Francesca Catlow: Behind The Olive Trees

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Behind The Olive Trees. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


She thought she’d found her lost past, but did she uncover all the secrets?

Melodie returns to her mother’s house in Corfu for the first time since inheriting it. Only, she discovers it isn’t empty. She finds someone has been living there; a girl who claims the property is hers.

Dismissing the claim, Melodie tries to enjoy her new life in the beauty of Corfu. The girl soon resurfaces and it becomes impossible to ignore her any longer.


Part of the joy of reading for me is being able to travel to different parts of the world without leaving my living room and Behind The Olive Trees achieves this for me. It is set in Greece and the author sets the scene perfectly, taking me with her every step of the way. 

Behind The Olive Trees has quite a few characters and it did take me a little while to get to grips with who was who, but once I did, it was easy to become involved in their stories and relationships. I found it very easy to root for the central character, Melodie. Her relationship with Keres was intriguing and I particularly enjoyed her relationship with her stepdaughter, Gaia, and how they helped each other with various issues. 

Catlow introduces us to a range of themes in this novel and i appreciated the way that they are handled sensitively and in a way in which readers can empathise with the characters and think about the questions that are raised as they are highlighted in the novel.

There were also a few secrets to be discovered and I enjoyed the mysterious elements of the story, trying to work out who I could trust and who was telling the truth.

I have not read this author’s previous work but I am keen to check it out and look out for her name in future. 

Behind The Olive Trees is available from Amazon.

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