Sunday, March 25, 2012

Review - The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge by Christine Nolfi @christinenolfi

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge
by Christine Nolfi

The author has this synopsis to offer:

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?
 Everything told in this book stems from the "Great Oak". I was curious about what that could be and Nolfi delivers. This novels is an intricate web of back story that only supports and broadens the entire main story and sub plots. I love it when an author takes the time to create a story where every detail is important and every branch of sub plot is allowed to take its own course and naturally finds its way back to the main story. Nolfi beautifully pulling it all together.

This is what great story telling is all about. I loved the characters and their stories and how they are all intertwined for the benefit of the reader. The main characters of Ourania and Troy have a love/hate relationship that pushed the story forward. In a comical and heart breaking way. Their regret and anger for each other pushed them apart but not for long, circumstances bring them together again and they must decided how their relationship will continue.

The core story line is a quest to find the truth, to find the knowledge about the past. They swear to one another that knowledge and truth are what they value. But when they are faced with the option to either be open or not,  they find out that some decisions aren't so easy.

I really liked the book. The climatic chase and rescue was done well. It is well crafted story. The mystery of the "Great Oak" is incrementally revealed until you are allowed to see the whole picture. I had an idea in my own head what the truth was and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. Nolfi is a wonderful storyteller. 

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