Baldacci creates an unforgettable heroine in brave, intelligent and determined Louisa "Lou" Cardinal. After the passing of her father, Lou, her brother and her invalid mother travel to a remote farm in the Appalachian Mountains where their great-grandmother waits to take them in. Lou and her family must fight a natural gas company and fellow ...
Baldacci creates an unforgettable heroine in brave, intelligent and determined Louisa "Lou" Cardinal. After the passing of her father, Lou, her brother and her invalid mother travel to a remote farm in the Appalachian Mountains where their great-grandmother waits to take them in. Lou and her family must fight a natural gas company and fellow neighbors to save the family farm, all while waiting for her mother to withdraw from her silent world.
an unexpected treasure
a book you'll want to keep for a re-read
a book you'll want friends to read so you can discuss it
a book you won't want to finish
Mar 27, 2008
Best of Baldacci
I have read all of David Baldacci's novels and while I love his murder/mystery novels, this simple story is his best effort of all. The story, set in the 1940's in Southwest Virginia, is a realistic account of the hard life in Appalachia. It is factually descriptive and touching in a way that most writers can not achieve.
I never read books a second time, but this one is so good that I may just do that!
May 30, 2007
Well-written, Engrossing story
I have never before read a David Baldacci book, so I did not have any notion of what to expect from his writing. From the info on the book jacket, it's clear that this story is a deviation from his norm. I was drawn to the book for it's location, in the mountains of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci has an obvious way with words, and develops both his storyline and characters with depth. I thought he perhaps gave his main character, a young 13-year-old girl named Lou, a bit too much maturity. She seemed to act much older and with much more maturity than someone her age. But you couldn't help but like her, as well as the rest of her extended family. The time (1930's) and place added an additional layer to the story, and one could feel the connection the author has to the area. Although it is not necessarily the genre I would choose to read, I didn't often put the book down, and was satisfied with the overall experience. I would say if given the opportunity to read another Baldacci book I would. I struggled with the Star Rating here -- I would have liked to give it a 3 1/2 stars. But an enjoyable read overall.
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