Letters From Wishing Rock (a novel with recipes) by Pam Stucky
Published: March 9, 2011
Source: Library Thing Member Giveaway
This charming novel is written in a unique format (letters and emails) amongst the characters. What would happen if everyone in town lived in the same buidling? Ruby Parker, the newest member of Wishing Rock, is about to find out. Her fiance has left her and she needs a fresh start and new scenery to take her mind off her troubled heart. She moves to Wishing Rock, Washington, a small town on Dogwinkle Island, near Seatle, where she meets a quirky set of characters that quickly become her new family.
Through the letters that are exchanged between the neighbors and their friends, the reader goes on a journey that features plenty of twists and turns of the going ons of this small town.
Through Ruby’s venture into online dating, to a group trip to Scotland, a hoedown that changes everything, the lives of Wishing Rock get changed and things become interesting.
I really liked this book. It was quirky, witty and funny. I loved the characters from Ruby, to Ed, Gran, Pip,Dan, and all the rest. One minute I would be reading and the next I would be laughing out loud because of the antics and shenanigans.
The format took a while to get used to because I would have to keep checking who was writting to whom, but its a new format to read a story. The cover and the whole background of how Wishing Rock came to be fascinated me. Imagine a town in one building! That is just too crazy to believe but it does in this work of fiction.
The adventures that everyone participates in reminds me of small town life. Everyone’s business is everyone’s business and you cannot escape it. If you need help, there is someone to help, everyone attends the same events and lends a supporting ear when needed. The way that the author created each character let us see just who they were and why they were there. No place is too far not to keep in contact and lend advice.
One thing that caught me off guard was the pacing. In the beginning and the middle, it seemed to go at a decent pace and there were many things happening. However, towards the end of the book the pace started to slow down and get bogged down with all of the details. That is just my observation. I liked the cliffhanger at the end between two people (I won’t mention which one’s to prevent spoiling the end), and how we were left wondering what they were going to do and where they would be going.
Just from the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the book and the characters, I will seek out the second book in this series. I hope I won’t be disappointed. Overall, great start to a series.