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Posted November 17, 2012
This was an outstandingly well-written book on one of the ladies of the Newport Ladies' Book Club series.
The reader was successfully drawn into the thoughts and feelings that Athena experiences.
The story never lags.
The looses she experiences, her priorities which go through changes, the value she puts into
life and love fluctuates also. Many will relate to some of the challenges she experiences which changes the way she thinks and has always done.
I cannot wait for the next book!
Posted August 2, 2012
A fun beginning to The Newport Ladies Book Club, it was fun getting to know all of the members of the club, and getting to know Olivia's story. It is interesting how each author is interweaving more of each of the participant’s stories into the other stories, and how, at the end, we will have a better understanding of each of the Book Club's members. I’ve enjoyed how each book stands alone, but enhances the other books in the series! It also comes in an audio format, nice when you are traveling!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2012
Beautifully written, one of the best books I have ever read, even though I am a mystery and thriller reader. This book touched on the human condition in a way I hadn't anticipated. The characters felt real and I liked how it wasn't all the man's fault, but that the marital problems stemmed from both the man and the woman. Once both of them recognized their issues they were then able to work on it together. Loved the ending. This is a must read for anyone who loves books. I intend to read more from Julie Wright.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2012
Olivia by Julie Wright
Olivia is the first book of the series The Newport Ladies Book Club.
This is a unique series in that, each of the books are written by a different author, from a different character's point of view.
This book introduces the members of the book club from Olivia's point of view. It's almost like being a part of the club. Each member of the club has contrasting backgrounds and similar needs. They need to be needed and they need support from each other.
Olivia's story feels very real--almost too real. The first couple of chapters were difficult for me to get through for two reasons. First, the author nailed the passive-aggressive tendencies a lot of women share, me included.
Secondly, I related a little too much to Olivia. I think most wives and mothers let themselves get used. Instead of saying "no" when we're already overloaded, we find ourselves doing something we really didn't want to do, then resenting it down the road.
Olivia has some heart-wrenching events to deal with. I thought it was interesting that her burden became lighter when she turned outward to help other members of her book club.
Olivia is like going to lunch with a friend--someone you can really share your feelings with. I look forward to getting to know the other members of the club as well as I now know Olivia.
Posted March 11, 2012
"Olivia" is the first in a series of four books, written by four different authors, about 4 women in a book club, and the friendships that they develop through the group. I loved this book. Olivia is a wife and mother who has spent all her time trying to nurture her family, including her husband, their 4 children, and his 2 children from a previous marriage, with whom he has a strained relationship. She's spent so much time taking care of others, that she feels like she's lost a piece of herself, and for reasons that she doesn't understand or seem to be able to control, her marriage is suffering. She decides to join a book club to try to find herself again, and forges friendships with the other ladies in the club, who are each going through their own issues also. When her husband suddenly "checks out" of their marriages, Olivia is lost and devastated, but with the help of her new friends, and determination and strength she didn't realize that she had, she does everything she can to try to help others, herself, and her family. This is a beautifully written book, definately a chick book, but one that hit really close to home for me, in some ways too close, but the relatability to the character was part of the joy in the reading. I have been a fan of Julie's books for awhile now, and consider her a friend and a comfort to me. I have read many of her books, and will continue to be lined up to read new ones.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2012
I am so intrigued by the concept behind this series of books. It's one of the main reasons I signed on to take part in reviewing The Newport Ladies Book Club series. The genre here can best be described as Women's Fiction. The idea is that these four authors have joined together to write about different women in a book club. The stories happen simultaneously but we get to focus on one lady at a time in each book.
Olivia is the first book and the first character we really get to know. I love the cover of this book. It really fits the Newport feel and well, I can't help but be attracted to blue. It's my color. :) Plus the beach is my favorite place. I love the sounds and smells of the ocean side.
I really loved following Olivia through the process of self awareness. She has become so wrapped up in making her home and family the ideal that she has forgotten that her own soul is equally important in that whole "ideal" scenario. The book seemed to be made of very real life type stuff. It was easy to relate to and it was easy to find a bit of myself in there too. Olivia begins to discover herself again but I like that it wasn't entirely selfish. She finds bits of herself by helping other people and by allowing others into herself. Change always takes courage and Olivia finds that courage. It was satisfying.
We get a glimpse of the other ladies in the book club who will be coming up in future installments of The Newport Ladies Book Club and I'm really excited to read their stories in depth.
Posted March 3, 2012
I found the book “Olivia” by Julie Wright to be well written, intriguing, and emotional. Olivia is book one in a four book series called “the Newport Ladies Book Club”. This series was written as a celebration of womanhood, motherhood and the friendship and love that we can offer each other, especially in times of trial and despair.
The book starts out describing Olivia, her family members and her personal struggles as a mother and wife. She decides to join a book club to help her see the good in something in her life. I liked how the other characters that will be in future books were introduced through the ladies book club. The women get to know each other thru monthly meetings. I found it interesting that most of the women were not willing to open up and share their personal struggles and demons except when one woman individually sought out another woman to help her. I think this demonstrates how important it is to not judge someone on the outside thinking their life is perfect, but to get to know them first. When we serve others unselfishly, we help ourselves as well!
I could personally relate to a lot of Oliva’s inner turmoil and struggles with her relationship to her husband and children. I noticed that when Olivia decided to think about all the negative things about her spouse, that caused her more turmoil and anger. However, when she decided to start thinking about all the things he had done for her over the years and how she could help him and their relationship, her attitude seemed to improve and she had more hope in their future. I think that this is an important attitude that everyone should remember in any relationship.
I am looking forward to more books from “the Newport Ladies Book Club” in the upcoming year, especially so I can know what happens between Olivia and her husband.
Posted February 27, 2012
I’ve found a new friend in Olivia! I can’t believe how emotionally invested I became in this story and its characters from the very beginning. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Newport Ladies Book Club! I didn’t want to put this book down. I laughed, I cried and I want more! Olivia is a great read for women of every age and circumstance. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! This is the first book I’ve read by Julie Wright, but it certainly won’t be the last! She had me at “Thank you”. Even the acknowledgements of the important women in the author’s life really touched me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2012
OLIVIA, by Julie Wright, is the first of The Newport Ladies Book Club series, which consists of four books, written by four different authors (who collaborated together), following the stories of four women who are drawn together by their love of reading. It's fun to get to know the four ladies and see what trials they are facing and how they handle them.
I really liked the main character, Olivia. She's very relatable and likable. She goes through a lot in this book and you're heartstrings are pulled quite a bit. I love how she discovers she's much stronger than she thought she was, and how she chooses to handle her difficult circumstances is very admirable to me. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I will just say this: it was good, and not what I expected at all. I love when I can't predict the ending to a book, and to be surprised, this book did that for me!
The other characters in this book are very interesting and all so different from each other. I'm totally excited to see the other books from their point of view and to see how they view the world.
The way the characters meet and tie together was great. I like how they interact and the felt like there was foreshadowing in this book for the other characters that we will get to know much more closely once the entire series is out.
Seriously makes me so excited to get my hands on the rest of this series! Thank heavens we don't have to wait a year in between books, they are all coming out this year (2012) - sa-weet!
Posted February 16, 2012
This is the first book in The Newport Ladies Book Club series. I enjoyed the story of Olivia. Her story seemed real and relevant to women today. When her husband misses their anniversary dinner, she is forced to recognize that her life is no longer what she thought it was. She joins the book club to make friends and to try to find herself. As she gets to know the other women, she realizes that they all have struggles and everybody needs a friend. I really liked the references to the books they were reading and how applicable the stories were to their own lives. I would like to join the book club too! I can't wait to read the other women's stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2012
I've just finished reading the first of The Newport Ladies Book Club series: Olivia. I expected the book to be a more than adequate read, one that was well worth the time spent. What I didn't expect was to get caught up in the characters, read it in less than twenty four hours and end up in tears before the book was through.
Olivia is not your run-of-the-mill two dimensional character. Rather she's a believable, three dimensional, character with lovely strengths as well as flaws. I found myself caring deeply about her struggles, and wanted, oh-so-badly, for her to have a happy ending. Part way through the book, I was sure I knew where the book was going. What a lovely surprise when I turned out to be dead wrong.
This book is a classic example of what I look for in a novel: relationships; humor; a nicely paced, moving narrative; and believable dialogue. It left me wanting more. Here's to Daisy in June!!
Posted February 13, 2012
Once I started reading I could not put this book down! It is very thought provoking and rewarding. It causes you want to reflect on how important your relationships with family and friends are. The author has a writing style that has some humor and insight that makes the book such a good read. I loved the way she ended the book without leaving you hanging for the rest of the story because you know you are going to hear more about the main character in other books in the series. I highly recommend reading the acknowledgements before starting the story. Looking forward to the rest of the books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2012
I would call myself an avid reader. That being said, reading a book about a Book Club seemed very exciting. I was all set to learn about books from other women's perspectives and learn about some good reads that I could look up. But oh how wrong I was.
This book, though part of the Newport Ladies Book Club series, is not primarily about the book club. This book is about Olivia, a 40-something woman who believes that if she is the perfect wife and mother, everything in life will get better. However, when her husband misses their anniversary dinner and begins to distance himself from her and their children, she begins to realize that not everything will be fixed with timely meals and a spotless house.
Deciding she needs to begin taking action for herself and remember who she is as an individual, Olivia decides to join a book club and begins to meet women who influence her life in countless ways as she searches for faith, hope, and healing.
This book was very honest and reflected on a real life of a woman with challenges. However, Olivia's determination and 'Pollyanna attitude' pulled me in so strongly that I finished the book in one sitting. OLIVIA is rich with emotion and feeling as well as being a motivation to look for the happy things in life no matter how hard.
Posted February 9, 2012
I received Olivia in the mail yesterday and was very excited to start reading this first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series. The series is written by four authors well-known in the LDS market (Julie Wright, Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, and Heather Moore). Part of what drew me to the Newport Ladies Book Club is that it is intended for a national audience. It always makes me happy seeing LDS authors using their talents for a broader market. I don't always read book dedications and acknowledgements, but for some reason I did with this one. The tears started flowing during Julie Wright's acknowledgements as she talked about women (both friends and kind strangers) who have offered a smile or a shoulder to cry on. My friends (which include my family) are so important to me. I depend on them and really appreciate them! Olivia tells the story of a 40-something mother of four that finds herself struggling. Her husband has become very distant, and she's not sure who she is anymore. One particularly bad evening she sees a flyer for a book club and decides to join. The friends she makes and the books she reads help her cope with her problems. It was good that I kept a tissue handy, as I needed it a few times during the novel. There are some light moments, but overall it's pretty heavy. Although the focus is on Olivia, each of the book club members has had some significant trials. I couldn't relate to many of their issues (thankfully!), but I could definitely relate to the importance of good friends and being there for those around you. A very touching story and a great start to the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2012
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