Orphan of the Olive Tree- Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

This is a well written romantic novel, rather let down by a poor final edit. The infrequent typos jarred particularly deeply because Patzer's writing is so very good. I can't help but think that the author was badly supported by her editor(s) and meddlers.
From early on in this read I was rooting for the 'nice' characters, and was relieved when romance eventually got the upper hand, though I have to say I was rather disappointed at how easily the black witch was finally overwhelmed. Perhaps, a bit more on the moral conflict within her would have made capitulation easier to accept. Someone so black should not have turned to a light tone of grey so easily.
All the principle characters were well rounded and played an interesting dance, but I do rather question the authenticity of the historical background. The historical elements were too few and there details too often repeated, rather than explored, to give me any real confidence in the author's historical research. I enjoyed the book best when I was able to categorize it as a fairy-tale, as a morality tale, rather than as an historical fiction. Patzer is very strong on the psychological elements of character, and weaves them together with a great deal of skill.
Once I was into the book I found it to be a compulsive read, indicative enough of the plots qualities. Whether the history was any more than a weak veneer I will leave to better historians to judge. I would be more than happy to read another of Patzer's books.


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Comment by Richard Bunning on March 15, 2014 at 10:15am

Shucks! Just not doing my job well enough. Hope you like the book despite my lack of adequate intro, Leona.

I get the point- I could have said a lot more without giving away much plot. 

Comment by Richard Bunning on February 28, 2014 at 11:19am

Fair comment- My reviews are hardly ever much to do with plot. 

If you follow the Amazon Link, Tea- there are 122 reviews there- some of which are full of 'spoilers'.

They are only spoilers if one doesn't want to know!

Comment by Tea Norman on February 28, 2014 at 11:13am

I don't really the novel is about. Did you tell me?

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