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|Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:48 pm Post subject: ". . . A family saga reminiscent of THE THORNBIRDS"
|A Historical Romance You’ll Not Soon Forget, A Harrowing Rescue
Put away your notions of romancing. Dust off your ideas of shocking and pick up a copy of ROMANCING OLIVE by Holly Bush, a family saga reminiscent of THE THORNBIRDS.
The year is 1891 and a spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, arrives in a frontier town in Ohio to rescue two traumatized children, her niece and nephew. At the start of the story, they are orphans, having witnessed their parent’s brutal murders. They have been living with a neighboring farmer, a widower and father to three young children whose wife lost her life in childbirth.
Olive is thrown into what was then the wild west where conditions and behavior were primitive. Instead of returning to Philadelphia with the two children, Olive stays in the widower’s home until her niece and nephew feel more comfortable with her and she can take them back to the east with her. The families merge. Olive does her best to create a stable, family environment for all five children while she does the drudgism of a frontier mom. Olive and Jacob Butler, the author tells us, are “two strangers, stranded in a tragedy they had not written.”
Read the complete review by Susan Anderson at http://llbookreview.com/2012/06/romancing-olive-by-holly-bush/ or at www.hollybushbooks.com