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The wishing pearl - a Diamond Estates novel
Nicole O'Dell
Paperback / softback
Barbour Publishing
UK Publication Date

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.

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Nicole O'Dell is a busy mom of six kids ranging froma 20-somethingmilitarysondown to 9-year-old triplets.She isa multi-published author in both inspirational fiction and nonfiction, a speakerforfaith-basedevents, and the recipient of theACFW's Editor of the Year awardin 2013. She's author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction, which offers readers alternate endings, allowing them to decide what the main character does, and the Diamond Estates series based on her experiences as a resident at Teen Challenge as a teenager. Her non-fiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column, and several devotional books.

Nicole's desire to bridge the gap between parents and teens is evident in her parenting nonfiction like the Hot Buttons series aimed at helping parents handle tough issues with their tweens and teenson subjects like dating, Internet activity, sexuality, prejudice, friendships, politics, and many more. She is also theauthor of Powerline365, a daily devotional for parents of teens, and the author of over 300 other devotional writings.

Passionate about health, Nicole also works full-time as a marketing manager for Human Kinetics, a publisher of fitness resources. Earlymornings or late evenings you can findher doing laps in a pool, biking on acountry road near herhome, or running some miles as she chases her triathlon dreams, including the Half-Ironman race she completed in2017.

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.

Book Bag Lady - Louise Jolly

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.
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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.

Read Love - Dawn Creal

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.

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