Wish You Well is the story of Louisa Mae Cardinal, a precocious twelve-year-old girl living in the hectic New York City of1940 with her acclaimed but sadly underpaid writer father, her compassionate mother, and her timid young brother, Oz. I have spent days looking for it, belive me. This section contains 434 words approx. Soon, it is replaced by malls, schools, religious buildings and other concrete structures. The action centers around young Lou and Oz Cardinal who lose their father in a catastrophic car accident which also leaves their mother comatose in the framing sequences. David Baldacci is not the sort of author I usually read, but my mother, who enjoys light and trashy paperback fiction convinced me to read it in return for failing to try reading. Well, whatever, with Wish You Well I was not disappointed.
She is caring and willing to make sacrifices for those around her. For instance; Louisa Mae Cardinal, being the principal subject of the novel is depicted as a girl who was ever curious, strong in spirit and engaging. The first couple of chapters I was, through tears of heartache, wondering what I had just gotten myself into. I do feel like this was a poor homage to To Kill A Mockingbird on some level -- two precocious kids, court room drama, evil protagonist. Eternally optimistic, this character is always very innocent, radiant, and joyful, although easily frightened.
It was a fast, easy read. Southern Valley is represented by Thurston Goode, a renowned lawyer from Richmond. Entwined throughout the slowly developed plot are descriptions of Virginia mountain life that are so real you can feel the morning mist rolling down the mountainside. Not even a good plague? David Baldacci is an amazingly talented and versatile writer who is known mostly for his thrillers, but he actually has written books in several genres. I laughed and I cried mostly cried.
But after seeing Wish You Well on the shelf at the local library, it sounded like a book I could not pass up. Still, deep in, she is caring and willing to make sacrifices for those around her. Lou goes out on her own after spoiler Diamond dies and she is randomly attacked by a pack of wolves. Character development is an important part of all novels. The story follows the two children, Lou I've never read any other David Baldacci books, so I can't comment on how this is a departure from those plots, even though it's very obvious that it is. Invent a Character can be adapted to any short story or novel when teaching character analysis strategies.
The common clay of the new West. She eventually goes to live with her great-grandmother, and experiences a completely different lifestyle. You set yourself up for something really great and then end up being disappointed when it's not as good as you thought it was going to be? Oz became a star Major League baseball pitcher and later retired to become a school teacher. In the end, the death of Villefort's young son causes Monte Cristo to question his God-like role. Always in need of money, he decides to move to California with promises of higher wages. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth. This is the story of Louisa May Lou Cardinal; a precocious 12 year old from New York.
Lou goes out and she is attacked by the wolves and is saved by the panther. It read very easily and was captivating - I stayed up until after 2am reading it last night and had to finish it this morning before doing anything else sorry to my family that now will live in a dirty house for one more day. The story then shifts forward to the funeral, where it is discovered that Amanda is now in a catatonic state. Eugene built his own farm, married and raised a family, and remained good friends with Lou. The car's interior was filled with the inviting aromas of warm sourdough bread, baked chicken, and peach and cinnamon pie from the picnic basket that sat so temptingly between the two children in the backseat. He is considered a wealthy farmer, affording to have servants in the field and machines. But along with this I felt joy and love.
In the entire book, Lou and Diamond go out at night and they are never bothered by a pack of wolves. He bails out the children on several occasions and shows them around the surrounding small towns. This book is about cardinal family living in Virginia mountain. Then she's at the Block's Summer Estate in South Hampton. We don't really ever get a sense in the next 400 pages of why we should even care except that he dies tragically and his children miss him. The book is rather slow in the starting which is because author has tried to build up the story for a classic climax.
The story has its charm. But the story was overly sentimental, the writing was forced, the villainous characters seemed cartoonish, and the young people didn't seem all that young, except for Oz, who seemed too childish and then suddenly, too adult. The book is about the lives of Lou and Oz with their great grandmother. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home. It was almost a shock to my system to come back to reality and realize that I could live there indeed it felt as if I had, so real are the pictures painted by the author.