Fans of the historical genre will find Romancing Olive a sweet and satisfying read. Today I'm giving you an in-depth look into this book as well as the chance to win an Amazon gift card. So keep reading for a taste of this new release by Holly Bush.....
1891 . . . Spinster librarian, Olive Wilkins, is shocked to learn of her brother’s violent death at a saloon gaming table. Compelled to rescue and raise his children, Olive travels to Ohio, intending to return to her Philadelphia home with her niece and nephew. Little does she know that the children have come to love their caretaker, widower Jacob Butler. Will Olive return home without them or learn to love Jacob as well?
Jacob saw misery and guilt and worry line her face as the shadows of night descended and she shook her head. "It wasn’t your doing. And it’s not your fault," he said.
Miss Wilkins met his eyes and declared softly, "Whose fault is it then? Who more than their blood relatives? I failed them."
Jacob watched a shiver run through her. "Are you chilled?" he asked.
"No, Mr. Butler, I’m not chilled. I’m angry."
"Anger doesn’t solve things. Sometimes nothing does. Except time."
"But I could have come sooner," Olive Wilkins said and stepped back from him, fists clenched. "Why didn’t I Mr. Butler? I’ll tell you why. I’ve lived my life; my whole thirty-five years reading books and watching other people live their life. And now, here, those children bear the brunt of it. I buried my nose in a book and my house and my cat and failed them miserably. I made quilts for charity’s and ignored the questions and the doubts I had. I painted a picture of domestic tranquility and never dreamt these children were living, do you hear me, Mr. Butler, living a Dickens tale."
Jacob’s head inched back with her near hysteria, as she asked and answered her own questions and he knew there was nothing to convince her otherwise. He watched as she calmed herself, righted her dress and shook her head.
"All you can do now, Miss Wilkins, is love them and maybe the past will right it’s self," he said.
"Yes, of course you’re right. I’m terribly sorry you witnessed my outburst." Olive Wilkins turned and walked to the porch.
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.
Website - www.hollybushbooks.com
Twitter - @hollybushbooks
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