The Olive Picker

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
271 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2016
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Author Biography

The Olive Picker is Kathryn’s first full length book. She has previously written Solitaire, a short story that was published in The McGuffin Magazine in 2006. Her short stories Hot Lips and Runners were both accepted for on-line publications in 2005 and 2009 respectively.

Kathryn wrote The Olive Picker while she lived in India and is now back home in her log cabin in Colorado. Kathryn writes a travel blog reporting on the second half of her life, which features the humorous aspects of travel and other issues. It can be viewed at: One of those letters, "Naked Guy," was published in her hometown Colorado newspaper, The Mountain Connection, in 2013.

Kathryn happily retired when she and Peter moved to India, and she is pursuing her lifelong love of writing. Through her writing, she gives hope to those who find themselves in abusive situations, wherever they are on their journey

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Olive Picker: A Memoir by Kathryn Brettell is a great book that will make you believe in strength and courage. Kathi’s life has never been easy, but this hardcore woman has kept her head held high and made sure that she had positives in her life along with the negatives. You will join Kathi on her journey where she fights domestic abuse, rebuilds her confidence, and becomes the person she is today.

Her story is heartbreaking, but her recovery is inspiring and very, very brave. The way she has written the book makes you understand her personality and how she is a fighter. The book is sometimes sad, sometimes happy, and sometimes hysterical. But when you are reading it, you will never ever feel pity for her, and that is because she never feels pity for herself. She is a strong, resilient woman and it shows in her words.

It is written perfectly; you can feel her emotions, feel her fear, and the way she makes up her mind. You can actually imagine her voice reading her words to you. It is very powerful and very dynamic. Reading the book was almost like meeting her in person. I guess some people are just gifted like her. After reading this book, you will learn to appreciate yourself, learn to love yourself for who you are, and never settle for anything less than what you deserve. You will cherish your mind, body, and soul because you will know that it is a gift.

B.K. Crawford

This is hands-down the best memoir I have ever held in my hands. Kathi's story moves the reader in so many ways, and the writing style is brilliantly strategic in that the choices she made as an author keeps the reader turning pages with an irresistible urgency. Bravo!