The Wishing Pearl (Diamond Estates, #1)

The Wishing Pearl (Diamond Estates, #1) 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 Also published on my blog, Read Love.I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway And one day, not long after receiving the email notification from Goodreads, I received a package from The author, Nicole O Dell, had bought me a copy of her book How cool is that I ve never received a giveaway book so quickly before I was really impressed and grateful.The Wishing Pearl is the first in a planned series of Diamond Estates novels Diamond Estates is a Christian outreach center, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens In book one, we meet Olivia Mansfield, whom O Dell manages to introduce to us in a way in which we can immediately sympathize with her The opening scene has her playing her oboe The oboe understood her It sang her somber song Melancholy and forlornPerfect words to describe its cry and Olivia Right away, you want to learn about Olivia and her sadness And you find she is a nice girl She s not a bad girl, but she is losing her way she starts to make poor choices As Olivia navigates these choices, the author expertly shows her thought process, which is legitimately and believably one of a sixteen year old girl Eventually, Olivia s life becomes unmanageable, and she reaches a breaking point which ultimately takes her to Diamond Estates Her flight begins as running away from danger in fear than running toward God or rescue, but Olivia is able to learn to trust in God and regain the faith that she had lost as a child This book chronicles her journey Rather than go into the plot in depth, I m going to touch on some aspects I particularly enjoyed First, Olivia s relationship with her brother Jake who is deaf He and Olivia have a very special relationship The novel uses their relationship, as well as another deaf character, to show compassion and empathy toward people who are different Second, there are humorous moments that help keep the book and its serious topics from feeling too heavy Third, I enjoyed getting to know Olivia s three roommates The girls group dynamic is very well done And although there is an occasional weighty one on one discussion, the lighthearted moments show the girls as friends and family This character centered aspect helps keep the novel from feeling like an Afterschool Special Finally, I liked that the mean girl yes, every book has one is served a portion of grace rather than revenge This is definitely an idea worth exploring in teen literature 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. Also published on my blog, Read Love.I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway And one day, not long after receiving the email notification from Goodreads, I received a package from The author, Nicole O Dell, had bought me a copy of her book How cool is that I ve never received a giveaway book so quickly before I was really impressed and grateful.The Wishing Pearl is the first in a planned series of Diamond Estates novels Diamond Estates is a Christian outreach center, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens In book one, we meet Olivia Mansfield, whom O Dell manages to introduce to us in a way in which we can immediately sympathize with her The opening scene has her playing her oboe The oboe understood her It sang her somber song Melancholy and forlornPerfect words to describe its cry and Olivia Right away, you want to learn about Olivia and her sadness And you find she is a nice girl She s not a bad girl, but she is losing her way she starts to make poor choices As Olivia navigates these choices, the author expertly shows her thought process, which is legitimately and believably one of a sixteen year old girl Eventually, Olivia s life becomes unmanageable, and she reaches a breaking point which ultimately takes her to Diamond Estates Her flight begins as running away from danger in fear than running toward God or rescue, but Olivia is able to learn to trust in God and regain the faith that she had lost as a child This book chronicles her journey Rather than go into the plot in depth, I m going to touch on some aspects I particularly enjoyed First, Olivia s relationship with her brother Jake who is deaf He and Olivia have a very special relationship The novel uses their relationship, as well as another deaf character, to show compassion and empathy toward people who are different Second, there are humorous moments that help keep the book and its serious topics from feeling too heavy Third, I enjoyed getting to know Olivia s three roommates The girls group dynamic is very well done And although there is an occasional weighty one on one discussion, the lighthearted moments show the girls as friends and family This character centered aspect helps keep the novel from feeling like an Afterschool Special Finally, I liked that the mean girl yes, every book has one is served a portion of grace rather than revenge This is definitely an idea worth exploring in teen literature 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. Also published on my blog, Read Love.I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway And one day, not long after receiving the email notification from Goodreads, I received a package from The author, Nicole O Dell, had bought me a copy of her book How cool is that I ve never received a giveaway book so quickly before I was really impressed and grateful.The Wishing Pearl is the first in a planned series of Diamond Estates novels Diamond Estates is a Christian outreach center, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens In book one, we meet Olivia Mansfield, whom O Dell manages to introduce to us in a way in which we can immediately sympathize with her The opening scene has her playing her oboe The oboe understood her It sang her somber song Melancholy and forlornPerfect words to describe its cry and Olivia Right away, you want to learn about Olivia and her sadness And you find she is a nice girl She s not a bad girl, but she is losing her way she starts to make poor choices As Olivia navigates these choices, the author expertly shows her thought process, which is legitimately and believably one of a sixteen year old girl Eventually, Olivia s life becomes unmanageable, and she reaches a breaking point which ultimately takes her to Diamond Estates Her flight begins as running away from danger in fear than running toward God or rescue, but Olivia is able to learn to trust in God and regain the faith that she had lost as a child This book chronicles her journey Rather than go into the plot in depth, I m going to touch on some aspects I particularly enjoyed First, Olivia s relationship with her brother Jake who is deaf He and Olivia have a very special relationship The novel uses their relationship, as well as another deaf character, to show compassion and empathy toward people who are different Second, there are humorous moments that help keep the book and its serious topics from feeling too heavy Third, I enjoyed getting to know Olivia s three roommates The girls group dynamic is very well done And although there is an occasional weighty one on one discussion, the lighthearted moments show the girls as friends and family This character centered aspect helps keep the novel from feeling like an Afterschool Special Finally, I liked that the mean girl yes, every book has one is served a portion of grace rather than revenge This is definitely an idea worth exploring in teen literature 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. Also published on my blog, Read Love.I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway And one day, not long after receiving the email notification from Goodreads, I received a package from The author, Nicole O Dell, had bought me a copy of her book How cool is that I ve never received a giveaway book so quickly before I was really impressed and grateful.The Wishing Pearl is the first in a planned series of Diamond Estates novels Diamond Estates is a Christian outreach center, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens In book one, we meet Olivia Mansfield, whom O Dell manages to introduce to us in a way in which we can immediately sympathize with her The opening scene has her playing her oboe The oboe understood her It sang her somber song Melancholy and forlornPerfect words to describe its cry and Olivia Right away, you want to learn about Olivia and her sadness And you find she is a nice girl She s not a bad girl, but she is losing her way she starts to make poor choices As Olivia navigates these choices, the author expertly shows her thought process, which is legitimately and believably one of a sixteen year old girl Eventually, Olivia s life becomes unmanageable, and she reaches a breaking point which ultimately takes her to Diamond Estates Her flight begins as running away from danger in fear than running toward God or rescue, but Olivia is able to learn to trust in God and regain the faith that she had lost as a child This book chronicles her journey Rather than go into the plot in depth, I m going to touch on some aspects I particularly enjoyed First, Olivia s relationship with her brother Jake who is deaf He and Olivia have a very special relationship The novel uses their relationship, as well as another deaf character, to show compassion and empathy toward people who are different Second, there are humorous moments that help keep the book and its serious topics from feeling too heavy Third, I enjoyed getting to know Olivia s three roommates The girls group dynamic is very well done And although there is an occasional weighty one on one discussion, the lighthearted moments show the girls as friends and family This character centered aspect helps keep the novel from feeling like an Afterschool Special Finally, I liked that the mean girl yes, every book has one is served a portion of grace rather than revenge This is definitely an idea worth exploring in teen literature 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.

Nicole O Dell,

[BOOKS] ✮ The Wishing Pearl (Diamond Estates, #1)  Author Nicole O'Dell – Ultimatetrout.info
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Wishing Pearl (Diamond Estates, #1)
  • Nicole O'Dell
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 9781616264543

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