- While a fictional piece of work, this historical novel is based in part on fact and extracts
from a friend’s life shared, albeit with some degree of trepidation.
- ‘Full Circle’ is a story of the indomitable spirit of a youth.
- 12 years old and orphaned
following WW2, he follows a clandestine lifestyle on the London streets while England
rebuilds after the war.
- His rescue of another teen from the streets and their liaison cause him to experience the
pain and intensity of first love and parenthood subsequently separating them. Becoming a
seafaring adventurer he spends many years travelling across England and Canada finally
returning to his homeland to re-claim his lost love and their daughter.
Occasionally, a window in life opens allowing the light of ever-enduring love to shine in;
a brilliant all-encompassing love.
As with all windows it must eventually close and the conscious and physical love are no
more only to evolve into an energy force of unimaginable magnitude merging two
soulmates to travel as one throughout eternity.
Many never experience a love such as this but those that do are indeed blessed.
Found Ms Carroll’s second novel to be a most enjoyable read. The heartwarming tale of endurance, interspersed with nuances of historical fact. It took me on a journey of delightful discovery with her portrayals of areas travelled by the main character.
Avid reader. Ontario.
An easy read, presenting an abundance of interesting historical facts whilst chronicling the tough times immediately following the World Wars and beyond. Above all it is a story of steadfastness and enduring love, making it thoroughly enjoyable and ultimately satisfying.
What a fantastic story! You follow an orphaned boy throughout his life as he deals with hardship, survival, and love after World War 2. I’m an emotional person, but I will still warn you that this book is a tear jerker.
This is definitely one of those books that I will forever keep in my library, and take it out to read again and again over the years.
- Olive is a story of human endurance spanning over four generations; from the end of the 19th century through to WWII, during the almost-total destruction of Southampton, a port city in southern England.
- Olive is the spine of this historical novel. Ostracised at birth by her family, Olive’s life is that of an opportunist and black marketer. She uses her sex, guile and music skills to move up, but there is a price to be paid and the children bear the cost.
- Olive demonstrates the impact one woman had on those whose lives she touched.
- The book also encompasses the ultimate triumph of 6 children making it to better lives.
I found “Olive” to be an easy and enjoyable read. I thought that it was well researched and presented just about the right amount of historical content. It provided a good insight into the privations suffered by the characters during both World War eras. One couldn’t help but feel for their plight. I am eagerly awaiting this author’s next offering.
Dawn Oliver, Australia
Olive by Linden Carroll This author has a gift for making the reader feel the pain and anguish of her subjects. She developed her characters well and made them real. The story gives us a look at how one brief moment of passion lead to the heartbreaking choice Olive’s mother had to make out of desperation and then the life of Olive begins to unfold.. It’s not what you are expecting, you won’t want to put it down and you will be left wanting more.
Loved this book, the Romany culture – the storyline covering the four generations was rich in description and well worth the read. As a new Canadian author I am looking forward to further stories. Sharing this book with friends as my Christmas gift.
The author’s work epitomizes the spirit and soul of the British People through two wars, who while impoverished still retained their personal strength, comradery and dignity while dealing with the atrocities inflicted upon them. It is her hope that the writing of this book will in some small way reinforce the importance of remembering those stalwart souls.
Publisher Austin Macauley Publishers (August 31, 2017)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers