Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Behind The Olive Trees by Francesca Catlow – #contemporaryfiction

“I hadn’t been back. Not since finding my mother passed away in the living room the year before.”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Siblings / Greece / Romantic Suspense

Number of Pages: 285

Date of Publication: 6 May 2022

Publisher: Gaia & Fenrir Publishing

Rated: 4/5

My Review Summary: An enjoyable story set in Corfu

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

She thought she’d found her lost past, but did she uncover all the secrets?

Melodie returns to her mother’s house in Corfu for the first time since inheriting it. Only, she discovers it isn’t empty. She finds someone has been living there; a girl who claims the property is hers.

Dismissing the claim, Melodie tries to enjoy her new life in the beauty of Corfu. The girl soon resurfaces and it becomes impossible to ignore her any longer.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I wanted to read something a bit different and when this book set in Greece came up I decided to go for it. I didn’t realise quite how integral reading the first book would be and it took me quite a while to sort out who was who, however once I had cleared that up (by about chapter 4) I got quite into the story and enjoyed it.

The writing was very descriptive, often describing the sites and smells of Corfu which was brilliant. It took a while for me to get the hang of who the characters were as they just suddenly appeared and it took a while to get their background sorted, however, once I knew who was who, I was away and the writing was gripping. Little things kept me in suspense and also kept me very suspicious and wary of one of the characters in particular. At one point I wasn’t even sure who was lying to who so that kept my interest! The only other thing I would say about the writing is that because the main character didn’t speak Greek I felt that we were missing out on a lot of information. The main character seemed to be in the dark a lot of the time and consequently so were you as the reader. Whilst this kept the suspicious atmosphere, I would have liked to be privy to more of the other characters’ conversations and got to know them a bit better. 

There was a good mix of narration and conversation which kept my interest. As I have mentioned before though, I would have liked to have learnt more from the conversation side of things, but as there was a language barrier with the characters I felt that we missed out. 

The chapters were short and the story was fast paced. So much seemed to happen in such a short space of time which I enjoyed. It also allowed for lots of things to build up and suspense and cliffhangers were dotted around making me want to keep reading. I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending, but I can see why it was done. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main character and how she was so loving and supportive of everyone around her. Even when there was only negativity around she did her best to put a positive spin on it. I was kept in suspense the whole way through which was enjoyable and I certainly wasn’t expecting the ending. 

Lastly the settings. I loved Corfu. The descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I could be there. The settings really added to the storyline.

Overall an enjoyable book which has made me want to investigate the rest of the series!

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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