Lenora Mattingly Weber Edwin L. Sabin - Essay

Edwin L. Sabin

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

As with Mrs. Weber's preceding books, "Wish in the Dark" revolves around ranch life in Colorado. With its cast of striking characters bent upon making good or destined to be made good, and its element of mystery, it is again a tale capitally told…. In a rickety car Hope and the twelve-year-old twins, Becky and Baird, come from Iowa to Colorado, consigned, as orphans, to their Aunt Sarah who is assumed to be living in the town of Trail's End…. Their dramatic arrival in Trail's End, their rapidly growing list of new acquaintances, with lively ensuing adventures, brim a story that can be recommended to any family endowed with the spirit of the 'teens. (p. 356)

Edwin L. Sabin, in The Saturday Review of Literature (copyright, 1931, by The Saturday Review Co., Inc.; reprinted with permission), December 5, 1931.

The scene of this mystery story for girls ["Wish in the Dark"] is laid on a ranch in a Colorado valley…. The plot has plenty of thrills from the stolen telegram and the disappearance of the green shirt to cattle rustling on a large scale. In the end the threads are all tied up neatly—a heart of gold is found under each forbidding exterior in true Western style. In spite of the author's tendency to sentimentalize and to use stock character types "Wish in the Dark" is lively and amusing and much less stereotyped than the average mystery story for girls. (p. 8)

New York Herald Tribune Book Review (© I.H.T. Corporation: reprinted by permission), March 6, 1932.