Monday, February 25, 2013

HFV Blog Tour & Giveaway: Romancing Olive by Holly Bush



In 1891, spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother’s life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken.

Accustomed to the sophistication of Philadelphia, Olive arrives in Spencer, Ohio, a rough and tumble world she is not familiar with, facing two traumatized children. Her niece and nephew, Mary and John, have been living with a neighboring farmer, widower Jacob Butler, the father of three young children of his own and a man still in pain from the recent loss of his wife.

Real danger threatens Olive and Mary and John while Jacob and his own broods battle the day-to-day struggles for survival. Will Olive and Jacob find the strength to fight their battles alone or together? Will love conquer the bitterness of loss and broken dreams?


My thoughts:

Romancing Olive was an easy weekend story. There were some pats that reminded me of Sarah, Plain, and Tall, and Little House on the Prairie.

 In her 30’s and unmarried, Olive Wilkins spends her days working as a librarian in Philadelphia. Upon hearing of her brother’s death, she travels to Ohio in order to take custody of his two children, Mary and John, and then return back to the city.
Things do not go as smoothly has Olive would have liked or planned however. Mary and John do not really know Olive and so they are scared to be in her company.  Jacob, the widowed neighbor who has been keeping the children since their father’s death suggests that Olive stay with them so that John and Mary can become acquainted with her.
As the three of them try to build a new relationship as a family while living with Jacob, Olive begins to develop feelings for him. In this particular story, Olive is older than Jacob. And because of the difference in ages, she questions if he could really have feelings for her.
All in all I liked the story. It was a bit predictable, but that did not take away from my enjoyment.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

** I received this book as a part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you.** 

Make sure to enter below for a chance to win a copy of Romancing Olive!!

About the Author 

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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The giveaway is for one eBook of either book (winner's choice, ePub, mobi or PDF) and open internationally.


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