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It is both a delightful, relaxed read and a page-turner. There are twists, turns, love, laughter, dark and light. The characters are so real I found myself with a mix of emotions on every page, from being frustrated at the previous life the two foster children, to nodding in agreement at the dificulties of juggling parenthood with work.
Christine Nolfi knows how to put people's personalities across on the page in such a way you feel you know them in real life, something that some authors do not manage with such ease.
A great book for a rainy Sunday afternoon, complete with a hot chocolate in hand.
However…I’m totally and utterly confused. In slightly reverse order, having read and enjoyed the book, I was a little curious to see what the ‘blurb’ said. And therein I find there’s a character I haven’t even heard of. I really thought, well, that’s it. I’ve finally qualified for men-in-white-coats-ville. Further confusion reigned when I realise the other characters and…more importantly the plot…are identical. In short, my main character—Ourania—morphed into ‘Rennie’. What on earth?
Anyway…confusion aside (and at least the character didn’t change name during the story) this was a Very Good Book.
Secrets can change lives. They changed Ourania’s, a competent electrician…and fosterparent…they changed Troy’s, the eldest son of a rich and powerful family and the strain of keeping secrets change the lives of two young children. Secrets that are held by a magnificent old oak tree.
This is a powerful drama with strong, solid characters in a robust plot. There are twists and turns, and although I guessed the major twist fairly early on, Nolfi writes with such passion and compassion, intelligently and articulately, and the story builds to such a dramatic climax, it really didn’t matter.
I will certainly be checking out more books by this author, and I really wouldn’t mind catching up with Ourania (Rennie, whatever she’s supposed to be called) and Troy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
At first I thought this was going to be a largely romantic novel that saw Ourania and Troy work to overcome their differences, with the added complication that Ourania had become a foster mother to two young children. And that would have been fine - it's wonderfully written and the chemistry between the two characters was beautifully presented. However, there is so much more to this novel than that.
Christine Nolfi has weaved a wonderful plot covering more than one generation and tying up loose ends of the Korcheks (Walt, Emma and their father Buck), the D'Andres and the Fagans. There were hints of the ending before it was reached, so I won't say it was a shocking conclusion to me but Nolfi made it a shocking conclusion to the characters that played out well.
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is full of tender moments but also heavy on drama, strong characters and intricate plot twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it's a very solid 4.5. As we round down, it seems almost mean to give it four but I console myself that I am simply leaving scope for what I know will be even more compelling writing from this author in future.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No other compensation was received and all views are my own.**
I don't like giving spoilers for possible readers, I don't think its fair on the author or the reader. I can honestly say that you won't be disappointed with this read.
Ouriania is one of the main characters, I really loved her, she was loving, kind and so grew to love the children she was fostering, she worked hard. Knowing the Boss from of old kept her in a awkward position, then learning of secrets that she should inform her boss off made me wonder if she was doing the right thing, but I could see the author was right in allowing this to happen.
The conclusion of the book left me with my mouth open, I really didn't see the ending coming and how it all rounded up, amazing. I've very enthusiastic about this book, and cannot 'gush' more that I am!!!
***This book was gifted to me from the author for an honest review**
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