Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi

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From Nolfi's request(image and blurb):

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.

Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?

Christine Nolfi had asked me to review The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.  I had read the blurb and was quite interested. Another factor was that I had read and review her debut book Treasure Me, and loved it!(To see my review of Treasure Me   you can find it HERE).  So basically I was compelled to read it!

Nolfi is a wonderful story weaver!!!  I was sucked in from the first chapter and wanted to know what happens next.  Even when I had finished the story I wanted more!  The story is told from several perspectives and Nolfi does make it clear pretty quick who is talking.  I enjoyed seeing what was going on from other characters, which it also gave me a fuller picture of what is going on.  The different plot lines were tied in very nicely too, and didn't take away from one or the other.  There is a lot going on that the pace of the book moved quickly, but not too much that I felt like it was over the top.

The characters are also strong characters.  I loved all the characters!  Even some of the minor characters, which again shows Nolfi's talent as a story weaver!  I even felt sorry for Sweeper as he became a victim himself from his surroundings.  It doesn't excuse his actions but there is one point you can't help but feel sorry for him.

So if you haven't figured it out yet I LOVED this book!!  I believe Nolfi is quickly becoming a favorite author!

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