Sweet Olive by Judy Christie is the story of Camille Gardner, a negotiator for a large oil and gas company owned by her uncle. Camille has been summoned back to Samford, Louisiana in order to try and get the landowners in this town to sell their mineral rights to the company. Many years ago, Camille spent time in Samford, and her memories of this small southern town are anything but pleasant. Camille is working to fulfill an obligation to her uncle so that she can get on with her plans for her life. She wants to settle down and stop traveling, but can't do this until she does what her uncle asks. Camille doesn't anticipate being drawn in and enchanted by the artists' community she finds in Sweet Olive and becomes a part of the lives of the people there.
This book has a charming feel and a sweet small town setting. The reader is pulled in as well and gets to know the characters along with Camille. I am sure many of us can relate to Camille feeling pulled in two different directions and being so unsure about her future. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to these characters in this town in future novels!
I received a copy of this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.