Book Review ~ Sweet Olive by Judy Christie

From the book’s summary: A talented businesswoman in the oil and gas business, Camille Gardner agrees to take on one last assignment for her uncle at the J&S Production Co. She would rather be anywhere than Samford, Louisiana, the small southern town where she once spent the worst month of her life. Most of all, she wants to move on to the art gallery job that is waiting for her in Denver. . . . . Camille must decide whether family obligation—and her own plans for her future—are more important than the lives and tradition of this small community.

Sweet Olive is an easy read that is predictable and mostly enjoyable. The story’s theme is that you may not know the plan, but God always works things out. Christie’s descriptions are clear, so it’s easy to picture the characters and situations. There are some awkward transitions, but they don’t detract from the overall story. It took me a couple of tries to get into the story, as the first chapters are choppy.  After that I wanted to know how the characters would develop and the story would resolve.  I kept waiting for Camille to stand up for herself and decide to live her own life and not let her pushy uncle to keep selfishly using her in business.  In the end, all situations close satisfactorily.  Even though this was not my favorite book, I’m glad I read it, and I may look into Christie’s other works.

3 out of 5 stars
(Full disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for free by in exchange for an honest review.)


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