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Goolrick is a wonderful writer and a slam dunk story teller. I
posted by Chris-An on July 25, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2013
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%.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2013
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