Book Review: The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge – by Christine Nolfi

The Tree of Everlasting KnowledgeBook: The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge
Author: Christine Nolfi
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing  Platform
Date: March 15, 2012
Genre: fiction, romance/mystery/suspense 
Pages: 382, paperback
Price: $13.95; less in Kindle
My rating: A gripping story that stirs emotions and feelings on many levels.
 

I won a copy of this adult book from the author.

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge begins with a hook (a line that grabs one’s interest), and the reader’s curiosity is stirred immediately.

Our main character, Ourania (whose name I’m never sure I am correctly pronouncing – and I do ‘hear’ the words even as I read along silently) is a strong single woman, who owns and operates her own electrical contracting business. She bids on – and is accepted for – a challenging job that places her directly in the path and life of a man she once knew. Then her life gets really complicated.

Because of her mother’s work in family services, she gets pulled into foster parenting – and not of one child but of two troubled siblings.  As if her job’s stability isn’t precarious enough already, things start heating up between her and the man who hired her, she feels threatened by dominating male presence on the job site, and her private life gets more complicated as she has to deal with the young children’s issues when she knows little about parenting. Besides all that, the children’s safety is at risk and she must somehow protect them although they resent her.

Does this intrigue you so far? Read on.

There is this ancient tree, a tree that – if given the ability – could reveal secrets that would boggle one’s mind. Besides its being a private meeting place for people over the years, some of them romantic interludes, there had been a savage, brutal act committed there decades before. We learn with Ourania what an impact this one site had and will have on her life, along with other shocking information she struggles to handle.

Not wanting to give away any more of the story, I will say that Christine Nolfi wrote an interesting, gripping, yet tragic tale. The way she connected everyone works well. The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is a painful story to read, while being a hopeful one through which love winds its way.

What doesn’t work for me is the repetitive lusting after one another
… but that’s my personal preference; it seems to be what many people want to read. I also found it unnecessary to repeat the explanation of one person we never meet except in the characters’ telling and thinking. Once or twice is fine, I believe the reader will remember from there.

The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is a title I wondered about until I got into the story. Although it was difficult to read in places because of the rawness of human nature being exposed, I found it harder to NOT read this book. If you enjoy a little romance interwoven with suspense, mystery, and drama, I believe you will like Christine Nolfi’s The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge from its beginning page to its dramatic end.

Watch for a soon-upcoming interview with Christine Nolfi, the author of The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge.  She will be offering a copy of this book to one reader-commenter at that time!

You can find The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 
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13 responses to “Book Review: The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge – by Christine Nolfi

  1. You really give a detailed review which is so helpful to readers. I will check it on Amazon. Lucky you to have won it!

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  2. A good honest review. I look forward to the interview with the author.

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  3. Ourania is an unusual name. I like that. 😉

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  4. This book sounds very intriguing. It will be interesting to hear from and about the author.

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  5. Lynn, a thousand thanks for kindly reading and reviewing TREE.

    The book developed from my experiences as an adoptive mother of four children. Many of the issues discussed in the novel are very dear to my heart.

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    • It’s a story well worth reading. Thanks for the opportunity to review it, Christine.

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      • Thanks to everyone for your comments!

        Edith, the novel began as a much lighter novel. After writing the first few scenes, I realized my experiences as an adoptive parent had taken the plot on a new track. Afterward, I spent months researching U.S. adoption to augment what I already knew about overseas adoption. The most poignant moments occurred when I interviewed a biological mother who had given up her son for adoption many years earlier. She was still haunted by the experience–and I will forever remember her suffering.

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  6. This book sounds particularly intriguing. I love novels which start off from a personal experience which is then stretched and taken into the realms of imaginative fiction. Truth often resides in art. Good luck with your novel Christine, and thank you for writing such an informative review Lynn. xxx

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