Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review: Sweet Olive by Judy Christie

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zondervan Publishing, via the BookSneeze Blogger Program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


I bet if you read the earlier Cookbook Review, you were wondering about this title weren't you?

Yup- secondary theme day- OLIVES! LOL

sweet olive cover



Synopsis:

Camille Gardner is trapped in the middle when a unique Southern town collides with the “outside world” and big oil.


A talented negotiator, Camille Gardner agrees to take on one last field assignment for her uncle before she settles down to pursue her real passion---working at an art gallery. But she’d rather be anywhere than Samford, Louisiana, the small southern town where she once spent the worst weeks of her life.

To fulfill the obligation she feels to her uncle, Camille needs to entice a group of rural landowners to sell their mineral rights---and allow use of their precious water for the drilling of natural gas. Instead, she finds herself drawn to the local folk art created by those same landowners and attracted to Marsh Cameron, the attorney representing the landowners.


The charming residents and the traditions of this small community leave Camille conflicted about her family obligations---and her own plans for the future. Perhaps she needs to give Samford a second chance.


Review:
 This is the first book in the Trumpet and Vine series! This is another book that I had a VERY hard time getting into, and I put it down numerous times, before making enough headway, where the story line really picked up. When you live in Louisiana, you learn about oil and oil rights, and I can think of a couple of towns that Samford is based on. This is pretty much a chick lit romance book- you can see the ending coming pretty much by midway, but it is an enjoyable read about the choices we make due to family obligations, and about not following one's true passion. Judy has an excellent way in bringing her characters to life, and this book is great for an enjoyable afternoon read.


About the Author:

Judy started her writing life by keeping a diary when she was nine-and still has all of them. A former newspaper editor and reporter, she blogs from her green kitchen couch at www.judychristie.com and loves visiting with readers at book clubs and online on Facebook and Twitter. Judy is also the author of the five-part Green series of novels, including "Gone to Green," set in the fictional Louisiana town of Green, and "Wreath," a novel about a 16-year-old girl who lives in a Central Louisiana junkyard after her mother dies.


Judy loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more and leads retreats and workshops on how to quit living frenzied and frazzled. Her popular "Hurry Less Worry Less" nonfiction series is filled with practical and encouraging tips. For more on Judy--and why she writes with a Louisiana flavor-check out her website!

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