Nancy Atherton writes an entire series of Aunt Dimity books. Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is like the old Nancy Drew books. This book is charming, mysterious, and innocent.
As a writer, I can appreciate its beginning:
“It was a fine day for a funeral. Rain plummeted from a leaden sky and a blustery wind blew the chill of mortality through the mourners clustered in St. George’s churchyard.” (Chapter One).
The chill of mortality! I had to share this beginning with my writers group. Right away you are intrigued by the book. The chapter goes on to describe the characters of the town in interesting detail. Considering that gossip is a sin all Christians struggle with, you lap it up like fresh milk. Lori Shepherd is the voice in the first-person narrative. If you weren’t won over by her character, a first time reader of the series like me would be immediately intrigued by the journal named Aunt Dimity. She talks back in looping, blue writing to Lori’s confidences every time Lori opens the book. The mystery in this series is a mysterious stranger who shows up late to the funeral of a man who kept to himself.
The village of Finch loves this new fresh bowl of milk to explore. Jack is the nephew who takes over his Uncle’s estate and gets it ready for sale. To make him more interesting, Lori and her friends with Jack uncover a wishing well on the property. When you have a journal that talks back to you, it’s not out of bounds to believe this wishing well could be real. Lori’s wish for dryer weather comes true which starts the dominoes effect of odd occurrence’s in Finch. And things get worse for the residences of Finch even as a new romance buds between Jack and a resident of Finch. So is the wishing well real?
You’ll have to buy Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well to find out. It’s clean and a simple read. The book is good enough for teens or tweens and entertaining enough for adults. The old Nancy Drew books had that mystery solving simplicity that entertained many generations. Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well share that in common with Nancy Drew, but with a great message at the end we should all learn. I’m intrigued enough to read more in this series.
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