Wish You Well

Wish You Well

eBook - 2001
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The year is 1953 -- and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devastating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in. Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on the kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court -- while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.
Publisher: New York : IPublish.com, 2001
Edition: 1st eBook ed
ISBN: 9780759560123


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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...

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.

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.

Dec 16, 2013

One of the best stories we have read!

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.

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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