Then, in a single, terrifying moment, Lou's life is changed forever, and she and Oz are on a train rolling away from New York and down into the mountains of Virginia. There, Lou's mother will begin a long, slow struggle between life and death. And there, Lou and Oz will be raised by their remarkable great-grandmother, Louisa, Lou's namesake.
Suddenly this young girl finds herself coming of age in a landscape that could not be more foreign to her. On her great-grandmother's farm, on the land her father loved and wrote about, Lou finds her first true friend; learns lessons in loyalty, tragedy, and redemption; and experiences adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. When a dark, destructive force encroaches on their new home, Lou and her brother are caught up in another struggle - a struggle for justice and survival that will be played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.
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"Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama [which] offers...bone-deep emotional truth�" (Publishers Weekly)
I was disappointed with this book. The story is predictable and simplistic. I enjoy stories about growing up in rural areas, but this one doesn't ring true. Check out "A Painted House" by John Grisham, its much better. I am not a fan of Grisham's or Baldacci's regular fare, but enjoy good biographies and auto-biographies.
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