This is my first book by this author. I picked this book because I had seen a few clips of the movie that was made from it and because it was listed on the Oprah's Book Club. So, I was curious about the story and I expected a great book since it was endorsed by Oprah. Well...I've got mixed feelings about it. It starts very well and the premise of the story is very intriguing. It's about a young homeless pregnant 17-year old girl (Novalee) who finds herself in trouble and decide to hide in a Wal-Mart until she figures out what to do. She ends up delivering her baby in the Wal-Mart and, thanks to the help of wonderful strangers, makes a new life for herself in a small town in Oklahoma. So, as I said, it starts well and it hooks you but, to my sadness, it kind of fizzles after a while. As the years go by, the author seems to run out of imagination and sticks to mentionning, without much development, events that happen to Novalee and those she loves. While the ending seems nice, the author kind of leaves us hanging as to how Novalee's life turns out. So, a good start but a superficial treatment makes for an unsatisfying novel. I give it 3 out 5 stars (good, but barely).