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alicia.justadh, January 15, 2013 (view all comments by alicia.justadh)
I received an ARC and couldn't wait to pass it along to others to enjoy! I love the characters and how Courtney made me see myself in all of them!
I sure hope she's busy writing another one so we can love it just as much!
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notions11, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by notions11)
The characters in this novel come to life and stay with you long after you retire the book. The stories of the 5 generations of Keller women, sharing Hill House is poignant and humorous. As in real life , each woman has things from her past which they would like to keep secret, stories left better untold at least each Keller generations thinks. However, as their lives are revealed their bonds are strengthened and everyone one has a story which forgiveness can overcome. If you like Oprah's book club, you will love this novel.
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notions11, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by notions11)
The characters in this novel come to life and stay with you long after you retire the book. The stories of the 5 generations of Keller women, sharing Hill House is poignant and humorous. As in real life , each woman has things from her past which they would like to keep secret, stories left better untold at least each Keller generations thinks. However, as their lives are revealed their bonds are strengthened and everyone one has a story which forgiveness can overcome. If you like Oprah's book club, you will love this novel.
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Silvers Reviews, June 17, 2012 (view all comments by Silvers Reviews)
Olives, Olive Oil, longevity.....sounds like it could be true to me. The Keller women had worked in the olive orchards for generations, and Anna, who was 112, claimed the longevity was because of the family's "love" of the olives....this book is filled with generations of women and family life. What a magnificent book with a powerful, thoughtful ending.

A lot of life's lessons were taught under and in the olive trees. Anna told her great, great grandchild, Erin, that "roots" are important whether they belonged to a tree or to a family. The olive garden was everything to Anna, and she wanted her family to know how important it actually had been.

You will meet five generations of Keller women with the sixth on the way. Each woman was remarkable. Anna was the oldest at 112, Elizabeth was 90, Callie was in her sixties, Deb was in prison for murder, and Erin in her late 20's shows up pregnant at the family home of Hill House.

You will become attached to these women, specifically Anna who began it all and held it all together. The other women take care of Anna, not that she needs any care, and they take care of each other. They are proud of their longevity and, of course, their olive orchards. The book was very well written and made me think about the power if you can call it that of olive oil....could that tiny fruit be the answer to living a long, healthy life or is it simply one's genes?

Besides enjoying the female characters, you will enjoy Dr. Hashmi who was doing research on the Keller family to see what the secret of their longevity was. Each woman had a wonderful story with Anna of course being the reason they all were there and the reason they were the person they had become. Anna was my favorite....she had a great story from her childhood that was retoldfrom generation to generation.

You will follow each character and her place in the circle of life. You will not be bored with their stories. The author takes you deep into each woman's life with wonderful descriptions and flashbacks along with tears and hugs. You will find out if their longevity really is from olive oil or from something that has been kept secret for over 100 years. What a beautiful story....a splendid family saga that is uniquely told.
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ISBN:
9780062130518
Author:
Santo, Courtney Miller
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 22.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , An extraordinary new voice in contemporary woman's fiction, Courtney Miller Santo makes her magnificent debut with a novel that will delight fans of Sarah Blake's The Postmistress, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and the works of Kristin Hannah. Set in a house on an olive grove in northern California, The Roots of the Olive Tree is a beautiful, touching story that brings to life five generations of women — including an unforgettable 112 year-old matriarch determined to break all Guinness longevity records — the secrets and lies that divide them and the love that ultimately ties them together.
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