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

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken roughly from the 50% marker on my Kindle download.

So as not to show any spoilers, I have not included a synopsis for this book, however, if you want to find out more about it, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

When he stumbled in at three in the morning, she was awake worrying. Yes, worrying about her father.

It was tough to believe that he had attended a prestigious law school, was a judge, a father of four, and a husband of a college professor.

As this was an author  invitation to read and review, a Kindle download was sent to me free of charge by Grace Mattioli, in return for an honest and unbiased opinion.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Tracy,

      When you realise just how dysfunctional this family is, that line isn’t as outrageous as you might think.

      I have only just started out on reading the book, but already I am hooked on a story full of conflicting human emotions and inter family feuding. So far an excellent debut novel.

      Thanks for the comments, hope you are having a good day, it is cold, damp and miserable down here in Somerset.

    • Hi Maria,

      I did find it quite funny that the character was led awake waiting for her father to come home in the early hours of the morning, shouldn’t that be the other way round?

      Thanks for stopping by, your visit is appreciated.

    • Hi Naida,

      I am not very far into the book as yet, however the story is shaping up to be really good.

      The storyline of a feuding Italian family, is to some extent based on the author’s own experiences, so Grace’s passion and intimate knowledge of her subject is already showng through and having a very positive influence.

      I am actually beginning to feel as though I know the family personally and in my mind I am giving them advice with their many problems and issues.

      As ever, thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I too think that the book’s title is quite a clever play on words and is also very appropriate and relevant to the storyline.

      You would only need to read the first few pages to work out just what the problem with her father is. I am only about a third way through the book and I am finding the storyline about this highly dysfunctional family, with their conflicting relationships, totally engrossing and written in a frank and open way, which many people could relate to.

      Thanks for stoppng by, your visits and comments are always much appreciated.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I am now a little further into the book and once I discovered what her father did for a living, the image these teaser line paint, is even less palatable and definitely even more worrying.

      Mind you, I am wondering just how dysfunctional one family can be, it makes my life seem mundane and boring by comparison!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to speak with you.

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