Heading Out to Wonderful

Heading Out to Wonderful

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In Heading Out to Wonderful, an attractive and enigmatic stranger--Charlie Beale, a loner, recently home from the war in Europe--wanders into the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village of only a few hundred people nestled in the Valley of Virginia. He brings with him two suitcases: one contains all his worldly possessions, including a set of butcher's knives; the other is full of money.

Charlie quickly finds a job at the local butcher shop and through his work there meets all the townspeople, most notably Sam Haislett, the five-year-old son of the shop's owner; and Sylvan Glass, the beautiful, eccentric teenage bride of the town's richest man. What no one anticipates is how the interaction of these three people will alter the town forever, and how the passion that flares between Charlie and Sylvan will mark young Sam for life.

Told by Sam, now an older man looking back on that time, this much-anticipated follow-up to A Reliable Wife is an exciting, erotically charged and altogether unforgettable story of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012.
ISBN: 9781443412377
Characteristics: 296 p. ;,23 cm.


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Sep 14, 2017

A soft gentle story in the beginning. The writing was lovely & I want to read more of Robert Goolrick. Charlie Beale arrives in a small peaceful town that he believes he could be content to settle down in, warm & good people all around him. Then he falls in love. It's then that it goes awry.

IMolina3 Jan 09, 2014

i dont really like this book much, too much repetitions, robert rodrick is an amaizin author reliable wife was the best..

rowanquincy Dec 20, 2013

Well written, loved the story and was sorry when it ended.

Feb 20, 2013

This writer could do no wrong as his story telling ability was phenomenal.

Nov 14, 2012

A very engaging novel, interesting characters in an isolated setting.

booklady413 Aug 29, 2012

Excellent book!

Jul 15, 2012

Charlie Beale is the mysterious stranger who comes to a small Virginia town in 1948 with only two suitcases, one unknown to any but us readers that is full of money. So begins a remarkable love story?Charlie?s love of a married woman named Sylvan and, just as remarkable, his love of his employer?s small son Sam.

You?ll love all the characters that inhabit this small town, its microcosm of small town life, both good and bad, and its viewpoint of this time of change in America. I?ll just say it now. I hope this book is nominated for the Pulitzer prize. It?s that good.

jpozenel Jul 11, 2012

Not nearly as good as "A Reliable Wife"...but pretty good.

Jun 27, 2012

Could not wait to get back to it if I had to put it down. Suspenseful, powerful, shocking, romantic; I savoured it. One of those rare books that you fall into the time and place and don't want to leave. Goolrick is on my author watch list. A Reliable Wife was my favourite novel of that year, and this one is my fave for 2012. He's a masterful writer.

dossiere Jun 22, 2012

the best novel ever. a real page turner. i did not want it to end.

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