I finished reading a book recently that was by an author that’s new to me……Wish You Well by David Baldacci. I think the book isn’t new, it’s been out a while and I’m probably the last person around to have read it. I believe he normally writes thrillers or legal thrillers so I may not read many of his other books. This one was more of a southern story set in the Virginia mountains where his mother grew up. It was a little bit different than the usual light, predictable stories I read and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much! The time is 1940, Louisa and Oz lose their father and their mother is unable to care for them. So they’re sent to live with their great-grandmother in the Virginia mountains and must learn to adapt to the hard work and rugged way of life. Told through the eyes of Lou, a precocious 12 year old girl, it’s sort of a coming of age story. I loved the characters, and the descriptions of mountain life and the time era really drew me in. It was a book I sort of savored and hated to see end. If it’s not one you’ve read before, you might enjoy it!

10 Responses to ““When You Wish Upon a Star””

  1. Nancy Carson Says:

    I just love a good book. Thanks for sharing… I haven’t had much time for reading lately (except for Bible study) but I do love it- especially on rainy days! Have a great weekend.

  2. Stacy Says:

    I have been wanting to try some of his thrillers, but after reading this, I might just have to get this one too. I’m sure my library has it, so I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing list 🙂

    Good review!

  3. Karen (mommy of three) Says:

    I own and have read several of his books, including this one, and I loved it as well. He is a fantastic author! Enjoy the rain:-)

  4. Southern Girl Says:

    That’s on my list to read…I think it’s the only one of his books that I *haven’t*! His political/legal mysteries/thrillers are great. He’s probably my favorite author in that genre. 🙂

  5. motomom Says:

    I love this author. I will add this to my list of future reads.

  6. becky Says:

    I just finished this book too. I mean, just. It was so good. I really loved it.

  7. annie Says:

    That sounds like a great book, I haven’t read anything fiction in so long! I may look for this one though.

  8. Stacy (the other one) Says:

    That sounds really good. I’ll have to add it to my list.

  9. Karen Says:

    I read this last summer (the only one I’ve read by this author.) I enjoyed it so much. One of the things that struck me is how easy our lives are, in terms of how little physical work we have to do to make a living — and especially our kids. The kids in this book were up in the freezing weather at the crack of dawn to do chores that mattered for the family’s survival. The consequences of them not helping out was life or death. Not an easy life.

  10. Debi Says:

    I’ve read a couple of his thrillers…they are soooo good! And I also read The Christmas Train, which is not a thriller, but is also very good! I don’t believe I’ve ever even heard of this one…but I bet I’ll be looking for it now.

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