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Wish You Well MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 4, 2018
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- Publisher : Blackstone on Brilliance Audio (September 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1721309985
- ISBN-13 : 978-1721309986
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s not a murder or spy mystery. In fact, it’s not a mystery at all, but it nonetheless draws you in and holds you there as fully as any of his thrillers. It is the story of Lou and her younger bother Oz, two children thrown by circumstance into Appalachian life during the Depression, a change no less foreign for them than had they found themselves in China. Baldacci captures the ethos of the time and place splendidly, with rich characters you wrap yourself around.
I read it in two sittings, and when it ended I wished for it to go on. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I know what I will be giving away on my next round of birthday gifts.
Lou Cardinal is twelve years old in 1936 when tragedy strikes and an accident kills her father and leaves her mother a speechless zombie – a shell of her former self. Lou and her mother and brother, Oz, are sent to live with Lou’s great-grandmother on her farm in the mountains of Virginia.
On the farm, Lou and Oz are made to work hard. There are almost no modern conveniences there, and every bit of food, clothing, and everything else requires unrelenting work. Grandmother Louisa (for whom Lou is named) has two helpers besides the children – a negro man named Eugene and a boy who calls himself Diamond whose relationships are uncertain. Diamond appears to answer to nobody and seems to come and go as he pleases, but he is there when a large job is to be done. He also takes Lou and Oz exploring in the rare moments when they aren’t working.
A man from the nearby town also comes by to help sometimes. Cotton Longfellow is a lawyer by trade. He also volunteers to try reading to Lou’s mother to see if he can bring her out of the traumatized state she is in. Additionally, he manages to supervise the children whenever they come to town and sometimes is there to help with farm chores as well.
Though Lou and Oz have to work much harder than they ever have in their lives, it is obvious that Louisa loves them, and they in turn quickly come to love her as well. But other tragedies are about to strike, and some of these are not as accidental as the one that killed their father. The courtroom drama at the end was mesmerizing.
But also quite readable. Baldacci is a great author, and this book lured me in and kept my attention all the way to the end, despite being exactly what I expected: as home-spun as the people involved.
If you like how Baldacci writes, not just the action but the characters and other "dull" bits, you might find this interesting.
And, if you like this sort of novel, you might find it more than interesting, who can say?
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They are forced to relocate to their grandmother's primitive farmstead in Virginia where she cares for them instilling strong good values. There comes a time when everything she has is threatened by a mining company and the children face further losses. Supported by the family lawyer, they fight a battle to keep their home and family intact. The mother's illness maybe lacks authenticity but in the context of this delightful and engrossing tale it seems mean to knock off a star.
Shades of To Kill a Mocking Bird. I read it in one sitting.