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Precocious twelve-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes -- and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experienciPrecocious twelve-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes -- and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love....

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Wish You Well Reviews

  • Chris
    2018-10-29 16:47

    I am not a Baldacci fan...never read another of his books. But this is not characteristic of his legal thrillers. This is a beautiful story about 2 children learning what is really important in life...and it's NOT money. I've heard that in many places this is becoming required reading at the junior high/high school, level and it should be. It would be most impactful for this age. I loved it and will remember it long after I forget many of the other books I have read. I wish everyone would read this book. It's on the level of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2018-11-03 15:13

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  • Alison
    2018-11-07 13:13

    Everything about this book is terrible. The writing is sloppy (once you've written 800+ books, do you get a free pass on editing?), the plot is predictable and contrived, the characters are flat, and the theme of belief in the face of despair is bludgeoned in with no finesse. Spoilers Ahead! (Kind of. This book is so predictable it'd be hard to spoil.)The whole storyline is weak, but the ending is almost fantastically ridiculous. The previously comatose mother wakes up saves the day in the courtroom - a plot device pulled out of a made-for-TV movie. And I cringed at the "afterward" written by future Lou. She grows up to be a famous, wealthy writer, her brother grows up to win a World Series with the Yankees. Everyone's dreams come true. It's fairytale ending that even Cinderella would have trouble believing. If Baldacci had ever treated his characters/setting/subject matter with irony or even subtlety, I might have wondered if the afterward was playful meta-fiction, to be taken with a grain of salt. But, no, just straightforward drivel.Quite simply, there are better books out there.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-12 11:58

    I laughed and I cried (mostly cried)...I would not typically read this type of book, but this story of hope and triumph of the human spirit had me hooked to the very end. It was well written; the characters were deep and engaging and the setting beautifully described.This is the story of Louisa May (Lou) Cardinal; a precocious 12 year old from New York. Her father is a famous (albeit underpaid) writer and she has a caring mother and a younger brother named Oz. When the whole family is in a car accident that kills her father and leaves her mother unable to take care of her and her brother, they are sent away to live with the woman who raised their father; their great-grandmother.Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a landscape that could not be more foreign to her. On her great-grandmother's farm…on the land her father loved and wrote about, Lou finds her first true friend, learns lessons in loyalty, tragedy, and redemption; and experiences adventures tragic, comic, and audacious.

  • Shobhit Sharad
    2018-10-20 13:11

    There are a lot of books which make you feel things- sometimes happy, sad the other times, and much more. Then there are some books which grab you by the scruff, shake all emotions out of you and refill you with a new experience of things which you never felt before.This is one of those books for me.I won't dare to say this book is perfect. This is a story of a struggle, of how humanity works, of how you should live, of how you can improve, and I can go on listing things which the book very subtly touches and etches those things in you. And such books are never perfect, you can find a whole bunch of faults or loopholes in it, or you can appreciate it and take something worthy out of it.I'll not even describe or comment upon how the characters were or how the story was, because they were not characters of a story; but live, breathing people with whom I spent my time, and went through all they went.David Baldacci is, apparently (because I've not read him much), a writer of legal thrillers and such. But with this book he has shown his versatility, and convinced me to read more of him.

  • Jeannie
    2018-11-09 10:06

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved being transported to another time and place. I loved the characters and the writing made me feel as if I was there."The place smelled of coffee, wood smoke, and baking fruit pies. Umbrellas for sale hung from the ceiling. There was a bench down one wall, and three swivel chrome barstools with padded green seats were bolted to the floor in front of a waist-high counter. Glass containers filled with candy rested on the display cabinets. There was a modest soda and ice cream fountain machine, and through a pair of saloon doors they could hear the clatter of dishes and smell the aromas of food cooking."

  • Maureen
    2018-10-24 09:04

    This was a complete departure for Baldacci and I really enjoyed it. He showed a completely different side of him and his writing skill were shine. I cried, and learned about the hardships of people living in the nountains of Virginia just before WWII, with no power and hard life farming. ENJOY

  • Leah Weiss
    2018-10-28 12:15

    I really enjoyed this book because it was set in a place I hold dear in my heart: Appalachia. A good read, for sure.

  • Christine
    2018-10-25 14:09

    Really a touching story and a stark departure from his normal books. This tells of life in the mountains of Virginia and appreciation for the "simple" life.

  • Dan
    2018-11-14 12:12

    TLDR: David Baldacci read "To Kill A Mockingbird" and thought he could write the same book just as well. He was wrong.“You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.” –Gene Wilder, Blazing Saddles Apropos of nothing, I’ve been thinking of Italian Western epics a lot lately, so I thought I’d do this review with a Sergio Leone flavor.The Good: In truth, I enjoyed Wish You Well more than I thought I would. David Baldacci is not the sort of author I usually read, but my mother, who enjoys light and trashy paperback fiction convinced me to read it in return for (failing to try) reading Watchmen. I had expected far worse than I got. The action centers around young Lou and Oz Cardinal who lose their father in a catastrophic car accident which also leaves their mother comatose in the framing sequences. The Cardinal children, along with their crippled mother are forced to migrate from New York to their Great Grandmother’s farm in Appalachian Virginia. The story is fairly enjoyable and moves along swiftly and smoothly, with few sticking points to bog it down. Baldacci has a clear affection for the Appalachian mountains and lingers a lot on the power and majesty that he feels from them (Coming from Alaska, the Appalachians are just foothills to me, so I can’t really identify here) and that much shows in the writing. The plot is sweet without drifting too far into saccharine territory for the most part. It’s also commendable for Baldacci to move beyond his usual themes of espionage and thrillers into something a bit more human, even if it is just a brief vacation.One shouldn’t expect great, soul moving literature from a novel like this. That it’s quick and interesting enough for the reader to make it to the end is sufficient to qualify as brain candy.The Bad: Nonetheless, inoffensive story aside, Wish You Well is not well written by any reasonable standard or comparison.The viewpoint character, Lou Cardinal and her ubiquitous younger brother, Oz simply do not read as children. From page one on, they make decisions and think like adults. On occasion, Mr. Baldacci seems to recognize this and attempts to write them like true children, but still misses, with Oz seeming like a mildly retarded adult.The trouble with the children is most glaring because of their primacy in the plot, but it applies to nearly all of the characters. None seem properly human. The elderly Great Grandmother, Louisa Mae reads like a flat stereotype of the “Tough but soulful old broad” category. Equally, country lawyer Cotton Longfellow and black farmhand Eugene Randall could easily just be called “City Educated Nice Guy” and “Country Educated Nice Guy” while sneaky, violent neighbor George Davis may as well be named “Asshole Hillbilly” (Or Bob Ewell or Dubya if you like). The book is rife with other one dimensional stereotypes masquerading as characters including “Corrupt City Lawyer”, “Spunky Country Boy” and my favorite “Moustache Twirlingly Villainous Mine Operator”. Baldacci seems to have trouble fully developing many of his plot points, either starting them and leaving them forgotten or plopping them down jarringly without explanation or further visitation. An example of the former is the specter of the children’s dead father, or lack of one. It seems like he should be more palpably present in the story, since ostensibly, the plot turns on the grieving and growing of a shattered family. I’m thinking something in the vein of “Death of a Salesman” rather than “A Turn of the Screw” here. But, instead of letting us get to know Jack Cardinal by inches through his family and the home he grew up in, he’s mostly ignored except for a few brief episodes, leaving him less than even the one dimension given to most characters. We’re often told how much he is missed, but beyond that, we’re not really shown it. A particularly jarring interjection takes place later in the story when Lou is attacked by a pack of wild dogs during an ill-advised late night horseback ride. Until the pack closes on her, the problem of wild dogs isn’t mentioned once, though Lou seems fairly unsurprised by the animals. The scene is bafflingly resolved when the local mountain lion, famous for terrorizing farmsteads and killing livestock, swoops down upon the dogs and chases them off. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. This bizarre occurrence is then brushed aside and never revisited. The Ugly: Something that struck me about Wish You Well and Baldacci’s essay on it on his website was his desire not just to convey his affection for and the beauty of the Virginia mountains, but also the simple people inhabiting those mountains. Unfortunately, he either flubs it entirely or is far too honest. His mountain people as a whole, with the notable exception of Louisa Mae, come off as ignorant, close-minded and grasping as such people very likely are. Baldacci manages to not make his hillbillies quite “Deliverance” quality throwbacks, but the picture he paints of the people of Appalachian Virginia in 1940 is far from favorable.The honesty, if honesty it is, should be commendable. But when an author sets out to paint a picture of an idyllic country setting and instead fills it with mobs carrying torches and pitchforks (exaggeration mine), he has failed.In the end, Wish You Well was not the worst book ever written. The story has its charm. But the characters are poorly executed and the writing overall feels rushed and poor. Hearsay has it that Baldacci writes his novels very quickly, and here, despite good intentions, it shows.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-31 09:10

    I've never read any other David Baldacci books, so I can't comment on how this is a departure from those plots, even though it's very obvious that it is.The story itself is well-written, with two main children characters who are forced to grow up and learn to rely on each other after they are faced with tragedy. They move from the city to a rural town in Virginia, where they first meet their Great-Grandmother, the woman responsible for raising their father.The story follows the two children, Lou and Oz, as they make the transition from city dwellers to country kids, learning about their father, their family, and themselves along the way.It's amazing that I liked the story as much as I did, especially because Lou very easily could have been qualified as an annoying girl who just didn't know when to shut her trap...but boy, did that girl have spirit. It was the spirit that kept her from crossing the line to a child you'd want to slap, and helped balance the initial skittishness of her little brother.There's a classic tale of older sister taking care of younger brother, doing what she had to to ensure he was safe, while trying to keep the tough chick facade that she had created.I'll admit the story ended up being a lot more touching and inspiring to me than I thought it'd be at the beginning. Baldacci's descriptions of the place the kids end up calling home speaks of beauty, love and pride in the land.

  • Barbara Seda
    2018-11-08 17:05

    This is really a hard review for me to write mostly because those I know who have read it liked it and most of the reviews I have read loved it. I just don't understand WHY! I feel like I did not read the same book.First, I think that it did not help that I read this book at the same time we were reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I do feel like this was a poor homage to To Kill A Mockingbird on some level -- two precocious kids, court room drama, evil protagonist. Sadly, David Baldacci is no Harper Lee. He can be descriptive and he can do it well but sometimes it feels like he is just droning on - you know like the person who goes on and on and pays no attention to whether anyone is listening ... "It was very early morning, when the birds had barely awoken and thumped their wings to life, and cold mists were rising from the warm ground, and the sun was only a seam of fire in the eastern sky". The man can turn a phrase but sometimes less is more.Another issue for me was that he never really vests me in the characters. One example of this would be the character of the dad. (spoiler) He kills him off in the first chapter. We know very little about him except that he is a poor but respected writer. We don't really ever get a sense in the next 400 pages of why we should even care except that he dies tragically and his children miss him. He tries to evoke memories of him by hitting us over the head with his poetic nature via letters he had written to his great grandmother or his wife (one section even uses his writings from childhood) but it really does not work.Which brings me to the issue of the kids -- I am a kid and neither I or even my smartest friends talk like this! He writes for children like how he thinks children would sound like ... When Cotton tells Lou something, she snaps at him and says something to the effect of "I can't look back anymore. I need to look forward and to take care of Oz (her brother)". She is 12! No 12 year old is that thoughtful - we are selfish creatures. My cousin lost his dad at a young age and before his dad died he was asked to take care of his little sisters - as thoughtful and sweet as he is, even HE doesn't talk like that. By the second chapter, Lou and Oz have lost one parent (in front of their own eyes) and another is in a coma. They get shipped off to rural VIrginia to do hard labor on a mountain farm. They go from New York City where they had museums, music, running water, and electricity to living with a great grandmother they never met or heard much about and they NEVER complain ... not once, not ever. Also, right away they acclimate - never would have happened that fast. Don't get me started on the panther - they talk vaguely about this panther throughout the book and then all of a sudden it shows up one night and then is never seen or even mentioned again. Lou goes out on her own after (spoiler) Diamond dies and she is randomly attacked by a pack of wolves. What?? In the entire book, Lou and Diamond go out at night and they are never bothered by a pack of wolves ... wolves are never heard or EVEN mentioned as a potential problem while traversing the mountain at night. Lou goes out and she is attacked by the wolves and is saved by the panther ... you know the panther that all the farmers say is bad and evil. After that happens, Lou mentions it to no one and it is never discussed. Is the panther an angel, is it her father reincarnated to protect her ... who knows, no one because it is NEVER explained.The characters are all standard and contrived ... salt-of-the-earth great grandmother Lou; honest, hard-working lawyer, Cotton; tough, yet sweet, school-of-hard-knocks kid, Diamond; and evil, (if he had one) mustache-turning evil neighbor, George Davis ... every last one unoriginal and stereotypical. I read that they made this book into a movie and that is perfect. It is an unoriginal, predictable, happily-ever-after clap trap they like to make in Hollywood.

  • Tina
    2018-10-19 09:51

    I am going to make this one short and sweet. I have never read anything by David Baldacci before as the only books I saw by him seemed to be legal-type books which I don't read much of. But after seeing Wish You Well on the shelf at the local library, it sounded like a book I could not pass up. Because I really didn't know what I was in for, the first chapter or so didn't have me convinced, but once I got to about the third chapter I was totally captivated!! This was such a beautiful story! I can't even find the words worthy of describing it. The setting of this book is magical. I could picture it so clearly in my head, although I have never stepped foot in the state of Virginia or been on a mountain in my entire life. David Baldacci's writing is almost poetic the way it filled my head with the images of this place that I can only think of as being amazing. Then we have the characters. There were so many that I fell in love with that I couldn't begin to tell you my favorite. But, if I had to pick, it would probably be Louisa. Little Lou and Oz melted my heart, and you couldn't find a better friend than Diamond or more exceptional people than Eugene or Cotton. And Louisa was the perfect example of an beautiful human being. I wish I knew someone like her in my own life, as I would certainly be blessed to know them. They will not be forgotten anytime soon.There were many times I found that my eyes welled up while I was reading. To me this means that the book has reached me on such an emotional level that it has far surpassed any other book that I had thought was the best thing I had read before. I am quite sure that it will take me awhile to find another book that has this kind of impact on me. If you want a book that you will become emotionally attached to - this is that book. When I closed the back cover, this book had definitely accomplished what it set out to do - it made me feel. It grabbed my emotions and never let go. It made me smile but it also broke my heart. It made me feel the pain of loss, and the shame of cruelty. But along with this I felt joy and love.I have already recommended this book to many people. And now I am recommending it to all of you. If you only read ONE book this year, make it this one. You can thank me later.

  • Camilla
    2018-10-31 11:53

    Halfway through I thought I would have to put the book down forever (forever ever? yes. forever ever) because it felt like the book was taking a godly turn a.k.a a Milla-will-put-down-the-book-forever-ever turn, because I really don’t want to read about how God saves everything, because, yeah, I don’t do sci-fi, okaay? Anyhow…The book is about a sister and brother who lose their parents in a car-wreck, and gets sent to live with their great-grandmother on a mountain.. Well, they lose their father, and their mother is in a coma, and is with them on the mountain, I should say. She just lies in a bed and sleeps throughout the book… I really wish I could have done that too instead of reading it…..We follow sister Lou (11 or 12 I think) and Oz (5-6-ish) through their first year (ish) on the mountain.. Of course there’s some drama in it. What will happen to the children?! Meh. Boring. Also. I found it creepy how the lawyer dude saw the woman in a coma (who literally just lost her husband in a car wreck), and automatically thought he wanted to “read to her”. Which we all know what meant, and it's absolutely ridiculous to add a love-story with a woman in a COMA who just lost her HUSBAND 2 days ago.. I mean.. Get away from me right now, I don’t even want to look at you.Apparently the husband was soon forgotten.. There were also some mistakes in the book, which made it seem like it had originally been from a first person pov. I do not like mistakes in my books. The end.All in all it’s just a boring story, really. 1 star.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-20 11:14

    Wish You Well.This is a book that made me cry, and pulled at my heart, but at the same time made me smile and really appreciate what I have before I loose it. The emotion in this book was powerfully written and motivating. It’s about an everyday family, everyday people who loose everything, but slowly learn to live in their new world and cope to the emotional turmoil that has happened upon, a young brother and sister. I’m glad that I was encouraged to read this book, with this book’s setting being in the time of 1940 it was not a book I would have found and read on my own, and I really enjoyed reading about Lou and Oz. It was well written; the characters were deep and engaging, and so real you could almost see yourself in the lives and world that the words create.With their father dead and their mother in an unconscious state, the two children move away from their home in Brooklyn, New York into a beautifully described Virginia rural mountain town, to live with their grandmother, on a farm. Oz teaches you to hold on to your faith and always believe in your love, when Lou shows you that through any tragedy you must come through strong and keep living and loving what you are left with. You learn about the ups and downs of a young brother and sister who loose their world and move into a new one, so completely different, but fit in so naturally.

  • Kellie
    2018-11-15 10:07

    Wonderful book about a girl and her brother who get sent to her grandmothers in the Virginia Mountains after her father is killed in a car wreck and her mother goes into a catatonic state. Very different from what Baldacci usually writes but very enjoyable. It is 1940 and the accidental death of their father sends two children, Lou and her younger brother Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of southwestern Virginia to live with their great-grandmother, Louisa Mae Cardinal. Life is different in Virginia where food is homemade, school is a long walk down the road, and chores involve rising early in the morning. The children flourish. Then the local coal-and-gas company comes around, conniving to seize the property. The climactic courtroom battle, which will decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, is as unpredictable as it is relentless.

  • Sammy
    2018-11-01 14:02

    Not going to lie, I didn't really have high expectations for this book. Perhaps if I didn't it wouldn't have been as good as I thought it was. You know how that happens? You set yourself up for something really great and then end up being disappointed when it's not as good as you thought it was going to be? Well, whatever, with Wish You Well I was not disappointed.The only problem with the book was that it was a little clichéd at times, not a big deal, but a little annoying. Most common cliché was that whenever she was angry or upset Lou would shout/say/cry her final impacting statement and then take off running. That also leads me into how the kids themselves were walking clichés it seemed. I don't know if Baldacci had been around a lot of young people because his interpretations just seemed to be diluted copies of how other people have written kids.I believe the main audience for this book would be women and/or young adults, but I wouldn't let that deter you men from reading this. The whole book contains messages that transcend all age and gender boundaries.Large font, small pages, and short chapters could classify this book as a quick, yet moving, beach read. One thing Baldacci hoped to accomplish was to make readers interested in seeking out their own unique stories hidden in their family history. That's one of the most important messages in the novel, cherishing what's truly important and lasting not the fleeting, shallow joys of today.Overall? Good, easy, enjoyable read.

  • Michael Dipietro
    2018-11-06 15:54

    Alright, I'm not going to be eloquent about it, but I HAVE to add my two cents because there are just too many glowing reviews of this book. It is so so sooooo cliche, every plot device comes straight out of made-for-TV movies, which several reviewers have commented. Makes me think of Umberto Eco's essay on Casablanca, "The Cliches are Having a Ball," because the whole thing is a mishmash of courtroom drama and wistful 'long-lost simple life' tropes. The ending is ridiculous. I think I have an extra big chip on my shoulder for this one because I was forced to read it in a high school English class, because several cases were donated to the school, and I knew, oh I knew, that it would be terrible. Lifetime movies are more nuanced than this one.

  • Annet
    2018-10-19 11:11

    This is not your usual Baldacci, legal and crime writer. It's a story about two kids, 12-year old Lou and 7-year old Oz, who loose their father in a car accident in New York area, leaving their mother in a coma.They move to their great-grandmother Louisa to live with at her Virginia Mountain farm. Quite another life, to get used to, and on top of that Louisa's farm is threatened by gas companies who try to take over her land.Entertaining, easy to read, good feel of the times, culture and the mountain life.

  • Carol
    2018-11-18 09:47

    Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes--and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.I've read all of David Baldacci's series over the years but this was so different from all of those. As I was reading it I kept thinking that it sounded almost like an autobiography, and then at the back of the book were family pictures from Baldacci's grandparents and his mother. So turns out it was a "labor of love". This book displays what a magnificent story teller David Baldacci really is. It contains all types of surprises mixed with a scene that will bring tears to the strongest of readers. Taking place from the 1930's and 1940's it offers the reader an opportunity to take a vacation to another time and place and share in lives rich in family history.

  • Shrikanth Venne
    2018-10-28 15:07

    Again one of the classic book of David. This book is about cardinal family living in Virginia mountain. The book is rather slow in the starting which is because author has tried to build up the story for a classic climax. The book is very fast towards the end specially after the death of Jack diamond Skinner one of the character in the book. overall a superb Goodread.... 😃

  • Tara
    2018-11-18 09:13

    This is a heart felt story about people, about family. Lou and her younger brother Oz find themselves alone as their father has passed away and their mother has entered a catatonic state. They head up the hills in Virginia to live on the mountain with their great grandmother Louisa, whom they have never met, but heard frequently about from their father's stories. Their experience there is filled with trials, opposition, danger, learning, growth, understanding, friendship, love, and faith. I grew so attached to the characters and was on the verge of tears through much of the book. Although it was evident that life on the mountain was not an easy one, the simplicity of life up there was so intriguing. Louisa kept saying throughout the whole book that she didn't need anything more than the land. She could make due with whatever it gave her. And she did. And Lou and Oz learned a bit about faith and holding on and love. It was really a great story.

  • Jaime
    2018-10-30 16:02

    This was a sweet story about a couple of kids that are given more hard knocks than they deserve. I normally don’t like it when authors switch genres (see: James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell), but this was wonderful writing from Baldacci. The ending is a little sugary-sweet-fairy-tale-ish, but it’s forgivable.I felt a little bit of an extra connection to this story because it is set where I live. I’m not quite in coal country, but I’m on the cusp of it. People around here hold on to their way of life as fiercely now as they did then, even if that way has changed a bit. I can also appreciate Louisa Mae’s connection with the land, since my own family made their living from the land for a long time.

  • Shannen
    2018-11-05 15:12

    Reviewing books is not my forte, so all I will say is that I enjoyed this one more than I had thought I would at first. The first couple of chapters I was, through tears of heartache, wondering what I had just gotten myself into. So, in order to calm my troubled heart, I read the end first. At least enough to enable me to keep reading. And I'm glad I did (keep reading and read the end first). It was a touching tale. It read very easily and was captivating - I stayed up until after 2am reading it last night and had to finish it this morning before doing anything else (sorry to my family that now will live in a dirty house for one more day). The characters truly were as rich and unforgettable as the dustcover claims. I eagerly await the book club discussion on this one ladies!

  • Cindy
    2018-11-12 17:17

    Lovely, homespun and poignant tale of mountain folk and simpler times and ways. (Probably the kind that would survive and prosper in dystopian times). Well narrated (some done by the author). This isn't like authors usual story. Thoroughly enjoyable for any age and most genre-lovers. Highly recommended.

  • Roberta
    2018-11-07 17:02

    UGH! I've never read anything else by David Baldacci, so I can't compare this to his "usual" writing. What I can say is that I thought the whole book was hokey - from the annoying dialects to the improbable situations and far-fetched solutions.

  • Majo's Library.
    2018-10-31 11:07

    Baldacci, who wrote "The Camel Club" saga (the legal thriller) among other things, has a very interesting voice. I enjoyed this book and thought the characters were well-developed. The plot line was interesting, with lots and lots of emotional and physical baggage.

  • Samantha Pincus
    2018-10-30 11:55

    Throw that cheesy Vampire down the stairs, while you're doing that, toss this one as well. You will not ever get these hours back in your life :)

  • Asghar Abbas
    2018-10-18 09:15

    A departureand what a departure it wasa book about books, love of writing, and familyfacing everything as oneand standing together

  • CynthiaA
    2018-10-28 13:48

    So I did like this story. I happily read the whole thing, and there were things about it I liked. It was a fast, easy read. I loved the character of the grandmother, Louisa, she struck me as the most authentic. But the story was overly sentimental, the writing was forced, the villainous characters seemed cartoonish, and the young people didn't seem all that young, except for Oz, who seemed too childish and then suddenly, too adult. I see that lots of people love this book, so maybe I am too critical. It reminded me of a watered-down To Kill A Mockingbird, without the racism.