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Under the Olive Tree

Under the Olive Tree - Courtney Miller Santo This is a short novella about family structures and the role females play withing the structures.The Keller women are obviously a complicated lot. The author shows a common structure of strong generations of women with a matriarch at the top of the pyramid.Each woman has secrets, weaknesses and distinct personality traits.I think it is a story that offers emotion and insight without becoming overly soppy.The novella serves as an introduction to the women of the Keller family and in the last chapter, which is a preview of [[ASIN:1848509766 The Roots of the Olive Tree]], the reader is sent back into the matriarchs past.It felt the single characters could have been introduced with a little more clarity. At times it was hard to follow who was daughter, sister, mother or grandmother to whom. Other than that it is a pleasant read with a strong family message of coming home and feeling safe.