Sweet Olive by Judy Christie Zondervan ISBN 978-0-310-33054-7

Having terrible memories, Camille Gardner had vowed never to return to Samford, Louisiana, but her job with her uncle’s company places her there as she is to persuade the landowners of the rural town of Sweet Olive to “sell their mineral rights- and allow use of their precious water for the drilling of natural gas.” For the most part, the town’s residents are not receptive to this. Sweet Olive, written by Judy Christie, is the story of Camille’s past, her present life and, quite possibly, her future.
Initially, Camille thought of the landowners in terms of the amount of land they owned. As she comes to know the residents of Sweet Olive for the talented artists and special people that they are, her professional role becomes complicated. As her relationship with the community deepens she begins to question her role. Does she have the heart to pressure them to sell? Further complicating the situation is the mutual attraction between Camille and Marsh Cameron who is the attorney Sweet Olive residents hired to represent them. The story takes many turns and is filled with surprises.
This novel is about people who embrace a unique type of life and who value the things that really matter. The author has skillfully created a rich setting that welcomes the reader. Written with wisdom and warmth, the author brings to the reader a special story.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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