The Olive Garden Choir by Leah Fleming

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for this enchanting book today. Thanks so much to Aria Fiction for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the blog tour.

About the author

After careers in teaching, catering, running a market stall, stress management courses in the NHS as well as being a mother of four, Leah Fleming found her true calling as a storyteller. She lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales but spends part of the year marinating her next tale from an olive grove on her favourite island of Crete.

Follow Leah:
Twitter: @LeahleFleming
Facebook: @Leah Fleming

About the book

An evocative novel of secrets, love and redemption under the Greek sun.

On the beautiful island of Santaniki, close to Crete, it’s not all white sands and sunshine. When retired bookseller Ariadne Blunt suggests the English residents form a choir, there are groans of resistance.

After a little persuasion, the group gather in Ariadne’s olive garden to rehearse, but each member of this choir has their own struggles and secrets. Ariadne’s partner, Hebe, is in failing health. Clive struggles to accept the loss of his wife while Della, the Pilates teacher, drinks too much. Then there is Mel, the real songbird amongst them, English wife of a taverna owner who hides her talent until the choir inspires her to raise her voice once more.

In this tiny community, the choir brings the residents together like never before in a bittersweet tale of love and loss – and how life can begin again when you let go of the past.

My Review:

This is such a beautiful novel. The setting is, of course, stunning, and I could picture it so well.

The characters are what really makes this book so special though. They’re so well drawn, and their lives intersect and make for such a rich tapestry of life.

The focus is on the group of ex-pats who join the choir, and we get to know them all in turn. They each have their secrets, their worries and their dilemmas. As the choir develops, lives are changed, and friendships are formed.

What I also loved in this book, however, is that we get a glimpse into the predicament and the lives of the refugees who have arrived on the island. It’s very thought-provoking to see the human stories behind what we often see on the news, to see what these people have to go through.

A very well-rounded book, with the perfect pace, wonderful characters and a beautiful setting. A touching and fascinating story. Highly recommended.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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