BOOK REVIEW THE OLIVE BRANCH BY JO THOMAS

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.

Firstly thank you to Frances at headline for sending me a copy to review . I was on the blog  tour for The oyster catcher last year which was Jos debut novel . You can have a read of that review here https://charlenejess.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/book-review-the-oyster-catcher-by-jo-thomas/

So I was really happy to have the chance to review her latest book.

Jos writing has the ability to transport you to where her book is set, her use of such descriptive language really sets the scene . By the end of the book if I closed my eyes I could smell and even taste all that Italy could offer .

This is perfect escapism especially if your not managing to travel anywhere .

Ruthies life couldn’t be any more different than what she imagines and it appears to have changed overnight ….by a click of a button .

There’s nothing for her anymore in London so if you are going to have a fresh start why not make it as good as possible .

Ruthie is brave and a strong female character and has to be resilient  when she manages to ruffle a few feathers upon her arrival in Italy .

Through hard work and sheer determination she manages to give her new life a go but its not a without a few bumps along the way and even a headstrong female in the form of a goat !

Very well written and a beautiful story all set in a gorgeous location .

Ruthie proves dreams can come true just sometimes not how you planned and sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith .

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