David Baldacci's million-copy-plus bestseller is now a feature film available on DVD and video on demand!
Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes—and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.
A Reader's Recommendation
Baldacci has written a few books which are a departure from his "usual," but when he departs, he does a wonderful job. Wish You Well is a touching and beautifully written story about two children, a family farm, and a way of life that was threatened. If you're looking for a heartwarming story that will leave you thinking of a simpler life with good values, delightful characters, and moving dialogue, then Wish You Well is worth reading.
I recently watched the movie version, and while it doesn't go into the same depth as the book, it is phenomenal. The casting, the setting, the script—all wonderful. Plenty of tears were shed.
Book Source: Reader's personal library
Book Edition: Paperback (pictured above right); 432 pages
Movie Source: Rented from local store (will be adding to personal collection)