Advance reader reviews of Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook.

Outside Wonderland

A Novel

By Lorna Jane Cook

Outside Wonderland
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011,
    336 pages.

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  • Pamela C. (boxborough, ma)


    Engaging book!
    I liked this book -- the characters make this book a good read for people who enjoy family drama/psychological fiction.... It was interesting to observe how the children adapt to their lives growing up after the loss of both parents only eight years apart. The children (Dinah, Griffin and Alice) are named after characters is their mother favorite books : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Looking Glass. They have learned to cope in their own way with being orphans...Each has adapted their lives to be as in control as possible: Alice becomes an actress (always on stage), Dinah prefers to remain anonymous and Griffin is insecure in relationships. . As they each try their wings in careers and relationships, they are watched by their parents from "Wonderland". As they try to step out of their normal modus operandi they make mistakes and they each become more sure of who they are and what they want out of life. As their parents watch their ups and downs from heaven their mother says, "Human nature is getting in their way!!"
  • Susan J. (Twain Harte, CA)


    Wonderful Wonderland
    I really enjoyed this well-written book. The three siblings have distinct, three-dimensional personalities, flawed yet sympathetic. I felt I came to know the characters well and was invested in their decisions. Plot twists keep it from being predictable. This story would make a great film. I was sorry to come to the end of the book and can't wait for the author's next novel.
  • Melissa K. (Oviedo, Florida)


    A Compelling Read
    I loved this book! It is beautifully written and I couldn't put it down until the end. Cook developed such believable characters, with realistic qualities. It was heartwarming at times, and heartbreaking at other times. A wonderful story was woven. I look forward to reading more from this author. I will definitely encourage my book club to read this book.
  • Brenda S. (Grand Rapids, MN)


    Little Pieces of Heaven
    Reading this book was a roller coaster of emotions. There are always consequences to the choices made, some good, some not. The characters' choices kept the reader hoping for the best, such is life. The references to those in heaven turned into a distraction and the book would have been better served without them. In all, it was a pleasant read and I would definitely read a book from this author again.
  • Nan G. (Mazomanie, WI)


    Quietly Sweet
    Having recently lost and old and dear friend to a stroke I was reluctant to start Outside Wonderland, thinking it might be too close to the bone. I was wrong. In a way it has helped me feel the loss a little less due to the writer's deft use of her characters as two of them watch, from their afterlife, as their children grow up, make mistakes and live. I would recommend it to anyone who has asked themselves: what next?
  • Cheryl W. (Cassville, MO)


    Outside Wonderland
    At first I thought this would be a cliched story about 3 siblings struggling though adulthood because as children they lost their parents. I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I'm not sure what I liked the most about the book, the hopefulness of it, the description of "life" in Here, the love the characters had for one another, or the realness of the story. As a public librarian I will make sure there is a copy on our shelves and will recommend it to patrons.
  • Debbie M. (grand junction, CO)


    Outside Wonderland
    Outside Wonderland is the story of 3 siblings, who lose their parents while they're growing up. They've become adults and are struggling with relationships. I didn't see a real connection between their struggle and their loss of parents. I think the author could have spent more time expanding the characters. I enjoyed the book, but wanted to know more about the sisters and brother.
    As a second story line, we find the parents watching over them from wherever they've gone after death. I found this annoying. Since it was part of what makes the book unique, it was needed, but I tended to skip these parts after the first few. I didn't feel they added much insight.
    The author holds your attention and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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