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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753829355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753829356
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Drinkwater is a perpetual student, and her delightful curiosity is infectious. [The Olive Season] is filled with charming passages about her various passions."

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Second in the Olive story from the bestselling author of THE OLIVE FARM and THE OLIVE HARVEST - now in a gorgeous new look.

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I was really looking forward to reading this book after so enjoying "The Olive Farm", within the first few pages however I realized that this was going to be a disappointment. After reading the Olive Farm I grew to really like Carol and Michel, but after reading the first chapters on their wedding, I realized that I really don't like these people. Carol seems terribly self absorbed, and more concerned about her little world that she has created than anything else.
Without giving anything away from the story from those of you who will read it, I was very glad when this book was finished. If you liked The Olive Farm, don't buy The Olive Garden, it will disappoint you.
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```I first became a fan of Ms. Drinkwater when she appeared in "All Creatures Great and Small." Then, in a film with
Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, she did a scathing star turn. That she is able to write as well, so very well indeed was a revelation, for 'The Olive Farm' made me immediately want to pack my bags and fly to see the verdant countryside she described. I never believed for a moment that a sequel could be so much more engrossing and personal, but 'The Olive Season' is filled with the stories of visitors to the farm, together with the difficulties of bringing the olives to fruit, but it is her baring her soul in dealing with the trauma of a personal tragedy that tears ones heart out that makes this book stand out. She must be a fighter for she went on with her life and her farm, and in the end one knows she will come out on top. A joy to read and to re-read.
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This was a book that gripped me so thoroughly that I did something that I rarely do; I read the entire book one afternoon without putting it down. The emotions that spilled out of the pages were so intense & real. Shock, grief & loss but also hope, love & passion. All set in & around the grounds of her beloved olive farm. We see her true understanding of nature as she nurtures her land through each season with all its inherent problems. Her research into the history & traditions of the French Riviera comes through skillfully & is artfully presented nestled between the everyday happenings & stories which make this book so satisfying. One has the sense of having been given a history lesson without even realising it.
All the characters are sharply drawn & written about with such great humour; her family, her aquaintances & of course Quashia & the indomitable René, all of whom we met in the first book, The Olive Farm.
Raw, open emotions from her childhood coupled with the happiness of her advancing pregnancy are written about in such a powerful & intense way that it allows the reader to completely identify with the events as they happen. However nothing prepares us for the turn of those events which she recounts with such grief & sadness, but we are left at the end with a great sense of hope & uplifting.
This is powerful writing & is one of those books that you envy people for not yet having read, for the pleasure they still have to come
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First of all, I haven't read `The Olive Farm' but I will now- to find out how actress/author Carol and her film-producer partner Michel initially came to purchase their own piece of Provencal paradise! Lucky them- I am very envious they own such a wonderful home in such a glorious location, though thankfully I don't think you have to read the first book to get hooked on this one as I got into it straight away.

I was first drawn to this book by the seductive picture of the beautiful landscape on the front cover and was hoping it would be a bit like Peter Mayle's type of writing with French food, scenery and customs depicted and thankfully it was very reminiscent of that, only a bit more personal. Despite the difference in countries it was actually more similar to `Under the Tuscan Sun' (one of my favourite travelogues) with the Mediterranean lifestyle practically seeping from the pages, funny anecdotes and glorious descriptions of food and the surroundings interwoven in the text. It's not all bright and sparkly though- there are frustrations depicted with maniacal French bureaucracy as well as small-town corruption, which I found fascinating to read about.

Though the book mostly recounts Carol and Michel's journey in trying to have their olive oil specially certified with an AOC, it does touch on other subjects; their unusual wedding in Polynesia, water-divining, bee-keeping and vegetable gardening amongst other things. I particularly enjoyed the details of the vegetable gardening and cooking as these are my hobbies too. It is all recounted in a very down to earth, chatty manner which I welcomed and thankfully didn't seem at all preachy when it went into details of aspects of local history either- or the wealth of detail included about olive farming.
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This is an extraordinary and fascinating follow-up to The Olive Farm.The reader is drawn deeply and inexorably in to the world of the author, confronted with her personal struggles and entranced by her pastiche of growth and decay in the world of nature, a metaphor for her life. Passages of great lyrical beauty are punctuated by memories of sadness and wrenching trauma. Carol Drinkwater has managed to take the story of the farm and weave into it a stunningly honest and brave treatment of the background to her search for life and love.Yet, the profound message one comes away with is of expectation, hope and a peace that is hard won, like the fruiting olive trees there are good seasons and not so good but there is always the wonder of what the next one will bring. This was her search for Elysium.
I look forward to what the next book will bring.
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