Silvia Greco’s family is anything but peaceful and hasn’t been together in over six years. But when her brother graduates high school, Silvia is drafted into helping her mother organize a family gathering and welcomes the challenge. In her journey to make peace in her quirky, feuding family, she learns that peace isn’t something that’s freely existing but something that needs to be cultivated. In other words, she learns that olive branches don’t grow on trees. Filled with humor and unforgettable characters. Best of 2012, Suspense Magazine!
Be sure to check out the second book of the trilogy, Discovery of an Eagle, a soulful American road story told from Silvia’s older brother’s point of view. Filled with colorful characters, vividly painted landscapes and insight, this has been called a poignant, soaring story that takes readers on an emotional odyssey and opens their eyes to new perspectives by sources such as Kirkus Reviews and Midwest Book Review.
Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees (2012), Discovery of an Eagle (2014) and several short stories. She’s worked as a librarian for nearly twenty years and has been writing creatively since she was a child.
The author weaves a tale that is a moving and realistic portrayal of a dysfunctional family with enough drama and humorous family situations that will keep the reader engaged and entertained, while providing a witty sense of humor and subtle messages of life lessons to extend the olive branch and learn to live, love and forgive." Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"The sequences of Silvia's recollections into the past with her strong willed, born ahead of her time grandmother, the jobs she has held, and lost as it were, are nothing short of brilliant." Chapters and Chats Book Reviews
"Grace's intimate knowledge of her subject shows in her frank and open style of writing, which invites the reader into the lives of the Greco family, as though they were long lost friends and therefore there is no need to stand on ceremony, or pretend that things are not just as they are. An amazingly perceptive, cleanly written and well told story, marks Grace Mattioli's debut novel." Fiction-books.biz Book Review
"The author...manages to make us care about this family. All of the Grecos...are entertaining and their quirks are endearing. OLIVE BRANCHES DON'T GROW ON TREES is a very real drama that gets to the heart of the conflict within the Greco family." Indie Reader Reviews