About Olive’s Diary: an unputdownable story about hope, loss and second chances:
Olive is a middle-aged widow living in a small rural city of Canada, who is a lover of good books, cappuccinos and croissants. Olive knows what she is good at and stays in her box. That’s how she has lived her entire life, and after the death of her husband Robert… it’s enough to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
A year since Robert’s death, Olive’s life looks, on the outside at least, absolutely fine. She lives in the same family house and works at the same local public library. But there is something she hasn’t shared with anyone – even with her good old friend Leila. Ever since her husband passed away, Olive has suffered a lack of self-trust and confidence. To make the matter worse, her step-daughter Lily stopped communicating with her over the past year.
Then quite unexpectedly, on the anniversary of Robert’s departure, something unexpected happens. She meets Maple, a young female mathematician at a local coffee shop – a stranger who helps her navigate one of the worst days of her life. What Olive does not realize is that she and her new friend are about to change her life forever…
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Maiko Serizawa is a story writer and mathematician living in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. What inspired her onto the journey of story writing was the early loss of her one and only younger brother at the age of six. At the time, she wrote a series of adventure stories starring her brother and discovered the healing power in writing. As a writer, she is most fascinated by the subtle stories found in our day-to-day life. She loves visiting coffee shops for writing, and Olive’s Diary is inspired by her favourite café in Ottawa and her years of experience at different coffee shops around the world. You can connect with her on her website www.maple-and-olive.com where she keeps a daily blog of short stories. She is also the host of the weekly show Maiko’s Story Photograph Podcast available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.