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.