The Olive Tree
Format: Paperback, ebook
Published: 8th April 2021
Note to readers – This title is also published as “Helena’s Secret” in other languages.
It is said that anyone who comes to stay at ‘Pandora’ for the first time will fall in love . . .
It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, ‘Pandora’, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.
Yet Helena knows that the idyllic beauty of Pandora masks a web of secrets she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, he is desperate to learn the truth about his real father . . .
When Helena meets her childhood sweetheart by chance, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora’s secrets have been revealed.
Video & Audio
Lucinda Introduces The Olive Tree
Olive Tree Audiobook Discussion
A dazzling contemporary novel . . . Brimming with the colour, atmosphere and sultry heat of beautiful Cyprus, this is a gripping story about family relationships across all generations, the ties that bind us with sometimes invisible cords and the complex nature of ‘family’ in the modern world . . . Riley writes with both insight and empathy . . . a stunning tale of our times from a master storyteller
Lancashire Evening Post