November 1, 2011
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In 1891, spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table and her sister-in-law’s subsequent murder, traveling far from her staid life to rescue her niece and nephew, now orphans. She arrives to find the circumstances of her brother’s life deplorable and her long held beliefs of family and tradition, shaken.
Accustomed to the sophistication of Philadelphia, Olive arrives in Spencer, Ohio, a rough and tumble world she is not familiar with, facing two traumatized children. Her niece and nephew, Mary and John, have been living with a neighboring farmer, widower Jacob Butler, the father of three young children of his own and a man still in pain from the recent loss of his wife.
Real danger threatens Olive and Mary and John while Jacob and his own brood battle the day-to-day struggles for survival. Will Olive and Jacob find the strength to fight their battles alone or together? Will love conquer the bitterness of loss and broken dreams?
About The Author:
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.
Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.
Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and vice-president of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.
Having read Train Station Bride by Holly Bush, I was excited to read another historical western romance from a talented lady! I was definitely not disappointed when I read this one, and I am definitely looking forward to reading more by her!
Romancing Olive is a sweet story of an aunt who has traveled from her childhood home in Philadelphia to take on the role of guardian for her niece and nephew, after receiving a telegraph from her brother’s in-laws stating that they’re orphaned after the tragic deaths of her brother and his wife. Once she arrives in town, she learns that there is more to the death than just a simple murder. And when she makes it to the home of Jacob Butler, what she finds is so much more than just Mary and John, her charges.
Jacob Butler is still grieving the death of his wife and trying to raise his children on his own. After finding Mary and John alone in his neighbor’s home after their deaths, he takes it upon himself to care for them. Now, he has 5 mouths to feed and a farm to run. He’s not counting on the way he feels when he sees the beautiful Miss Olive, especially with danger lurking and hope lost.
With a twist of suspenseful mystery in each new page turn, Ms. Bush has created a tender story of moving forward and embracing true love. I loved every minute of this 4 Book worthy novel and I recommend it to everyone who loves historical romances. The characters are vibrantly created and the plot line transports you back into history.