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In het hart by David Baldacci
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In het hart (original 2000; edition 2000)

by David Baldacci

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The year is 1953 -- and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devastating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in. Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on the kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court -- while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.… (more)
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Wish You Well by David Baldacci (2000)

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Precocious twelve-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 growing up in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. When a dark, destructive force encroaches on her new home, her struggle will play out in a crowded Virginia courtroom...and determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.

I do not currently hold this book, but it's a great read. Highly recommended. ( )
  Gmomaj | Nov 8, 2019 |
Baldacci might be a good writer, but I gave up "Wish You Well" after reading the first 200 pages. The writing is OK but the characters are strictly caricatures. Seems more like an extended cartoon rather than a novel... maybe he was hoping it to be picked up for a (bad) Hollywood movie? My first and last Baldacci book. ( )
  keithostertag | Oct 13, 2019 |
The year is 1953 -- and the worst of tragedies has struck the Cardinal family. A devastating car accident takes the life of Jack Cardinal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and leaves his young wife a bedridden invalid who has completely withdrawn. Lou and her younger brother Oz travel by train with their mother to the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where their great-grandmother Louisa lives on a remote farm, ready and willing (if not financially prepared) to take the broken family in. Rising every morning hours before dawn, working on the farm and learning at the school house their father attended years before, Lou and Oz slowly begin to heal emotionally and grow in unexpected ways. All while waiting for their silent mother to return to them. When a natural gas company comes to town and makes an offer on her land, Louisa refuses to sell. To keep their farm, with the weight of the company and their own greedy neighbors against them, the family must rely on the kindliness of a town lawyer to try their case in court -- while both Lou and Oz pray for a miracle. The climactic courtroom battle is as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched by them.

Beautiful story about family, friendship, growing up, community. One of Baldacci's best. ( )
  lrobe190 | Oct 2, 2019 |
This loving look at a time in not so distant past is full of values we've forgotten in the modern world... Respect, hard work, adventure, loyalty, sacrifice. Lou and Oz have grown up in a loving family, but when a tragic accident occurs, they go to live with their great grandmother in the mountains of Virginia. Life is definitely different and harder but also richer. Lou especially comes to love this new life and learns to forgive her mother and fight for what she loves. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Apr 21, 2019 |
Domestic Fiction, Bildungsromans, Traffic Accident Victims, Family Relationships, Women Landowners, Mountain Life, Land Tenure, Farm Life, Girls, Appalachian Region, Southern Fiction
  jperry13 | Sep 3, 2018 |
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