The citizens of Stone Temple North Carolina have a Fall Festival every year, with the highlight being the air show by hometown hero Matt Cooper. This year, the show goes irreparably wrong. After the incident, Sheriff Macon Campbell searches frantically for his daughter Ava. He finds her huddled in the rubble with her best friend Wash, and in this moment a miracle occurs and all of their lives are changed forever.
Ava’s miraculous cure of Wash was caught on a phone video camera and is replayed around the world. The small town of Stone Temple is soon swarming with thousands of out of towners who want a cure of their own from Ava. These include people with a dying family member, a television pastor, and those just looking for the unexplained. The truth is that every time Ava can do a miracle, it takes a bit out of Ava. Is it Ava’s responsibility to use her power for the good of others? Will life ever return to normal?
The book also alternates to episodes in the past when Ava spent time with her mother Heather before Heather’s suicide. These build to help you understand Ava’s inner feelings, but also added questions for me on what exactly was going on with Heather and Ava. I’m still pondering this.
I thought this novel was a wonderful coming of age novel for both Ava and Wash. The best quote for this in the book was the following:
“There’s a word for that feeling, Macon,” she said. “It’s called childhood. And once it’s gone, it’s gone. And that sense that the world is this large magical thing gets taken away with it. In that moment, you become an adult, and you lose your ability to see the wonder of all things. All you see from that point forward is how broken everything will be one day.”
There is more to this quote, but I thought it was one of the best explanations for growing up and out of childhood that I’ve ever read. I always explained it as seeing through rose colored glasses, and one day they are gone and you see it all clearly. This entire page of the book was moving and written poetically.
I also enjoyed the scenes of young love. My favorite scene and quote for this was “Beneath the roof of the old cabin, among the dust and the cold night wind that came in through the broken window, carried on the legs of the moonlight, beneath the gentle crackling of the fire and the warmth that was filling the cabin more and more, beneath it all a boy held tightly to the girl he loved and a girl slept in the arms of the boy she loved and the rest of the world did not exist.”
The relationships also were wonderful in this novel. Macon and his daughter, Wash and his Grandma and Dad, the pastor and his brother, and Ava’s relationship book with her stepmom and mother. These relationships were very realistic and moving. I also loved the vivid descriptions and lyrical writing. There is also a great set of book club questions at the end of the novel and an interview with the author.
Overall, The Wonder of All Things is a moving novel with realistic relationships, fantastic characters and beautiful writing. It is a novel that you will be thinking about long after the last page is turned.
I reviewed this novel as a part of the TLC booktour. Visit more stops to learn even more about this great book!
Monday, July 27th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Tuesday, July 28th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, July 29th: Dreams, Etc.
Thursday, July 30th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, July 31st: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, August 3rd: Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, August 4th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, August 5th: Laura’s Reviews
Thursday, August 6th: Bibliophiliac
Monday, August 10th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, August 11th: Mom’s Small Victories
Wednesday, August 12th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Thursday, August 13th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Friday, August 14th: A Bookworm’s World
Monday, August 17th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, August 18th: The Book Wheel
Friday, August 21st: From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 24th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, August 25th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, August 26th: 5 Minutes for Books
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