Olive by Emma Gannon

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Leaving something behind isn’t just about having a child who will roam the earth after you’ve gone. A legacy is made up of everything you’ve ever done. It’s everything you leave behind. It’s every choice you make. It’s every person you meet. It’s every feeling you’ve passed on. It’s every story you tell.”

Disclaimer – I received a free digital download of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had absolutely no expectations of Olive when I started reading and I found myself getting more and more intrigued the more I read. The book is a first person narrative from Olive’s point of view and chapters jump between present day and past memories all centering around Olive’s small group of friends as they navigate ‘baby’s’ or the lackthereof.

I found the book really raised a lot of stigmas around women and the pressure of motherhood that surrounds being female and growing older. The book really made me question a lot of my own experiences and those around me, as well as understanding those in different circumstances and the choices they might make.

I’m somebody who has always felt the ‘twinge in my ovaries’ upon cradling a new baby and it was interesting reading from Olive’s perspective how some women just don’t have that and really understanding the thoughts and feelings behind why motherhood isn’t something that she wants.

All in all I thought it was a wonderful book that fully explored the topic of motherhood and how it fits into the modern day woman’s life, a definite must read for any woman, young or old.

Published by Tahmasebi Reads

I’m an avid reader, particularly of poetry and romance genres although I often read anything that takes my fancy. I’m an alpha/beta reader for author Alana Khan, an alpha reader for author Deja Blue and an ARC for NetGalley with a long review history on Amazon and Goodreads as well. Welcome to my blog!

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