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‘Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees’
by Grace Mattioli

Silvia Greco knew that the silence would not last. There was not enough silence in her world, and there was definitely not enough of it since she had moved into her father’s house in New Jersey.

She knew that her father, Frank, had taken a brief break from his current project of searching for a lost frying pan, and that he would be resuming his search any second with the clattering of pots and pans and slamming of cabinet doors.

In the very short meantime, she enjoyed the sound of nothing as she sat waiting for her coffee to finish brewing as if it was all she had left in the world.

I really enjoy my own company and the sound of silence …. how about you?

I don’t imagine that Silvia’s silence is the comforting kind though … it sounds as though she is having a bad time of things!



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  • Loving that excerpt from Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees – I’m afraid all that noise (especially the slamming of cupboard doors) would soon put me in a bit of a mood as in our household door slamming is reserved solely for me.

    • Hi Tracy,

      It’s pretty much the same in our house!! But I only seem to feel the need to slam cupboard doors if we are there together, if I am ‘home alone’ everything is done much more quietly!

      I really want to know if Silvia’s father is clattering around because he is genuinely searching for a frying pan, or if there is some other underlying problem, which has meant that Silvia has had to move back to live with him and which is making her sound so despondent!

      This book is next on my pile and I can’t wait to get started on it now!

      Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • If I remember correctly, I saw this one reviewed before and it sounded very good. Hope you’re enjoying it.
    I like that line and I wholeheartedly agree “I enjoy my own company and the sound of silence ”
    Enjoy your weekend Yvonne 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      This is another of those books, which delves into family feuds and relationships, just my kind of good read. I haven’t started it yet, but it is now on the top of my pile, so soon…..

      The book has received some great ratings on Amazon.com, however it has yet to be reviewed on Amazon.co.uk

      I like it to be perfectly quiet when I am reading and to be honest I don’t watch a lot of television these days, it is just all so boring and repetitive … if I see one more reality show, I really shall scream!

      I am making plans to make inroads into the pile of half started crochet blankets I have lying around the place and there is a whole pile of jigsaw puzzles with my name on them as well!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • I love the title! And the opening really sets the stage. I feel for Silvia because I don’t like noise and bustle, even in the background. My house is very quiet most of the time and that is just how I like it.

    • Hi Gilion,

      I am amazed that so many people like a quiet relaxed atmosphere in their homes, most of my friends are the complete opposite!

      As you say, I found that these particular lines really work well at setting the scene for what is to come, without giving anything much away … they are some of the best lines that I have come across for a while now.

    • Hi Bev,

      It really does sound as though Silvia is coming towards the end of her tether, from the way in which the cup of coffee has almost become something of a lifeline to her.

      That’s how I feel just about now … 5am on a Saturday morning and I need to be out of the house for a 40 mile drive just after 7am … I am off for strong black coffee to wake me up!!

      I hope that your weekend is a good one and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Tammi,

      Thanks for deciding to stop by Fiction Books, I love meeting new people and your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated here.

      The sound of silence is indeed beautiful to me, although I have just been talking on the phone with my 86 year old father, who is unhappy and miserable with his own company and the silence in his life, now that my mother is no longer with us …. It kind of puts it all into perspective a little, doesn’t it?

    • Hi Vicki,

      The cover and title are simple, yet intriguing, aren’t they?

      I would need to keep reading just to discover what the underlying problem is with this relationship, as there so obviously is one!

      I know many people such as yourself, who can’t stand the sound of silence, or indeed their own company. I have never been too much of a social animal, although I am in the fortunate position of being around others all day in my chairty work, so coming home to a quiet, peaceful house, is always something of a panacea. Not so hubbie, who having been here all day on his own, is just waiting for me to come home for company and conversation!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Jo,

      The title is definitely a great play on words, isn’t it? Although I was a little concerned that it might be a tad too long for a working title, I think that it does look okay when seen in print on the cover.

      So you think that an appreciation of silence comes with increasing maturity? You may well be right there, although many of the elderly people I share my voluntary work with, will tell you that they come in to volunteer for the exact reason that they can’t stand the silence and isolation of living alone.

      I suppose that my view on things may be a little skewed by the fact that I have never had children, so have never felt the need to crave escape from the noise and bedlam of family life, for a few precious minutes of peace and quiet!!

      Thanks for the interesting observations, your comments are always welcome.

  • Sounds like my house…but not because of me. I’m all for silence at any time of the day. Maybe the frying pan he’s searching for is special–seasoned the way he likes.

    I hope its a good read.

    • Hi Amber,

      Thanks for choosing to stop by Fiction Books today. I love meeting new people and your comments and visits will always be appreciated. I always talk back and love to visit new to me sites.

      I may sound a little selfish here, but I am so glad that there are only the two of us, so that for most of the time, things are generally quiet and serene. I guess that if there is any clattering around in the kitchen, then most of that will be down to me, also the gentle roar of the vaccum cleaner is also my domain!! Hubbie is not completley faultless though and I do keep threatening him with a hearing aid, even though he has perfect hearing, for when the TV is loud enough so that the whole street can hear it!!

      I am really looking forward to reading this one, I love storylines which deal with the complexities of human relationships and family feuds and the different ways with which authors treat the subject.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I am with you on the enjoyment of silence, unless it is me making the noise of course!

      I don’t think that this is a natural noisy scenario we are witness to though, it sounds as though Silvia is at the end of her tether and the fact that she has had to move back home with her father, may denote a more serious problem!

      Speaking with the author, it would seem that this family has more than its fair share of relationship issues and as much of it is based on her own life experiences, I am sure that it is going to be quite an emotional and difficult read.

      Thanks for stopping by, hope that all is well with you.

Written by Yvonne