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Heading Out to Wonderful

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Great book

This book was fantastic with countless little surprises. Some better than others.

posted by 10055332 on February 22, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Goolrick is a wonderful writer and a slam dunk story teller.  I

Goolrick is a wonderful writer and a slam dunk story teller.  I loved Reluctant Wife and was not disappointed Heading Out....  It was full of heart and unusual characters.  There was an interesting spin on the role of "community" in reaching out to those who a...
Goolrick is a wonderful writer and a slam dunk story teller.  I loved Reluctant Wife and was not disappointed Heading Out....  It was full of heart and unusual characters.  There was an interesting spin on the role of "community" in reaching out to those who are struggling.  And particularly by those who are struggling themselves.  

posted by Chris-An on July 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    not his best

    the story is engaging but the ending is gruesome and depressing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    This book was such a disappointment to me, I was so looking forw

    This book was such a disappointment to me, I was so looking forward to reading this novel.  I loved The Reliable Wife and Heading out to Wonderful was not near as good.  It is gloomy and at times extremely slow.  Any chance of redemption was thrown away in the last 20%. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Disapointed !

    This book had great characters but what happened at the end was terrible and did not fit the character at all. Good book with a way off terrible ending.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    A friend warned me the synopsis of this book sounded like a Dani

    A friend warned me the synopsis of this book sounded like a Danielle Steele novel. I said, “How can it be like Danielle Steele? It’s about simple rural people post WWII.” My friend was right.

    The plot of this novel is unabashedly borrowed from bodice-ripping romance novels – the kind with Fabio on the cover, golden locks a’flowin’ and pecs glistening in the sun. Chapter after chapter of aching love and longing, aching love and longing, more and more aching love and longing. I’m fine with a slow and easy plot motivated almost entirely by sentiment as long as the characters are interesting, but the characters in Heading Out to Wonderful are rehashed stereotypes from countless other (better told) stories. Then, when the skimpy plot finally kicks into gear, it is flash and spectacle the likes of which readers have never imagined Charlie Beale capable of (especially in the company he was in). The last two chapters practically beg the reader to view him as some sort of beloved hero, all evidence to the contrary.
    The author spends much of the book trying to assure us that the story he’s telling will pack an awesome and satisfying punch but then delivers a climax any eighth grade boy would imagine.
    Adding insult to injury, we are never told where Charlie Beale comes from or how he came into possession of that case of money. These elements are used only to the author’s advantage: to lure the reader in with no accountability thereafter. The same is true of the omnipotent narrator; everything is known about everyone unless it’s something the author doesn’t want to bother explaining, at which point we are told, “nobody ever knew why…”
    The best part of this book is the title, the cover, and first few pages where the small Virginia town is lovingly and delicately described. I was eagerly drawn in. Shortly after that, it was a belabored romance novel with a laughable, Dynasty-style climax, and a desperate (sad) plea to view the story as something much more poignant than it was.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Not so good

    I am glad that I listened to it on compact disc otherwise I would have not finished the book. Way to wordy, he keep rehashing the same thing. I got very tired of listening but did need to know how it ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

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