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Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well
by Nancy Atherton
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Viking, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A young, good-looking Australian arrives in Finch, a beautiful little village in the English countryside, to settle his uncle's estate. In clearing out the uncle's garden, a well is discovered. It is immediately christened as a wishing well!

Lori Willis, a young mother in Finch, slowly introduces us, her eager readers to the town's residents. They are many, each with their own personalities and manner of dress. And they are a pure delight.

Lori offers to help the Aussie, following his uncle's directives, to restore the gardens around the uncle's house to their original state. While weeding, they discover a well! Lori, with tongue in cheek, puts the well to the test and wishes for dry weather. When the incessant rain stops, word gets out and the well is deluged with - instead of rain - wishes. These wishes are soon granted by the well and Lori suspects skullduggery.

She confers with the otherworldly Aunt Dimity, who manifests as lovely Victorian handwriting on a blank page in answer to Lori's questions.

The old adage to be careful what you wish for certainly holds weight here. Most of the sincere wishes that came true engender nothing but trouble. And the village is stuck with the bad results of reckless wishes. Now what? Can Aunt Dimity be of any help? After all, she is mere handwriting. Will she come up with an answer to the wishes that are plaguing the village?

Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is the nineteenth in this beloved series! Charming and wistful, I read it with delight in its concept.

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