The Wishing Pearl (The Diamond Estates Series, #1)

The Wishing Pearl (The Diamond Estates Series, #1)

by Nicole O'Dell

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The Wishing Pearl (The Diamond Estates Series, #1) by Nicole O'Dell

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield can’t wait to escape the confines of her home, which promises nothing but perpetual torment and abuse from her stepfather. When poor choices lead her to the brink of a complete breakdown, Olivia comes to a crossroads. Will she find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for?

 O'Dell's heart for young adults shines through. A story of hope in the midst of pain, poignantly-written with vivid characters facing real-life issues, THE WISHING PEARL is a can't-put-down must-read for teens! --Tosca Lee, author of Demon: A Memoir  
 O'Dell has penned a gripping novel that will have you turning the pages. The Wishing Pearl is a powerful story of a girl stepping from a shattered life into the light of hope. --Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of A Charmed Life series  

The writing of this novel is amazing and I felt as though I could connect with Olivia and what she was going through. She has so much life and energy, but was pouring it into all the wrong places.  If you enjoy books that discuss tough, but real topics...I seriously suggest picking up this amazing novel! LillyReader, Lilly Road I was so totally lost in this story that I just couldn’t stop reading!  The characters were so well developed, the story so well written, the ups and downs and twists and turns were phenomenal.  The writing was so descriptive that I could picture clearly in my mind’s eye, Diamond Estate perfectly.  I was so engrossed in each of the girl’s stories and friendships that I felt like I was living on a cot in the room the four girls shared together.  I felt that close to them.  Although this was originally written as a young adult novel, it is also great reading for any age.  At 368 pages it only took me a few hours to buzz through it because it was that good!!!  Be sure to pick up a copy as this is one story you won’t forget.(Louise Jolly Book Bag Lady 2011-08-02)
 Where the novel shines is in its portrayal of thoughts and feelings that seem like they are coming from a real teen.  Nicole O'Dell does an exceptional job giving voice to all the feelings of doubt, shame, inadequacy, fear, etc., that a teen -- especially a girl -- can feel.  For teens who are faced with tough situations that give rise to hard questions, fear, and discouragement, the novel provides guidance and hope.  At one point, Olivia is encouraged to "fight the lies".  The explanation that follows this advice, touching on what those lies are, is a terrific lesson that people of all ages can benefit from.  Curious? Read the book!

I really enjoyed The Wishing Pearl and would highly recommend it! I look forward to reading the next installment, The Embittered Ruby, when it comes out next April. (Dawn Creal Read Love 2011-12-06)
 The Wishing Pearl portrays real issues teens find themselves facing today, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and abortion. It manages a realistic approach without graphic scenes or objectionable language. The characters include mostly teen girls with realistic attitudes, taking steps toward healing. It's a good choice for your library, especially for the girls who attend youth group.(LVO Church Libraries 2012-03-19) 

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151756174
Publisher: Choose NOW Publishing
Publication date: 03/11/2015
Series: Diamond Estates Series
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 395,382
File size: 917 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Wishing Pearl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BigBookTheory More than 1 year ago
I really did like this book. It was a little preachy for me, and I have read some e-books from the Christian category in Amazon with a religious undertone, but not yet a book that was so full-on Christian. I learned from it though - that I need to trust in God, even though sometimes it feels as if He is nowhere to be found. I also liked how the story came together in the end, and the meaning of the title of this story.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This is usually NOT the kind of book I read---a troubled teenage girl (completely rich and spoiled), who deals with smoking, drinking, abuse, etc. I only did read it because of a friend's suggestion, and because I knew that the story has a Christian influence. It was great. Not my favorite book, but I'm glad that I've read it. No, I didn't enjoy everything in it and all the subject matter that I had to trudge through, but the ending is wonderful. By the time you finish, you've been on a life-changing journey with young Olivia. How to find God plays a big part of the story---and that's why I do rather like the book. Recommended for mature teenage girls and young adults especially.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far its pretty good (i only read the sample)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never picked up a Nicole O'Dell book I dont like so I decided to give this one a try. It was amazing! The girls in this book go through alot but they somehow manage to find god. This was one of those books that once you start youcant put down. Youve been warned!
AlyssaL More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of things to do (as usual) when The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell arrived at my doorstep. I figured it couldn't hurt to crack it open and read a page or two. I was sucked right into the story. What initially looked like a thick book that I didn't have time for yet ended up being a fast, enjoyable read. It was hard to put down! I really felt bad for Olivia Mansfield. From the outside, she looks like a spoiled rich teen girl who is great at playing the oboe and can't get over the loss of her dad. But she has secretly been suffering because of her evil stepfather while her mom goes about shopping...oblivious to her daughter's real needs. Olivia is trapped. To relieve the pressure of her situation, she begins making bad choices which lead to awful consequences. Eventually, Olivia ends up at Diamond Estates which is a loving Christian place for girls who want to turn their lives around. Olivia's older brother and counselor at Diamond Estates are both deaf and I love how sign language is integrated into the book. I also like the three girls who are Olivia's roommates. They each have their own unique personality and background. Will Olivia find God? Or will she go on feeling unloved? Read The Wishing Pearl to find out!
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Joyce65 More than 1 year ago
The main character, Olivia's, living conditions require some choices and decisions be made. She is living in a girl's worst nightmare with regard to her step father's advances toward her and chooses to run headfirst into the "party scene" hoping to escape. Not having her mother's support, and having lost her father when she was young, she did not have good resource people for making good choices. At her worst point, in conflict with her mother, and having gone way further into the "dark" world than originally intended, her mother insisted she go to a rehab type of environment. It is there that she starts making good choices and eventually ends up totally turning her life around with God's help and the people at the center. This book shows what a huge difference our choices can make in the direction of our lives. It is an excellent book for teens to show them situations and options of choice they have when facing similar situations. Great preparation for teens.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
This is not the first book I have read from this wonderful YA author. But so far it has to be my favorite. Nicole has such a connection with teen girls and it comes out in her writing. Olivia reminds me of so many teen girls in her actions and her desires. The struggles she has within herself to do the right thing or do what will "make it all go away" are things we all face at that age and beyond, if we are honest. Diamond Estates is a wonderful place filled with caring people. What a great concept that should be implemented all over this country to help lost teens. I loved the fact that it was a community of people that helped get the center started and kept it going with prayer and support. I also loved the fact that the girls dealt with real life situations. It wasn't painted over. Things were hard and needed to be faced head on. And each one had to deal with things instead of letting someone else do it for them, in most cases. I think this is a great book to share with teen girls in your life. I also think it is a great book to share with women of any age who have a desire to reach out to teens and might be looking for avenues to do that. What an awesome thing it would be if women all over this country joined together, with their spouses and others in their churches, to start places like Diamond Estates to help teens find Christ. Share this book with someone for Christmas this year! It will be worth every penny!
Connies2cents More than 1 year ago
The Wishing Pearl, by Nicole O¿Dell, is a story about a young girl, Olivia, whose life is slipping out of control. Reeling from the effects of abuse at the hands of her stepfather, she begins to make very bad choices ¿ and those choices have consequences. She is referred to a home for girls where she meets many girls like herself, and begins to put things back in order. This is not just a great story, it¿s a great ministry. It comes from the heart of the author, Nicole O¿Dell who really wants to speak to youth facing the difficult choices many teens face today. It is not only for the teen, who needs to be inspired to face peer pressure, but for those who grew up in ¿friendlier¿ households to understand the pain that can sometimes lead to the wrong choices.
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CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it, because Olivia Mansfield, the main character, is faced with a tough life. Her dad died in a car accident when she was seven. Olivia was in the car with him, and that's just the beginning of her troubles. She has an abusive stepfather (note: heavy content), starts going partying -- it would have been bad if her mom caught her, but it's even worse that her brother does -- and ends up in another car accident. She goes to Diamond Estate, similar to a Teen Challenge program but for girls only. Olivia learns that she can't face everything on her own. She can't control life and has to turn everything over to God. I kept reading because the book is filled with action and tough choices. It was fun to watch how she dealt with everything. She made some dumb choices, but it was fun all the same. So if you're looking for a book that deals with the gritty details of life but shows you the way to hope, definitely give this book a try