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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  • Eileen L. (Danvers, MA)


    A lovely story about family
    I really liked this book. The premise is endearing, and I for one love the idea that the ones we have loved and lost are watching, cheering us on as we strughgle through life. The siblings are so different but the author accurately depicts the ties that so often bind us. I found myself cheeering them on and did not want thier stories to end. The author uses detail very effectively to give you a true essence of her charactars. I felt like I knew them all well. Highly recommend this for anyone who loves a story about a real family.
  • Judy G. (Carmel, IN)


    Mixed Review
    I did find this book entertaining. However, the unexpected references to religion seemed out of place; and the "heavenly narration" didn't add to the book, for me at least. The author dealt with real life dilemmas, and handled them well. I would read another book by this author as I think they have potential.
  • Beth C. (Sioux Falls, SD)


    Outside Wonderland - An Unusual Book
    First, I want to say that I enjoyed this book, for the most part. It is unusual in that it is written from two perspectives; the three adult siblings who were orphaned as children and their deceased parents who observe them from the afterlife. Unfortunately, there is no delineation between the two, thus causing confusion for a paragraph or two each time the voice switches to the afterlife. I thought the writing itself was excellent. The characters are well drawn and engaging. The afterlife perspective has a poetical quality to it that is also well done. This could be a good choice for a book group because there are several points of contention that might make for an interesting discussion.
  • Teresa R. (Evansville, IN)


    Entertaining Beach read
    I really liked the premise of this book but it just didn't develop as I had hoped. It is wonderful to think that our loved ones are watching us from above but the premise just fell short. It was an easy read- perhaps too easy. The characters were fairly interesting but the book lacked depth.
  • Barbara B. (Alta Loma, CA)


    I REALLY Did Try!!
    I really did try to like this book about 3 adult siblings, who were orphaned when they were young. The parents looking down upon them from Heaven just did not connect to the story line for me. it took me a few chapters to remember who James was.
    The siblings made so many bad choices & never seemed to be happy with what they had. I tried to find a connection to their experiencing death at young ages, but I really came up short.
    Perhaps, this book will be a good beach read.
  • Gigi K. (Lufkin,, TX)


    Family from the here and hereafter
    Parents viewing adult children "here" from "there".
    A quick read, the author is able to write about behaviors and feelings of adult siblings acting on their emotions who don't seem to believe in deferred gratification or doing the next right thing. It is not a book I'd recommend to a friend but would leave on public transportation for the next rider.
  • Annie P. (Murrells Inlet, SC)


    outside wonderland
    Outside Wonderland is a most interesting book. Its point of view is unique, drawing on our natural curiosity: What happens to us after death? To our loved ones after we’re gone? Will we ever see those already gone before us? Will we see those we leave behind?

    The characters were easy to relate to and follow along with during their adventures and misadventures. I wish there was more time spent with the parents and their point of view as well as their reactions to their new surroundings.

    Although not for the younger set, young adults on up should have an enjoyable relaxing read.
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