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Letters from Wishing Rock: a novel with recipes (Wishing Rock, #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Pam Stucky's charming debut novel is already garnering rave reviews and demands for book two in the Wishing Rock series. This engaging, fun read is written in the format of letters/e-mails amongst characters. It combines the easy readability of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the sassy, irreverent tone of Bridget Jones' Diary, with the slice-of-life s ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who liked Ella Minnow Pea
Shelves: first-reads
I wondered to myself, how I could possibly write a proper review of "a novel with recipes" if I hadn't actually tried any of the recipes so... now as I sit here munching on the absolutely best oatmeal chocolate bars EVER (recipe pg. 19), I am wondering how I can get myself to Wishing Rock. I was drawn in to the unique town of Wishing Rock which seemed like a strange mix of commune/condos/retail in one giant building (possibly the new urban profile). I enjoyed the format of using email correspond ...more
By: Pam Stucky
Published By: Createspace
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Wishing Rock #1

"Letters from Wishing Rock" by Pam Stucky was a different intake of storytelling through emails, letters and yes, even recipes. This was some read...'an entire town living in a five story building' in this small town where you get to know each other through emails they sent to each other. Now you know that there would be some drama with that...dealing wit
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Wishing Rock is located on Dogwinkle Island - a dogwinkle is a small snail (page 157)

Wishing rocks are rocks with a stripe of white through them. The best ones are th eones where the main part of the rock is solid gray, and there's one thick stripe of white that fully encircles the rock. (page 158)

What a fun book. Written in e-mails. Almost all of the characters live in one building in Wishing Rock, Washington a small town on Dogwinkle Island. There is a wide variety of characters some just frie
Stacy Boyles
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this quirky, fun book. I listened to the audio book and loved the narration. I didn't like the style at first but it didn't take long for me to get past that. This book is written in emails from Ruby to and from all the people in her life. I am going to buy the two follow-up audio books now. So glad I stumbled upon this one
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laurie • The Baking Bookworm by: Author
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to author Pam Stucky for providing me with a complimentary copy this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: When the author, Pam Stucky approached me about reading and reviewing her book I was intrigued -- a novel and recipes? Sounds perfect for me. But I was also a little nervous because this story is only told via emails and texts between the characters. In the past it's not a format that I've loved (and yes, I didn't love it in Guernsey Literary and Pot
Michelle Randall
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Reader's Favorite.

Imagine a small island community in the Northwest of the United States, now image that all the housing is contained in one building. Wishing Rock is that town. A huge building had been built and was later transformed into shops on the first level and the upper four levels of housing. Later an addition on the roof of a bed and breakfast was added. What would it be like to live in the same building as all your neighbors? Letters from Wishing Rock tells the story of s
Laura F. Windom
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A good novel AND delicious recipes? What else does a person need?

It has been quite a while since I have read a book written in this format, but I found it quite refreshing. I don't personally know anyone who writes such long and detailed e-mails, and it took me a while to get past this, but it made me miss the days before Facebook took over as the primary form of internet communication (and actual written letters before that). The problem with this type of novel normally lies in the flatness of
Molly Ringle
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Puget Sound's quiet islands, Scotland's dazzling attractions, witty email exchanges, and free recipes--this book is practically designed to woo me. And it worked! I was drawn in by the intriguing idea of a small island town where everyone lived in one extensive apartment building, and by the epistolary structure as well. The whole story is told through emails, with a few texts and newsletters, and while that did mean stretching emails to wordier and more descriptive lengths than people usually w ...more
Naomi Blackburn
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
OK...I have to be honest. It took me a bit to get into this book. I had a really difficult time with the format, written as a series of emails (that did have the tendency to be hilarious), so I had to keep track of who was "writing" what which was a distraction and it took a bit more to follow the storyline. Once I did, what an adorable and delightful read! I loved the depiction of Wishing Rock and its' quirky citizens, as well as Ruby's goofy but lovable friends. The globe-trotting Gran was ton ...more
Tahlia Newland
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up after sending a tweet out asking if anyone could recommend something that wasn't dark and miserable like everything else that I'd been reading. The author suggested this and I'm glad she did. It was just what the doctor ordered, fresh, quirky, funny in places and seasoned with wisdom. Light without being frivolous, it follows the story of a woman trying to find someone to fill her desire for true love and family. The inhabitants of Wishing Rock embody this sense of family in the ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
The story was written in the form of texts, emails and letters between the residents and friends of the community of Wishing Rock. What I liked about this book was the format in which it was presented – the short sections made it easy to read. I loved Millie’s ‘on a completely separate note’ sections of her newsletter as these always made me smile, and also the descriptions of Ruby’s experiences of internet dating. These seemed
Lee-ann Monahan
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from start to finish and I believe I had a smile on my face from start to finish too. A complete chick read and if you like the likes of "Bridget Jones Diary" by Helen Fielding or "PS I Love You" by Cecelia Ahern then this is the book for you.

This book took me to a place I would dream of living in with so many diverse characters each with different backgrounds and this book is written with such humour it will have you in stitches.

I have bought this book for friends and th
Pat Kahn
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful book with lots of interesting characters. The idea of an entire novel being written in emails sounds daunting but the flow was easy to follow. The writing was very witty, with a few laugh out loud moments.

I'm not sure if I would have been bored with the parts that were pretty much a travelog of Scotland, but since it was about many places I had visited, some not often heard of such as Skara Brae, I really enjoyed that part.

I recommend this book highly and am hoping to read
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I bought this from the author at the Edmonds Farmer's Market. It was one of those impulse purchases that I might have chalked up to 'supporting local artists and authors' but once I started reading it, I discovered it was REALLY FUN! I was left with questions about the characters of Wishing Rock and what they would be doing next so I guess that means I'm looking for the sequel. More letters from Wishing Rock, please!
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ebook
I really enjoyed this book. The format is that you are reading e-mails between all the charactors which in some ways make for a less visual book but in this case I don't think it takes away from the book at all. I found myself wishing I could move there. The insights of the some of the women even at different ages I found easy to relate to. It was a fun book and may look at getting it in print to share with friends.
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
The concept of a whole story told through email was interesting. The concept of a town all in one building was also interesting. I could have done with fewer discussions about sex. The travel logs were a bit long and tedious, I skipped over many of those pages. Overall, however, I enjoyed the book.
Sinead Tyrone
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pam Stucky's Wishing Rock series is a joy to read. Her characters are lively, her style is fresh and innovative. I wanted to move to Wishing Rock myself when I was done! The Wishing Rock series is fun, and well worth your reading time.
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Loved the letter/email format. Wasn't as successful at it as Potato Peel Pie Society though. Some of the letters were a little wordy and full of dialogue that wouldn't make a real letter. There was also some foul language that I didn't appreciate. I haven't tried any of the recipes.
Florence Osmund
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. While I did find myself skipping over quite a few of the long passages, the general story line was unique and quite good.
Glenda Alexander
Sounds like a wonderful book, I love fun reads sometimes they are the perfect pick me up.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well written charming story about one woman's journey of love and trust.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis for this book I was eager and thankful to receive a review copy (and here’s my disclaimer that I was given a copy of this book to write an honest review). A book written in letters AND one that includes recipes? I’ve been pen palling since 1991, and cooking is one of my hobbies, so yes, I was very excited.
This book did not let me down. The author did a great job giving individual voices to Ruby, Gran, Pip, Alexandra, and Ed, among others. I enjoy books told by multiple p
Oct 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
This just did not work for me, I don't believe this book works as an audiobook, why not?
To start with, the emails, I found it so annoying when the narrator would pronounce the re. -you know, the re for regarding on reply emails- as "Are Eee". OK, maybe my annoyance was irrational, but nevertheless, annoyed and irritated I was. As the book is all about emails, my irritation like Topsy, just growed and growed until I could listen no more!
Then the recipes, all in American of course, "a cup of this
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Letters from Wishing Rock is an entertaining, witty story. We meet it's protagonist, Ruby, shortly after a bitter
split from her fiancé,  and Through  a series of emails we learn about her heartbreak and her journey to find
love again. 

The story is set in a unique community of Wishing  Rock, a small town on a small island, so small indeed
that all the residents live in one building. This itself is an intriguing set up but it's the great variety of
interesting characters and truly unusual events
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Fun and simple, but almost too simple. In goodreads and other sources this book is recommended for those who loved Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It is true the book is written in letters (emails rather), but it is very different in that it is not a period piece. One of the big reasons I loved Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was due to the history and interactions of people during WWII as it added a great deal of depth to the story. Letters from Wishing Rock does no ...more
I just finished reading Letters from Wishing Rock: A Novel With Recipes by Pam Stucky, and loved it! So much fun, made me want to move to Wishing Rock. Delightful characters, Ruby, Erin Pip, Ed, Jake, Pip, Millie, and one of my favorites Gran to name a few will keep you entertained through the emails and texts to each other. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the shenanigans. The recipes are just icing on the cake. I look forward to more from the Wishing Rock Gang.
Jeanne Gerhard
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
An entire town living in a five-story building! I had my doubts about a story written in emails and texts, but Ms. Stucky pulled it off. It’s a delightful read with fun, quirky people, dealing with all sorts of issues. It smacks of real life – a few wise people giving sound advice and other folk making questionable choices. The whole premise is creative and lends itself to unusual events, my personal favorite being the Idiotarod, a take-off of the Iditarod – a race run inside the building.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
A fun, light read. Picked it up as part of KCLS library display on "If You Liked..." related to Where'd You Go Bernadette. The story is told all through emails and texts. But these emails were really long-- no one I know writes such long emails. But I was invested enough in the characters to see it to the end.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
I read it, laughed, but had to put in a little too much effort to remain engaged.
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