A book review of Wish You Well by David Baldacci
This was a complete break away from David Baldacci’s normal subject of writing. There were no FBI agents, no government cover-ups, no big-money lawyers or high-tech assassinations.
Just a story about a family.
But what a story it is. This has quickly become my favourite Baldacci novel. It is set in the 1940’s in an extremely rural town in Virginia situated up in the bucolic mountains. This is where 12-year old Lou and her 8-year old brother, Oz, find themselves. They have been sent to live there after a family tragedy, and now they have to live with a great grandmother whom they’ve never met.
And so follows a collision of ‘normals’ and the city kids have to adjust to life with their elder ‘farmer’ relative.
Lou dreams of becoming a famous writer, just like her esteemed father. She looks to find her creative voice in the same mountains and farmyards which inspired her dad when he was a teenager.
As they nurse their sick mother, it was so clear how, through their walk of faith and the innocence of untainted youth, it brought about a keen wisdom. They learn to appreciate all they have in life and witness the dangers and destruction of mans greed.
It is a beautiful story which I enjoyed immensely. I loved following the family’s journey as they explored each other’s different worlds, and how, by doing so, they learn to accept and appreciate everyone’s different normals.
And for me, a few key elements stood out in the book: how a sad tragedy can often birth hope, and how through loss new joys can be found. Also how to be more accepting of people who are different to us, and try to understand their background to appreciate what has shaped their lives.
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