wieder sehr gut wird es kann ja nicht jedes Buch ein Knaller sein, daher trotzdem 3 Sterne. Lighthearted, mesmerizing, and genuinely heartfelt The Olive Tree is an engrossing tale that reminds us that life is often a messy journey complete with smiles, tears, happiness, and heartbreak.It is set on the idyllic island of Cyprus and takes us into the lives of two main families who on the surface seem to have it all, great relationships, beautiful houses, and good kids, but over the course of one hot summer marriages will be tested, secrets will be revealed, love will be found, love will be lost, and lives will be changed forever.The prose is expressive, sincere, and smooth The characters are charming, multi layered, and alluring And the plot is a wonderful, contemporary mix of life, love, coming of age, humour, family dynamics, deception, and mystery that starts in the present, takes you back 10 years in the past, and finishes when the past and present collides.There are only a few authors that no matter the theme or size of the book their stories are always filled with magical characters I can t get enough of and stories that are so atmospheric and vivid I m entertained, enthralled and swept away and Lucinda Riley is one of them She has the incredible ability to take her innate knowledge of all the psychological and emotional entanglements found in nuclear families and weave them into a story you can t put down I absolutely loved this book and will now try my hardest to patiently await her next release.Thank you to PGC Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at better than books. It Is Said That Anyone Who Comes To Stay At Pandora For The First Time Will Fall In Love It Has Been 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 , 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
Lucinda EdmondsLucinda 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 books have been translated into over thirty five languages and sold twenty million copies worldwide She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation The first five books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister, The Pearl Sister and The Moon Sister have all been No.1 bestsellers across the world, and the rights to a multi season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company.
- 400 pages
- The Olive Tree
- Lucinda Riley
- 02 April 2018 Lucinda Riley