The Wishing Pearl
by Nicole O'Dell
Published October 1, 2011
This is a pre-release review. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher, Barbour Books, for letting me read it early in exchange for an honest review.
Join conflicted sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield on her journey to hope and healing as she leaves her messed-up life behind and moves into Diamond Estates, a home for troubled teens. This brand-new novel for teen girls will not only entertain, but also promises to capture your heart and challenge your faith.
Olivia's father died in a car accident when she was young, and Olivia was the only one present. That would be hard enough for anyone. But after Olivia's mother remarries, her life goes downhill.
This book was definitely written with a Christian audience in mind. Diamond Estates is run by a Christian church, and the main goal for them is to get the girls to find God and rely on Him to help them heal.
I can see how this book could be viewed as dark and depressing (***SPOILER*** There's sexual abuse, as well as drug & alcohol abuse, death and even a hostage situation, although it's all handled well ***END SPOILER***) but it could also be seen as uplifting as Olivia and the friends she makes at Diamond Estates overcome their pasts and start over.