Wish You Well

Wish You Well

Book - 2000
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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.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c2000
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAL
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 21 cm

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jomur
May 30, 2019

THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST MOVING BOOKS i HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. HAVING LIVED IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES. THROUGH MILKING THE COWS. CHASING THE CHICKENS OUT OF THE COUP. PICKING THE EGGS AND MUCKING OUT THE BARN ETC.ETC. IT HAD SO MUCH MEANING. FIVE STARS FROM ME.

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bookpusher
Nov 17, 2018

Even though this is not the type of book I normally read, it was an enjoyable read. I am a little confused about something at the end though...

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BurtonP
Jul 06, 2016

"The air was moist, the coming rain telegraphed by plump, gray clouds, and the blue sky fast fading." This is the first sentence in Baldacci's 'Wish you well'. I really like this authors writing even though I'm not a great fan of adjectives. The story line runs smooth, the chapters are just the right length, I never got bored. The physical book had adequate binding but the pages were uneven. I feel the girl Lou's personality had more maturity than one would find in a twelve year old, even for that time period but that's about the only discrepancy I found. The plot, the prose, the underlying history, the touches of ancient Cherokee/Apache self sufficiency; all these work together to make this a pleasurable and unforgettable book.

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writermala
May 28, 2015

Wishing You Well illustrates that David Baldacci's writing transcends genres. In this book which is a departure from his thrillers Baldacci writes about simple yet powerful characters - Lou, Oz, Louisa, Cotton, Eugene, and Skinner all tug at our heartstrings and I was just enthralled by them. The description of life in Virginia on the Appalachians was beautiful and the plot though simple was elegant.
The author talks about belief and what it can achieve and love and its potency.

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RIJN
Dec 16, 2013

One of the best stories we have read!

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annphi
Oct 14, 2013

What a beautiful story. It had all the
ingredients for a wonderful read!
One of David Baldacci's finest

akasq Aug 08, 2013

I enjoy all of David Baldacci novels,
but this one is one of his better ones.
A heart warming story of family,love
and hope. A real feel good story.

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erinsnest
Jul 31, 2012

Started July 29, 2012.......bought it from the discard bin at the library (Blairmore, AB) (don't trust myself to read library books in the rowboat at the cabin!)......most books take me until almost 1/2 way to get into them, this one had me by page 15. Guess I'll be checking out more of David's books!....July 31, 2012,...page 125, and can't wait to read more. Aug 16....whoops!, haven't been by a computer for a while.....loved this book, will definitely read more of David's books. Not sure when I finished it, but I have read 1-1/4 more since July 31st!

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

After a car accident kills Lou and Oz's father and leaves their mother in a coma, they are sent away from their home in New York City to live on their great-grandmother's farm.

FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

After a car accident kills Lou and Oz's father and leaves their mother in a coma, they are sent away from their home in New York City to live on their great-grandmother's farm.

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