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The Olive Tree

By: Lucinda Riley
Narrated by: Harry Whittaker, Lucinda Riley
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Summary

A summer in Cyprus reveals many secrets in The Olive Tree, the number one international bestseller from Lucinda Riley, author of the bestselling Seven Sisters series.

This title is also published as Helena's Secret.

A magical house. A momentous summer.

It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.

Yet, as soon as Helena arrives at Pandora, she knows that its idyllic beauty masks a web of secrets that she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, desperate to learn the truth about his real father...

When, by chance, Helena meets her childhood sweetheart, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora's secrets have been revealed...

©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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It will whisk you away to the glorious sunshine of Cyprus . . . refreshingly different (Veronica Henry)

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A thoroughly enjoyable book

I really enjoyed listening to this book, although at the beginning and towards the end I did have to adjust the settings to slow Harry Whittaker down a little. Otherwise the narration was excellent and I was totally absorbed in the story.

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Beautiful book

A book full of twist and turns along with deep meanings. Very enjoyable and a interesting listen

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great story

I enjoyed the book very much but felt that the narration let it down except for Alex's voice which was perfect

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One of her best

I loved the Seven sisters series, but this one is a bit different having the two voices. I think it works very well, a very enjoyable listen.

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A triumph

A proper family saga; happy & sad, funny & a bit corny but totally satisfying.

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Amazing

I didn’t want to listen to this because of bad reviews. However i decided this was the last Lucinda book I would ever have as I have listened to them all bar this one. How I enjoyed it. Every emotion used and I giggled like a child listening to Alex’s diary. Please give it a go. It was lovely to hear Lucindas voice
You are a big miss Lucinda x

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Took a while to take my interest

I've loved all her other books but this one didn't really catch my attention. I was too late to return it though so I sped it up to listen to.

It gets pretty messy as the story goes on, the secrets we keep.

I liked some of Alex's observations I thought they were funny.

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I didn’t like the narrator

Sorry Harry Whitaker but I struggled with your narration. Your mums voice was good though. Story ok but not the best LR novel

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Another beautiful book

I love reading Lucinda’s books. They are heartwarming with amazing twists.
I wish there was more to come.

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Alex

Just LOVE the clever character of Alex!! Would love to hear more of that humour

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