Friday, 11 May 2012

The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti by Annie Vanderbilt

Title: The Secret Papers of Madame Olivetti
Author: Annie Vanderbilt
Release Date: October 7, 2008
Publisher: New American Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: General Fiction

"The coast of Southern France sparkles in this sexy, mature, and engaging debut novel.

Lily has come to southern France in search of a new perspective, hoping that the sun?s soft rays and the fragrant sea breezes will provide a relaxing respite from the demands of her lively daughter and her family?s Idaho cattle ranch. Two years after her husband?s sudden death, in the house that?s been in his family for generations, she finally finds some stolen weeks to make sense of the past.

To Madame Olivetti?her cranky old manual typewriter?Lily entrusts all her secrets, pounding out the story of the men she loved, the betrayals she endured, the losses she still regrets. And with the companionship of Yves, the seductive handyman who comes by to make repairs, Lily comes closer to understanding her exhilarating past?and to discovering she has a new story to tell?one about the delights of starting over." (

About the Author:
Annie has a lovely page set up on her website with some pictures, so I have just included a link to her website author information.


I’m not sure what happened when I read the back of this book, but I thought it was a mystery. I LOVE the cover, it caught my eye, and I was intrigued by how it sounded. Then I started reading the book. And then I read the back of the book again. And I realized I made up my own idea of what this book was about in my head. It took me a long time to get through this story I did not know I would be reading. It had a few good sections, but for the most part I found it...boring. I could not get emotionally invested in it. I was not fond of the main character, Lily, nor did I feel I could relate to what she was going through. Ugh, I hate bad books. And I hate telling people when a book is bad because it makes ME feel bad, but this book was just dry and boring and I didn’t know how I was going to make it through. I’m not saying Vanderbilt could not write a good book, this just was not it (sorry!) it for yourself??? Please keep in mind that this is the opinion of one person only, it does not mean you would not like it. I have included below a link to a blog post in which the author of the blog DID in fact like the book. So if you are considering reading this post, read Emma's blog post as well. Happy Reading!

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