“In the Shade of Olive Trees is like seeking comfort in your best friend, and realizing that at your lowest point, there’s nowhere to go but up! A heartwarming debut!”
– Jen Craven, Author of Best Years of Your Life –

In The Shade Of Olive Trees is a moving novel about finding the joy you deserve after heartbreak. Kate Laack skillfully weaves a wrenching and hopeful story with richly imagined characters while taking you on a beautiful tour through Italy.

-Sarah Echavarre, award winning author of Three More Months-

“Watch for this author – she’s going to light up bestseller lists in the future!”

In the Shade of Olive Trees is a stunning debut. Get ready to be swept away to Porto Venere and into Julia’s journey of healing surrounded by sympathetic secondary characters.”

– Tif Marcelo – USA Today Best Selling Author of In a Book Club Far Away

“Kate Laack’s debut novel, In the Shade of Olive Trees, beautifully highlights themes of heartbreak, friendship, forgiveness, and healing.”

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Julia Brooks’ honeymoon has not gone as planned. Left at the altar by her fiancé and now traveling alone through one of the most romantic places on Earth, the first days of the trip are plagued with mishaps, train strikes, canceled reservations, and one ill-advised kiss in the shadow of the Duomo. 

Desperate to outrun her regrets both past and present, Julia reroutes her itinerary to the peaceful seaside village of Porto Venere where happenstance leads her to the most unexpected place to find comfort: Olive Haven Women’s Retreat for Widowed Travelers. 

There, among the guests’ stories of great love and great heartache, Julia faces the truth about the love she lost, a truth that changes everything she thought she knew. 

How badly can a heart break and still be put back together? Julia is about to find out.

“Everyone deserves incredible kindness, but people facing incredible heartbreak deserve it most of all.”

In the Shade of Olive Trees