Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sweet Olive (Trumpet & Vine) by Judy Christie

Book Description:  Camille Gardner came to small town Louisiana in the name of big business. But will the town of Samford change her before she can change it?
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.
To fulfill the obligation she feels to her uncle and get on with the life she dreams of, Camille needs to entice a group of rural landowners to sell their mineral rights—and allow use of their precious water for the drilling of natural gas. Instead, she finds herself drawn to the local folk art created by those same landowners, and attracted to Marsh Cameron, the attorney representing them.
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.
My Thoughts:  Judy Christie is another favorite author of mine.  Ms. Christie writes stories that seem to bring the printed word to life.  She also writes with humor (I love humor in life and in fiction!).
In Sweet Olive, we meet the south, personified, in Senator Richmond and his daughter, Valerie.  Valerie is a somewhat.spoiled.I.want.my.ownway! type of southern belle.  When the reader meet these two the reader instinctively knows that these two characters are playing an important role in this story.
I like Camille (the main heroine).  She's real, even as she facilitates between helping the artists and closing the deal.  This story is a lot about "the deal" and how Camille and Marsh both act and react.  
And then there's Marsh!  Ah love a good romance! Marsh is nice balance to Camille.  He's steady, has great relationship with his dad and falls slowly in love with Camille.  You know, kind.of.like real life?!?
I liked this fast, sweet read.  A nice easy read for the Christian romantic!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze/Zondervan*
  • Series: Trumpet & Vine
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330547

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