You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse.
Yet as she battles with a territorial goat and torrential rain just to get through the door of her new Italian home, the words of Ed, her ex, are ringing in her ears. She is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.
But Ruthie is determined to turn things around and live the dream.
First, though, she must win over her fiery neighbour, Marco Bellanouvo, and his tempestuous family…and then there’s the small matter of running an olive farm. As the seasons change and new roots are put down, olives and romance might just flourish in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.
The Olive Branch is simply a must read.
From the first line I knew it was going to be good and from the first page to the last Jo Thomas kept me gleefully entertained. I feel as though I have made a new best friend.
I loved Ruthie and her bravery, her humour and her sassiness, if I could be a book character I would choose her.
Ruthie has bought an Italian home, after the breakdown of her marriage, on a whim she moves lock stock and barrel only to find that the family of the previous owner of Masseria Ballanuovo do not not approve and certainly were not consulted of the sale. He has now unfortunately died, so cannot be held accountable for his wild actions.
Ruthie’s settling in and consequent ‘adventures’ are a joy to read, this book is funny and entertaining. It is a brilliantly written novel, warm and inviting, and I lived and breathed this tale for a whole joyous day. I could not put The Olive Branch down.
Her new found friends Lou, Daphne the goat and the grey cat with kittens all help her decide what she wants from her new life, and with Marco, Ryan and Ed, each of whom have their faults, the only question to be asked is, what to do, what to do……
I am not ashamed to say that I read the last ten or chapters with tears, such the enormity of emotion in this book. It is such a wonderful tale and is a book that will have a permanent place on my bookshelf…. una lettura sorprendente