Uhrichsville, OH – Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield searches for hope and healing as she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life and faith in Nicole O’Dell’s October 2011 release, The Wishing Pearl.
Olivia Mansfield dreams of a land far, far away. Far away from her stepfather’s abuse and torment, away from her mother’s blind eye, and away from the haunting memories of her past. But then reality sets in, and Olivia knows she must make the best of her dire situation—at least until her high-school graduation. But when poor choices lead Olivia to the brink of a complete breakdown and she finds herself dealing with the unexpected death of her best friend, she comes to a crossroads.
About the Author: Nicole O’Dell and her husband, Wil, have six children ranging from 19 down to the most recent additions: triplets, born in August 2008. Nicole writes fiction and nonfiction focused on helping teens make good choices and bridging the gap in parent/teen communication. Nicole is also the host of Teen Talk Radio, where she talks with teens and special guests about the real issues young people face today, and she loves getting out among teens and parents when speaking at youth groups and conferences. Over the years, Nicole has worked as a youth director, a Bible study leader for women and teens, and a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center. Her writing also includes devotionals and Bible studies for women of all ages.