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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Unforgettable Romance, 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."

    But life--violent and unpredictable--intervenes to endanger Olive and the children and keep us on the edge of our seats.

    I loved the flesh and blood characters that Holly Bush created and won't soon forget them. I felt I was walking on the frontier. Understandably all five children are traumatized by catastrophic loss, fragile, wounded, speechless or angry, and I liked the way their slow change to normalcy is woven into the story's action. And, of course, Olive needs to change. Her reactions to this frontier world are those of a Philadelphia miss, grounded in her rigidity and absolutism. It is the book's central paradox that the frontier Holly Bush deftly recreates for us does its best to rescue Olive from her long-held, life-destroying beliefs.

    There are tender moments, violent scenes, twists and turns in this family saga. ROMANCING OLIVE will keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages. You will have to read to the very end to find out if love conquers the bitterness of broken dreams. I highly recommend the book for all readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Love Triumphs

    This story is wonderful! Olive is at a point in her life where her future in Philadelphia is set. Suddenly she finds out that her brother in Ohio is dead, his two children are fatherless and alone. Realizing she must rescue her neice and nephew and bring them back to her home, she heads to Ohio. What she has not realized is this trip will bring her love for the first time in her life .What a delightful story! Good job, Ms. Bush!

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Romancing Olive was a delightful pleasure to read.
    The plot of the story is both interesting and a joy to get to know the characters of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    What a breath off fresh air! This book was one of the best histo

    What a breath off fresh air! This book was one of the best historical romances I have read in a while, and it was an absolute delight from start to finish. I have never read anything by Holly Bush, but she has quickly become one of my favorites.

    First of all, yes, this is your typical "Western" romance (West meaning Ohio). But there are some things that make it stand apart from the others. Olive in a near-40 spinster, and Jacob is a 20-something widower. Olive has a niece and nephew, and Jacob has three kids. There was a horrid murder before the book even began, and things are not always as they seem.

    It was such a pleasure to read a book that was full of laugh-out-loud humor. The interactions and chemistry between Olive and Jacob was absolutely flawless. Watching the way that circumstances and life changed the characters over the course of the book was an absolute delight.

    I was glad that the morals of the main characters were definitely intact. I was glad that church and God played a significant part in their lives as well. There were no bedroom scenes (thankfully), but many of the scenes were still pretty intense. There was some profanity, but it was fairly mild and sometimes used rather humorously. I honestly did not find it offensive.

    I won't tell you how the book ends, but the author has woven a truly wonderful tale that will keep the reader's attention until the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a love for historical romances. I can only hope that a sequel eventually comes out because I would love to know what adventures Olive and Jacob face next!

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Another winner from Holly. Her stories are always interesting an

    Another winner from Holly. Her stories are always interesting and her characters believable. Romancing Olive is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. I highly recommend this for everyone.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Excellent book! I loved this book! Very sweet and well written.

    Excellent book!
    I loved this book! Very sweet and well written. I read this book in about 2 days and enjoyed the storyline and characters. I don't typically enjoy western type of books, and this reminded me of one with the setting. However, it is really about a story of second chances, family, and starting over. Jacob is grieving and angry over the loss of his wife, while Olive leaves the comfort of her routine life in Philadelphia to move to Ohio so that she can take the children of her deceased brother. Upon arriving, Olive slowly strips her spinster persona as Jacob slowly starts to see that beyond Olive's exterior and slowly falls in love with who Olive is. I enjoyed the way the story progressed and the simplicity in the story, as it covered a difficult situation: a family losing their mom and a sister losing her brother. Overall, I would recommend this story! -booksintheburbs

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