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The loss of their close friend draws four women together.And a summer spent sorting through personal effects offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.Sable—Her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything, in fact, has nothing but a past she is desperate to hide. Elly—The intellectual who has hidden herself within the walls of academThe loss of their close friend draws four women together.And a summer spent sorting through personal effects offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.Sable—Her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything, in fact, has nothing but a past she is desperate to hide. Elly—The intellectual who has hidden herself within the walls of academia, afraid to admit she is tired of being alone. Barbara Ann—The talent behind twenty-six romance novels wakes up one day to discover she's lost control of her career, her sanity and her family. Beth—Her popular mysteries have become the only way she can fight against the secret tyranny of an abusive husband. In The House on Olive Street, away from their troubles, the four women discover something marvelous: themselves. And along the way they realize a dream. For, in telling the story of a remarkable woman, their own lives begin to change....

Title : The House on Olive Street
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ISBN : 9781551665450
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Number of Pages : 402 Pages
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The House on Olive Street Reviews

  • Catherine Anderson
    2019-05-29 19:24

    I loved the House on Olive Street. The characters leaped off the page and straight into my heart. Sable is particularly fascinating. Hiding a dark secret in her past and having been accused of a terrible crime she didn't commit, she is particularly sympathetic as a character, but each woman in the book brings to the page a different thought for a reader to ponder. I highly recommend this book to my friends!

  • Darcy
    2019-05-30 16:28

    This one started out slow for me, but some all of a sudden as I was reading I realize that I had fallen for this book, these women, and the very idea of the house as their safe haven.All of these women are so very different, and some are hard to like at the start, but as the story goes on you realize they are just like you. Hiding things that they are ashamed of both in their past and in their current life, they are both jealous of their friends success and happy for them, and all of them need the support of their friends but don't realize just how important that support is until it is necessary.Each of them also has to take a long hard look at their lives, see what is not working and find a way to make their life work, often in a whole new way.This was a great story about friendship, love, and life, and how you should never let those girlfriends disappear!

  • Joy
    2019-05-20 19:47

    This is closer to 4 and a half stars. A friend told me it was one of her favorite Carrs, and I agree. There is plenty of depth as four women deal with the death of a friend.The worst problems in their own lives are brought out into the open, and they find they can deal with them because they are together. These problems range from a buried past to a dangerous marriage to a humorous situation in which five big men are oblivious to the pressures they are placing on the woman in their life.This is my favorite read of a novel so far this year. I started reading it even before I had paid for it, and dropped everything else until I finished it at 2:00 AM.

  • Mollie *scoutrmom*
    2019-06-15 14:40

    Unlike the other sixteen (yes, sixteen) books I've read by author Robyn Carr, this one is not a romance, even though there are some happily matched couples at the end. This is a book about the strength four women authors find in friendships that enable them to set their own lives straight and move forward into relationships. In some ways it reminds me of Debbie Macomber's book, Thursdays At Eight, or her Blossom Street series, though I think this one is better.The characters in The House On Olive Street are beautifully drawn in depth. These are women we'd like for our own friends. The plot keeps one turning pages, with excellent pacing. If the insights into the workings of the publishing industry are accurate, it's a marvel the authors in our world continue to write for us. Definitely a keeper; I'll be reading this one again and again.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-31 15:26

    Gabby, Elly, Beth, Barbara Ann and Sable, are five women with distinct writing careers who form a close-nit writers group. The five women meet once a week at Gabby’s house. One day when they arrive early at Gabby’s place to throw her a surprise birthday party, they find her dead. The women are devastated and torn apart with grief. When a letter is left with Beth for the women they realize it is more than a bunch of words written on a piece of paper. That letter is actually the courage they need to move on and discover themselves and their full potential. Living at Gabby’s house for the summer gives them a new perspective to their lives. They discover more about themselves during their time spent with each other when they gather at The House on Olive Street.Sharp, touching and sentimental, The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr is a must-read!Recommended4 Stars

  • Marleen
    2019-06-04 12:38

    I understand that Robyn Carr wrote this book in 1999. Well, it’s certainly telling that this author delivered much better work before she started on the too-long standing Virgin River books, of which only the 1st book was excellent and had certain gravitas and depth. All the other Virgin River books after that 1st one are lacking in character-depth and a good supporting cast – in my opinion. On the other hand, I thought Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley trilogy was simply outstanding.Here in THE HOUSE ON OLIVE STREET there’s indeed more to like because she created multiple characters which led to much more interesting dynamics for starters. I won’t say that all 4 women writers were equally interesting, but I liked that these women were realistically portrayed! They were not all gorgeous and slim, nor rich, and they had normal working & family lives. That is so important. From the 4 women writers I liked Elly (Eleonor) best: she was grumpy, sturdy, plain and 57 years old, but it was what she did for her friends and what she stood for that made her loveable, and that was captivating. I also loved Barbara Ann, 43, mother of 4 grown boys who decides she had enough being their maid/housekeeper (while having a job as a writer too) and needs a drastic change, even if she loves her family so very much. The stories of Sable and Beth were less riveting to me: for instance I don’t believe in tabloid fodder being interesting in trashing the personal life of a respectable novelist. No, that sounded overreaching. All in all, a pleasant read full of wisdom and sound advice about balance, self-respect, family life, support systems and friendship. A well-deserved 3,5 stars!

  • Jackie Lane
    2019-06-03 14:29

    What a departure from Carr's Virgin River series. In this book, the theme of coming together in a crisis as in the VR books prevails. This is the story of four women who come together after the tragic death of their friend. All of the women are writers and/or educators and they have formed a club and all meet at Gabby's house.There is Elly, who is the matriarch. She is a spinster who has made a life for herself within the walls of her own little home. She is a recovering alcoholic.Sable, who is a best-selling novelist and who has had to dig deep to find herself after going from foster home to foster home and dealing with a mother that was not there for her.Barbara Ann is a mother of 4 boys and a loving husband, who suddenly feels very underappreciated and sees her career spiraling out of control.Beth, a mystery writer has an abusive husband and is very shy.All of these woman come to live together at The House On Olive Street after the death of Gabby, who was their anchor, and they work together on a collaboration of one of Gabby's novels, an almost biography of Gabby's life she has written over the year, but with false name. In doing so, all the secrets that these women have kept hidden in their past and present come out of the closet, so to speak and the four of them, together with Gabby's mother, find a way to make a summer into a lifetime friendship and show their strength and conviction for one another.A great read by one of my favorite authors.4.5 stars

  • Sanhita
    2019-06-13 12:50

    May not be exactly the same dramatic way as in this book, but many of us have a friend, who does not make it obvious or apparent but she in a way holds the group together. Those of us who have a friend like that will be able to relate to this story more easily. The four friends of Gabriella move to her house after she dies suddenly, to organise her papers, manuscripts, books etc. It's the story of these four friends who have different problems of their own. Gabby though not there physically, is present there throughout the story, because it's story of her life that becomes the base for the others to be there. The individual problems are recognisable and keeps happening in the society. And the story ends in a positive note for all, where individually each fight their demons and come out a winner.A very readable book. The story-telling good to hold your interest. If you are in no mood to read something serious at the same time do not want to read a rom-com or things lighter than that, you'd enjoy it.

  • Frances Brown
    2019-06-02 12:22

    Robyn Carr, a talented romance author, wrote this book back in 1999. Definitely not your classic romance, I believe the work would have gained much higher acclaim had it been marketed purely as "women's fiction" rather than romance. It is a hidden treasure.A writer's group of five women gather at one member's house to find she has died - unexpectedly, on her fiftieth birthday. The surviving four women come from backgrounds so different, it seems the story will be over before it begins. But a letter left to them by the deceased, written many years before, asks that they "finish her work." The four set off on a campaign to piece together Gabby's last work in progress, and in the process piece together and heal the ills in their own lives.An excellent story, well written. If only Carr had had a better editor (to weed out her use of cliches) and the right platform, this book could have become a classic. Highly recommend.

  • Joyce (Chloe)
    2019-06-19 19:35

    Loved it ... For my own info from book ...Elly, Sable, Barbara Ann and Beth. They have been drawn together by the sudden death of their friend Gabby—and the favor she has asked of them. For these four women, whose own lives have become unhappy works of fiction, a summer sorting through Gabby's personal papers offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.ELLY—the intellectual spinster who's hidden herself within the Walls of academia, afraid to admit that she's tired of being aloneSABLE—her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything in fact has nothing except a past she's desperate to hideBARBARA ANN—the talent behind twenty-six romance novels, who wakes up one day to find she's lost control of her career, her sanity and her familyBETH—her popular mysteries have become the only way she can fight back against the secret tyranny of her abusive husbandIn the house on Olive Street, away from their menagerie of troubles, these women will discover something marvelous: themselves, each other and pieces of a dream that only they can make happen. For in telling the hidden story of a remarkable woman, their own lives are about to change….

  • Kathrynn
    2019-06-13 17:21

    This book revolves around the lives of 5 women that are all authors of various genre's: struggling mystery novelist, successful romance novelist, journalist, etc. They are such a diverse group, but they "click." They meet regularly and share their friendship, offer guidance to the younger ones, but all have secrets. This book starts off with the death of one in the group. For various reasons, they each move into the house and become roommates for a summer. Per the will, they sort through the deceased friends writing and see what can be thrown out or used, etc. What they unravel is a love story that had me grabbing the kleenex box. This author does not focus soley on one or two characters, but each had their own stories and they were all wonderful!One of my favorite books!

  • Susan
    2019-06-17 11:40

    This is a wonderful book about the friendship of women. Four women, all authors and members of a small writers critique group, come together one summer to sort through the papers of another member of their writer's group after the woman unexpectedly and suddenly dies. This is the story of their summer and how they all come to terms with who they are, where they are and what they truly want out of life.

  • Carol
    2019-06-05 15:50

    I thought this book might be depressing, four friends sorting through a recently deceased friend's things, but it was very uplifting. All of the women came to some realizations about themselves and their lives and moved forward in a positive way. There was gentle humor, intelligent dialoge and multiple heroines.

  • Karen
    2019-06-11 18:22

    This is a wonderful story of women spending time together and finding a space in which everyone is accepted for who they are. Who doesn't want to have that in their lives? I enjoyed getting to know each of these characters and seeing them grow.

  • Emily
    2019-05-21 18:21

    If this was my first book by this author, I wouldn't have read another. That being said, it was an ok chick-lit novel about a group of women writers. Thank goodness I've read other, better ones by this author

  • Wendy T
    2019-06-10 18:36

    This was such an enjoyable book of true friendship. I just loved this story.

  • Nedra Haymon
    2019-06-11 18:50

    Excellent! Four ladies who through triumphs and disappointments learn to love life all over again. I vividly see this as a movie one day!

  • Teri Pre
    2019-06-18 18:30

    I really enjoyed this book. Different than her Virgin River books but in a good way.

  • Lesley Moseley
    2019-05-25 14:41

    Probably 3 1/2 stars. Simple writing but the characters are very realistic, so I got quite invested. Basically chicklit, but I enjoyed it.

  • Laura de Leon
    2019-06-06 17:23

    This was my first Robyn Carr book, but it won't be my last. This is grown up chick lit-- fiction that looks at four women, each at a crossroads in her life,drawn together by the unexpected death of the fifth member of their group.Elly is a college professor. She's now involved in a relationship that she's not willing to share with the world (including her friends) because it doesn't fit with her image of herself.Beth writes murder mysteries, but she is very shy in her everyday life. Part of this shyness is a need to hide the problems in her marriage-- problems that sometimes leave physical signs.Barbara Ann works hard as a writer of romance novels, but can't quite make it to the next level of success. She is also mom to young men, and it often seems like she's mom to her husband as well. The effort of caring for these adults (or close to it) that don't in any way appreciate it finally gets too much for her.Sable is a highly successful author, but she's built a shell around herself, one based on a whole new identity she created in an effort to escape her past, a past that is catching up to her.I loved meeting all four of these women. They all became very real to me, even if their lives and problems ranged from ones that I see everyday to ones I can only stretch my mind to imagine.Each woman was a mixture of strength and weaknesses. Their relationships were similar-- the group had been held together by Gabby, and when she was gone, they didn't always know how to deal with one another.Each woman makes a personal journey over the course of the book. Each of them touched me, and left me wishing I'd see them again.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-05-27 17:46

    3 STARS Eleanor, Sable, Beth and Barbara try to surprise their fried, Gabby on her 50th birthday are in for a shock when they find her dead on her couch. Gabby's death effects each women as she was the glue that brought these writers together and kept them together. Beth's handsome pilot husband won't give her a baby or his affection and uses her disappointments and anger to write her mystery novels. Barbara wants to be a bestselling romance author really bad...not just for the fame but for her family - sons who do not seem to want to leave home. Sable is well known and a wealthy author but does not talk about her past. Eleanor is serious and practical and thinks she is happy alone. Gabby has left them in charge of her writing material and this project brings them to the edge and allows them to face their fears and do more than just hope for a better future.I was a bit disappointed with this novel after reading Virgin River and A Summer in Sonoma. I liked the premise of them being writers and writing different genres but I could not really feel any emotion of any of them. I did not love or dislike any character (other than my hate for Jack - Beth's husband) and did not feel happy or sad about what was happening. And to be honest I have no clue why... I did finish the novel and while I was not eager to read it I did not avoid it either. Hmmmmmmm

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-27 18:38

    My sister-in-law had commented that this book was one of her least favorites from Robyn Carr. If that's the case, then I have a LOT of books to add to my TBR pile!! I really, really liked this book, so can't imagine how much I'll love the Virgin River series.Honestly, the book did start off a little slow and I wasn't enthusiastic about the characters. Moving from Part I to Part II, things started picking up and I started to get really interested in Sable, Elly, Beth, and Barbara Ann. Somewhere along the line I just couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going to become of everyone. So, on Christmas Eve Day, when I should be out grocery shopping and wrapping gifts, I've said, "one more chapter, one more chapter, just one more chapter - oh, who am I kidding, I need to finish this now!"I am a total sucker for books about women's friendships and development. This book delivered in spades. I even teared up reading the epilogue because I was so happy for everyone.

  • Gillian Doyle
    2019-06-02 17:49

    The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr was wonderful! Four friends, four authors, drawn closer together by the loss of their best friend. As an author of more than 30 years, I felt a kinship with all of the characters. So much truth about the publishing world. Surprisingly, this is my first time reading Robin Carr. Can't wait to read so many more!! Narrator Christina Moore did a fabulous job with the characters! I will definitely be looking for more audio books narrated by her.

  • Jo Ann
    2019-06-20 19:41

    This isn't great literature/writing...but it's a good beach/summer book that I read for a small book club with close friends, and I enjoyed it. Sable, Elly, Barbara Ann, and Beth, come together in one home for a summer, to get their separate lives together, heal themselves after the death of their 50 year old friend, Gabby, and go through Gabby's memoirs, writings, etc. All writers, their friendship challenges them and helps heal their life challenges and hurts, while healing their pain of losing Gabby. It's funny, poignant, warm...

  • Jeannie
    2019-06-10 18:50

    I enjoyed reading about Gabby's love life with John Shelby and I felt that the love was not lost at all even though they didn't end up being together eventually.I liked how the 4 friends came together and became closer friends after the death of Gabby. How they brought out the courage to face their own fears and accepted each other for who they really were.

  • Jess
    2019-06-12 18:42

    Not one of my favorites from Robyn Carr, I guess because I'm used to her romance books and this wasn't really romance centered. It was very much a book about women's friendships with eachother. I'm not saying it was a bad book, but it wasn't what I expected when I started reading it so it took me a little longer to get into it.

  • Debflowers7
    2019-06-07 12:41

    I'm not a Harlequin kind of reader, but I loved this story about four women writers who come together after the death of their dear friend. The characters were enjoyable, the writing witty and I found myself laughing at unexpected moments. As you move through this story it's like a snapshot of your own life; friends, marriage, raising children, and dealing with life's imperfections.

  • Maeleah
    2019-06-13 16:29

    Normally I enjoy Carr's books. I absolutely love her Virgin River series. This one is about four older women who are drawn together after their dear friend dies. They find her dead on the day they were going to give her a surprise birthday party. However, I just wasn't connecting to the characters in this one.

  • Cindy
    2019-06-05 18:29

    I normally really enjoy Robyn's writing, but I had a hard time getting into this book. I felt that the ending was rushed and that some of the characters weren't as well developed as I would have liked them to be.

  • Lita Bouquard
    2019-05-25 16:30

    I was bored and got to part 2 and was still bored.. SO slow, so annoying.. I do like the Virgin River Series. Wow I can't believe anyone gave this 5 stars. I love a book about women friends but this didn't do it for me.