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The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge [Kindle Edition]

Christine Nolfi
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A savage rape on hallowed ground. Secrets buried for decades by the town’s most influential family.

Now Ourania D’Andre will learn the Great Oak’s secrets as construction begins at the Fagan mansion. She can’t afford to turn down a job that promises to stir up the long-buried guilt—and the passion—she shares with powerful Troy Fagan.

She’s already juggling the most important job of her career with her new responsibilities as a foster mother for young Walt and Emma Korchek. And there’s a hard, older man on the construction crew with eyes void of emotion—cold and killing. The secrets of his brutal past will pose a grave threat to the children in her care. Will she find the courage to face him?


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"Poignant and powerful, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge is as much a saga of learning how to survive, heal, and forgive as it is a chilling crime story, unforgettable to the very end." --The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as "highly recommended" and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at christinenolfi.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Christine Nolfi (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IO78QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted and satisfying April 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't typically read in this genre, so it was a slight stretch for me, but I'd heard good things about Nolfi and wanted to read for myself. I found The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge to be well-crafted and satisfying. There are some interesting themes, about family and familial ties, as well as multi-generational families in small towns. (That part, in particular, really rang true for me, still a "newcomer" after a mere eight years in the tiny town where I live.) She also explores adoption from the perspective of an adult adoptee as well as from the perspective of a foster parent who comes to love her foster children so deeply that she wishes to adopt them permanently. She gives a nod to multi-racial families, but without making a big deal out of race; the characters are simply who they are.

Once or twice I felt the book started to lean toward the conventions of a romance novel, as in Chapter 2, which is largely devoted to how beautiful the heroine is. Another example: Ourania's eyes are described as "whiskey-hued," which I found intriguing the first time, but a bit tired by the third or fourth time.

Overall, still a book I'd recommend. The characters are real and appealing, the story is realistic and engaging. I found every plot thread enjoyable, and each gets wrapped up nicely by the end. I hope to read more of Nolfi's writing in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely novel! July 20, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is about a woman named Ourania who seems to have closed her heart and life to anything but work. She is an electrician, making her way fairly successfully in a "man's world." She takes on a job at the Fagan mansion, and she is then bombarded by many memories...most that still haunt her and that have made her the closed off person she is today. In her teens, she was friends with Jason Fagan, and had a very mixed love/hate relationship with his brother Troy (more hate than love...). One night their hate for each other turned into passion and they made love, both recognizing their true feelings for one another but never acting upon it. Several weeks later Jason was murdered, and as a result, Troy and Ourania never reconnected, and essentially their adult lives were shaped by that tragedy for which they both blame themselves.

In the meantime, while working at the mansion, Ourania becomes a foster mom to two children - Walt and Emma. They are sweet children who have been in an abusive home with their father, and their mother has passed away. They become attached to Ourania and she to them, as her heart begins to open up and see what she has been missing in her life. Seeing the way the children react to their father makes Ourania want to adopt the children...but will she be able to?

I don't really want to write a spoiler, because this book deserves a read. It is full of interesting characters, situations, and hard choices. I definitely recommend this story to people who enjoy a little bit of mystery in their books, who enjoy eloquent writing and descriptions, and who want to read a story with a happy ending. I believe that this book is a great read and deserves more recognition, which I hope it will receive!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The Fagan family are having their mansion renovated, to build a new south wing for their pregnant daughter and husband to live in. The Fagan family run a successful orchid business; they shipped produce throughout the U.S employing several hundred people. The company had made all the family millionaires.

Their son Troy had left the family business to work in construction and he was working on the renovation for his family. Troy is feeling anxious about the renovations due to the part of the house that they were renovating was his teenage brother, Jason's room. Jason had been murdered fifteen years ago.

Ourania D'Andre runs her own electrical business; she has got a job working on the Fagan's renovation. She sees the job with the Fagan's as the most important of her career and she is hoping it will lead to more work. But she feels her job may be in jeopardy because she and Troy share a past. So she wants to work really hard and prove that she can do the job. She knows that Troy is just looking for an excuse to fire her.

When Ourania's mum, a social worker who manages family services which champions children's causes before state judges, needs an emergency foster home for two children while their father is in therapy. She asks Ourania to take them in. Ourania at first declines because she knows taking on the children would complicate her job. But when she meets the children she decides to take them. She has to struggle with working and looking after two small children.

While renovating Jason's room Ourania finds a box at the back of Jason's closet.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Story of Everlasting Hope March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First off I would have to say that this particular author came to me highly recommended from a good friend. And I was more than a little honored to be one of the first reviewers of her latest book. The story in this book consisted of many twists and turns I both saw coming and yet still did not fully expect. For example, the story initially started out with main character Ourania D'Andre, an independent, female, blue collar electrician whom is just about to start a home remodeling job working for the family of a late friend. She needs the work so that she will be able to prove herself to her family, apply for a much larger contract at the family's plant, and to be able to put her electric business in the black. But as the beginning chapter progresses, I unexpectedly learn that although Ourania D'Andre was so driven in her career pursuits, she was also secretly a foster mother, which was a rather intriguing aspect of her character. Continuing the story I came back around to some more expected events as well. That, given how important both jobs were for Ourania's success, I was not surprised to read that her boss was someone that would pose a problem. He was a childhood arch nemesis, her late friend's older brother and, of course a past lover.

After finishing this book, I wound up truly enjoying the story. I loved how the author addressed and immersed cultural differences amongst the characters. Leading the characters to interact and really flesh out the story that they were telling. So much so, that I found myself to be interested the entire time when my favorite character Dianne made appearances. The author was able to write her in so a genuinely sweet and endearing way I couldn't help falling for her. As she gave the story such energy and vitality with each scene she was involved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This has been an incredible reed. I HIGHLY recommend it!
This book is definitely a page turner. I've been sick lately which gained me a HUGE break from my life and kids and spit me straight to this book I've been waiting to read, a book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heikel101
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, one I did not want to put ...
A good read, one I did not want to put down. Would have given 5 stars except for the abrupt ending. I was captivated right up to the very end, but the ending left me wondering,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by songbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and touching
I read what other readers had to say, including the 1 star review. I don't agree with at one person. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L J Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!!!
This is an amazing work of literary fiction. Christine Nolfi has a way with words that just draws you into the story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by deb B
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
This story held my attention from start to finish. Lots of surprises in this book and it was all presented in such a manner that nothing was obvious. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joan Maholtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Nolfi is a wonderful writer. Her stories are an amazing interweaving of characters, plot and setting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by suet
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christine Nolfi Book is a Hit!!
The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge didn't disappoint. In fact, it kept me up until 1:30 a.m. so I could finish it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rachelle K. Zayicek
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional squared!
one has a mystery. catholic religious input by participants in which it seems that the jeweled rosary has a continuity with the significant characters - mystical. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer. PEGGYD0111
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging characters, multiple story lines, and family secrets
I enjoyed this book on multiple levels. The author did a good job bringing the characters to life - even those not appearing frequently were clearly depicted and well developed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Read!
Christine Nolfi continues to be one of my favorite authors. I put off reading this book for a couple of reasons and am happy too say that I was wrong to do so. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as "highly recommended" and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at www.christinenolfi.com

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