THE OLIVE TREE by Robin Estridge


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Not as incisive as Sword Without Scabbard, but a mild entertainment of mixed traditions and affections when American born Mike Selva accompanies his father on a mission to his native Montarax- in Spain- to bring his grandmother back to America with them. But Dona Catalina who lives on determination and a pride in her past, is alert and cunning and quick to recognize that Mike is a throwback to his ancestors- and belongs in the olivario she refuses to sell, although she agrees to return to America with them. And as a hostage to the future, she persuades Juana, who is young and desirable, to bear Mike's child- without marriage. The Selvas leave, and while Dona Catalina falls ill in the new country, Mike is increasingly restless- even with Kathie whom he had once loved. And so it is that Dona Catalina and Mike return to Spain- and the olivario- and the son Juana has borne in their absence.... A light, slight story and not too acquired a taste.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1953
Publisher: Morrow