The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge

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A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town's most influential family.

Now Ourania D'Andre will learn the Great Oak's secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can't afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt--and the passion--she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She's already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother ...

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Overview

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town's most influential family.

Now Ourania D'Andre will learn the Great Oak's secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can't afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt--and the passion--she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She's already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there's a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion--cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

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Editorial Reviews

GoodReads - Rebecca Ross
This book is the definition of a page-turner. It's one of those books that keep you reading far past your bedtime and gets you negotiating if you can get a chapter in before work the next day. The plot is well rounded and follows multiple families and their intermingling circumstances.
Literary Inklings - Casee Clow
I loved the book, and although that seems like an awkward word to use on a story whose subject matter runs the gamut from rape and child abuse to murder, there’s a brightness to the book that lingers constantly in the goodness of the characters – of Ourania and her foster children, Walt and Emma, and of the solitary, conflicted Troy. It’s that brightness that keeps the reader from feeling too weighted down by the prospects the story suggests. The result is a novel of remarka
The Midwest Book Review - Mary Crocco
Events in the story are brilliantly written with compassion and understanding. The subject matters are as diverse as the characters. The good vs. the bad, the beautiful vs. those lacking physical attributes, adoption, domestic violence, multi-cultural families, fighting the system, hate, love, trust, death, rape, and lies. Christine Nolfi proved to master her skill by describing the human elements factor in depth in The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.
GoodReads - Jessica Shover
Oh my gosh...this is an amazing novel! I loved Christine's first novel but I think this one far surpasses it! I was absolutely hooked and couldn't stop reading. Ourania is such an interesting character, one that I thought I wouldn't be able to relate to; since she seemed tom- boyish. However, I grew to love her. Seriously, go get this book!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468199277
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Nolfi owned a small public relations firm in Ohio. She closed the firm after adopting a sibling group of four children. She has been writing novels full-time since 2004.

Both her debut, Treasure Me, and The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge continue to earn high marks from book reviewers. Visit Christine at www.christinenolfi.com and @christinenolfi on Twitter.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    I give 4-4.5 stars to The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Chris

    I give 4-4.5 stars to The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi, a story of contemporary--perhaps with a hint of literary--fiction. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge has so much in it to read for. Christine layers on multiple storylines, each weaving closer to each other and building to a thrilling ending.

    Her novel follows two main characters who are connected by a tragedy in their past, two people trying to move forward, but ever reminded of what's happened. Ourania is contracted by Troy Fagan for a renovation of the family's mansion. Ourania's mother, Lianna, thrusts two in-need siblings under her wing for emergency foster care because Emma and Walt's surviving parent, Buck, has mistreated them. Troy is a man who's lost his brother, who's had a secret past with Ourania, and he hasn't spoken to her for years because of their past. Now they're working together and things only get stickier.

    Things unravel--Ourania struggles to cope with Emma and Walt, Troy's under pressure at the mansion with construction--until Ourania and Troy unwittingly realise there's still passion between them. Ourania grows closer to the children, but issues continue to arise between her and Troy. Tension also rises from Buck's threats, Ourania's struggle to cope with her job, the children's needs, and her growing feelings for Troy.

    When things come together, it's a heart-pumping race to the finish.

    The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge shows the heart-breaking story of two siblings who've been mistreated and scarred. I grew to love these children and it was obvious that Christine writes with honesty. This is what makes empathising with them an inevitable journey. Ourania and Troy are two strong-willed people that have a bond beyond physical and romantic nature. I found myself rooting for their relationship, and as the story progresses it's hard to not feel invested in the outcome. Do they forgive and make up? Will they never make it over their past?

    I can't describe the ending in any other way than: why didn't I see it coming!? Christine plots this novel with care, yet writes it so eloquently so when the novel ends, you feel like a goose for not realising earlier. The best thing is this novel thrills and shocks, but not without reasoning that's setup from the beginning.

    I must admit, however, that there were editing issues. I thought some POVs were unnecessary because it's hard caring for a perspective told via a non-main character. There were also a couple of scenes midway through the novel that were confusing and stilted. Other small-scale sentence issues are present but they're not detrimental to the story. The ending certainly was a redemption that pushed these issues down the so-called "importance" factor.

    This novel is honest in its story about love and adoption, relationships and secrets. The novel's journey twists up and down until it grabs hold of you and you'll get less and less sleep as you head toward the ending. I recommend this read to anyone who values children, honesty, care for others, and love. Oh, and for those who relish a dark past.

    --A must read--

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book a lot. It had the prefect blend of love and

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It had the prefect blend of love and danger.

    The characters were well developed. They were flawed and realistic. I found that I really liked them because of that. I enjoyed the way they interacted and the way their relationships evolved.

    I really liked the story itself. I liked the flow and the timing of key revelations. I really didn't want to put it down and was anxious to pick it back up again when I had to. The ending was very satisfying.

    Kudos to you, Christine, on a well-crafted book. I look forward to reading more from you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Christine Nolfi was the very first author to ever request a revi

    Christine Nolfi was the very first author to ever request a review from
    me when I started this blog; after I read and loved her debut, Treasure
    Me, I immediately agreed to read and review her second novel, The Tree
    of Everlasting Knowledge, when she approached me about it. Although a
    good year passed in between when I read her first novel, and when I
    eagerly read this one, the effect was the same once I started Tree: I
    immediately fell all over again for Christine's writing and her way of
    creating characters that feel at once familiar, like old friends.
    Main characters Ourania and Troy crackled with their own individual
    personalities, as well as their barely contained sexual tension. It was
    at once clear that there was something unresolved between these two, and
    as I read more, and began to like and care for both of these tormented
    characters, their pasts became clearer, and my heart went out to each of
    them. Throughout Tree, we're given glimpses through a dual POV into
    both Troy and Ourania's thoughts and motivations, and we see both sides
    of their tangled story. Still dealing - poorly - with their shared loss
    of a loved one, both Troy and Ourania have taken equally dangerous paths
    in their life, which has led them both to become deeply unhappy. I
    wanted to alternately hug and shake each of them for being so dense at
    times, yet so intuitive at others. Nolfi effortlessly built layer
    after layer upon the foundation she laid early on in Tree; with her easy
    to follow, easy to love writing style, she weaves several character's
    stories into one another, yet does so in a way that never feels too
    tangled. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is many things: a romance, a
    mystery, a social commentary on the foster system and how it works and
    does not work at times, a mystery, and a moral lesson. What I loved
    best were the relationships: Ourania and Troy, Troy and his parents,
    Ourania and her foster children, sweet Walt and broken Emma, Ourania and
    Troy's sister. All of the characters, even the minor ones, were
    definitely well developed and stood out strongly in my mind, even after
    finishing Tree! Christine Nolfi kept me guessing at various plot
    twists, which I applaud. Tree had so much going on, but not in a
    cluttered way - it was definitely a well-rounded mystery, thriller, and
    romance all at once. As the pages grew numbered, my heartbeat
    increased, and I found myself genuinely scared for the characters, as
    past secrets came to life to threaten them in present day. And at
    Tree's end, although everything was wrapped up a bit too neatly for my
    taste (my only real complaint), this novel is still emotionally
    satisfying in many ways!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    I enjoyed The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, even though there w

    I enjoyed The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, even though there were some slow parts. There were a couple of sections of the book I skimmed because I wanted to catch up to the action. I really like Ourania as a character and her demeanor. She came across to me as one that doesn’t mence words. She’s a head strong business woman that knows what she wants. Troy was annoying to me at times. I wanted him to just say outright what he wanted instead of beating around the bush. My heart was tugged by the children Emma and Walt that was placed into the care of Ourania. I have strong convictions against child abuse and would have liked to seen more done to Buck, the abuser, than his final demise. The Fagan’s and all their money couldn’t hide the family secrets that came to light throughout the book. Very interesting plot line with some unexpected revelations.

    I did enjoy the book; even though I had my suspicions on where the ending was going. Although, I had kind of figured that was going to be the final outcome I was glad it ended how it did. This book in some ways reminded me of the VC Andrews series.

    I give the book only 4 stars instead of 5 because although I did really like it; the slow spots and my prediction of the end took away one star.

    I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review. Reviewed by Reyna Hawk author of Looking Through Blind Eyes and Reflection of Secrets

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    Good Book!

    The Tree of Everlasting knowledge is a compelling story about love, loss, and forgiveness. Ourania D'Andre is an electrician hired by the town's wealthiest family, the Fagans. Ourania has a history with two of the family members, but it's not pleasant. She's desperate to prove herself to the Fagans and to the other trades. Troy Fagan doesn't want her on the job from the beginning. He's not sure if Ourania is up to the large, labor intense job. He is determined not to let his history with Ourania get in the way. Troy and Ourania both have secrets that could potentially harm each other. Ourania has a wrench thrown into her life when she is asked to take in two foster children, Walt and Emma. Walt and Emma have not had an easy life. They were taken from an abusive home. With the help of her family, Ourania does her best to give the children a sanctuary. Walt and Emma's father is always a daunting presence in their lives, and it follows them into their new sanctuary.
    The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is an emotional journey to say the least. Walt and Emma's story-line broke my heart. The thought of anyone hurting a child in any way really makes me angry. Ourania signed up to be a foster parent because her mother works for social services. Ourania is not really prepared to take on this role with Walt and Emma, but she does. The story line with Ourania, Walt, and Emma is really good. The characters are well developed, and their story line has a realistic feel to it.
    Ourania and Troy have an interesting love/hate relationship. The tension and chemistry between these two characters heats up the pages. They have a troubled past in which they both feel responsible. While working, Ourania finds something that could open a giant can of worms and possibly change everything for Troy.
    This book is a great read. It has moments that made me cringe, moments that made me tear up, and moments that warmed my heart. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride. This book contains scenes that might be hard for some people to read, such as rape, violence, and child abuse. Nolfi handles them with care, although some scenes are a little graphic. The author shows that some good can come out of something so terrible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    Small town secrets revealed Small towns are havens for buried s

    Small town secrets revealed

    Small towns are havens for buried secrets and forbidden passions. A town in Ohio was no different for the prominent and wealthy Fagan family. Living in a mansion on a thousand-acre estate, Fagan’s Orchard shipped produce and condiments across the Midwest, and was the main setting for The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge. Located on the estate was an oak tree, referred to locals as The Great Oak Tree. If the tree could talk, what secrets it would tell.

    The Fagan’s were renovating the mansion to accommodate their pregnant daughter. Troy Fagan was the head of operations on site and the person who did the hiring. Ourania D’Andre was an independent contractor who submitted a bid for the job. There was major conflict between the two, because Troy’s brother had been murdered. They both blamed themselves. The relationship strengthened as they worked through the guilt they harbored.

    Troy and Ourania kept the story intrigue alive. Childhood bullying festered into adulthood. Both holding secrets, it took unpredictable circumstances to finally forge a healthy relationship.

    Leading separate lives, Ourania became a foster mother to two bi-racial children, as she continued her career as an electrical contractor. Troy was the black sheep of the family choosing to work in construction instead of Fagan Orchards. He reluctantly accepted Ourania’s bid for the electrical work on the mansion, because his sister, Dianne, liked the beautiful and successful Ourania.

    Working together, secrets were exposed, and forbidden passions surfaced. The Great Oak Tree revealed countless secrets, some beyond comprehension. To mention them, in my review, would spoil the story for readers.

    The Great Oak Tree served as a symbol for hope and redemption. Christine Nolfi did an extraordinary job writing The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge with this in mind. It also served as a subtle way to teach lessons in forgiveness.

    Events in the story are brilliantly written with compassion and understanding. The subject matters are as diverse as the characters. The good vs. the bad, the beautiful vs. those lacking physical attributes, adoption, domestic violence, multi-cultural families, fighting the system, hate, love, trust, death, rape, and lies. Christine Nolfi proved to master her skill by describing the human elements factor in depth in The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.

    I recommend The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, by Christine Nolfi, to readers who enjoy stories about real life situations. We can use the opportunity to reflect on our own life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    Ourania hasn't been back to the mansion since her best friend Ja

    Ourania hasn't been back to the mansion since her best friend Jason died so many years ago. Now here she is, standing before his brother Troy, about to start on a job that could potentially make a name for herself and her new business. If all goes well, she will be putting in a bid for the new Fagen plant on the very same property, which would be really huge for her. But things go from bad to worse on the first day and her job is threatened. Oh yeah, that plant job is looking more further and futher away.

    Troy can't believe Ourania is actually standing before him on the job. He still thinks her as beautiful, but has a strict 'No dating employees' rule and just the sight of her reminds him of Jason. Crash, his lead man, is trying desperately to get her to step down from the job, but the stubborn girl is not budging. Yep, same Ourania. These next couple months should be fun.

    In The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge, Nolfi tells a story of a horrific past and a tortured present. This story is one of forgiveness for many of the characters and the road back to it is not an easy one. Guilt is so heavy in their lives that forgiveness is a faraway dream. Could everything that has led to these moments actually be a curse that was set into motion one night long ago under the Great Oak?

    Ok, gonna be honest here, I really wasn't looking forward to reading this one. I think because I have been reading so much lately, trying to catch up, I felt kinda burned out. And the thought of having to read another book for another review made me feel sorta blah. But once I started I was transported into Nolfi's world, I could actually smell apples in the orchards. Her writing is so beautifully done, it's like you feel every emotion running through the book, the good and the bad.

    Nolfi's characters are extremely endearing, I fell for them and just wanted to hug them up and tell them it would all be ok. Well, except for one character...he was just plain evil. But the others, yeah they were great. I thought the banter between Troy and Ourania was hilarious. The girl can hold her own and wasn't shy about it. I mentioned probably a hundred times before I love romance in my reads, this story had some, not overdone, but it was just right for the book.

    The plot was fabulous, absolutely fabulous. I enjoyed how the author would reveal bits and pieces at just the right time. And how the past would sneak in to tell it's story. It's like I was watching a movie and you know how the screen will get sorta fuzzy to show you it was going back to a different time...that's the image I would get. Would love to see The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge as a movie, and I think after you read it, you would too. (Yeah, we need to make this happen, Nolfi. Oooh time to start thinking of possible casting?! lol)

    Thank you, Christine Nolfi for a chance to read your beautiful story. I hope to read more of your work someday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    Omg what an absolutely fantastic book. This is my third book by

    Omg what an absolutely fantastic book. This is my third book by Christine. As much as I loved all 3 this is my favourite. 
    There is so much more to this book than what the description said.Twice while reading this book I found myself putting down my kindle & thinking I can't read anymore. I was so involved with the characters I was afraid of what was going to happen next. After the second time I put my kindle down I txt my reading buddy Sue & told her what this book was doing to me. I've got a feeling she will be reading this soon.
    Reading is my passion. I'm on lots of Facebook pages where they recommend books that put you through so many emotions. None I've read lately have done that to me until I read this book. Read it. You won't be disappointed. 
    I am so proud & privileged that this fantastic author allowed me to read this book in return for an honest review.
    I've only one more book left to read of hers so I hope she is busy writing another fantastic read.

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    Posted July 21, 2013

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