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The Will of Wisteria

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Four headstrong siblings must satisfy their father's dying demands--or risk losing his fortune. Let the clash of wills begin.

Charleston blue blood Clayton Wilcott "got religion" late in life; so late, it turns out his kids never took to it. So he's left a provisional will delivered in a highly unorthodox way.

Now they're going to have to honor Daddy's commandments from beyond the grave--for a full year--or be cut off from their substantial inheritances.

The scent of wisteria lingers in the air as the four spoiled Wilcotts battle for their birthright. Told in Denise Hildreth's trademark blend of humor and heart, this Southern tale is about learning to love, learning to live, and learning to bend.

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Reading Group Guide

  1. In the opening of The Will of Wisteria, each sibling is defined by what they do. Are you defined by what you do or by who you are?
  2. Clayton Wilcott has manipulated his children's futures from beyond the grave. Has anyone ever tried to manipulate your future? Have you ever tried to manipulate someone else's? Did you have good intentions? Does that matter?
  3. Each sibling wrestles with the decision of whether or not to play along with what could be a game or--even worse--a plot. Yet the risk of not obeying is too great if it turns out to be real. Was there ever a time when you participated in something, but didn't know for certain if it was what it appeared to be?
  4. Aaron is able to see something in Elizabeth that she refuses to admit to herself: her fear. Who in your life is able to see into the deep places of you?
  5. When Jeffrey sees his son Jacob for the first time in years, he was forced to confront the man he has become. Have you had an event occur that ended up revealing to you the person you've become? Were you surprised?
  6. Mary-Catherine is responsible for leading her students with a respect that is earned, not a respect that is freely given. Do you have people in your life that have made you earn their respect? How did that make you feel? What did you do to gain that respect? Do you give respect freely?
  7. In Elizabeth's dealings with Ainsley Parker, her college nemesis, she finds herself reluctantly enjoying her company. Has there ever been someone in your life that you had decided you didn't like only to have them become one of your favorite people?
  8. Elizabeth and Jeffrey come to a critical climax over a secret from their past--a secret that had severed their relationship because of things they thought rather than things that actually were. Has there been a situation or relationship in your life where years were spent in bitterness and anger only to find out that what you thought was true was not what actually happened?
  9. Forgiveness seems to be a part of each character's ability to move forward. Is there a place in your own life where your inability to forgive has incapacitated your progress?
  10. Wisteria is a stubborn vine, yet it is a vine that can--if someone is willing to take the care attention necessary--even be shaped into a tree. Do you have instances when you've let go of your stubbornness and allowed yourself to be moldable? What was the outcome?
  11. Esau had only one desire for these four children: that they become all they were created to be. He was even willing to encourage their father to redirect the course of their lives. He took a huge risk; a risk that if discovered could have, at one point, destroyed any potential to achieve his goal. Have you ever taken a risk on someone who had potential but were incapable of seeing it themselves? What did you do? What would it have cost had they discovered your motive before they were ready?
  12. In the end, Will was trying to achieve something that was no longer achievable; his chance had passed. What character traits are needed to make sure that we don't miss the most important opportunities, even if they are challenging, in our lives?

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The Will of Wisteria, Denise Hildreth Jones
  • The Will of Wisteria, Denise Hildreth Jones

Details

Four headstrong siblings must satisfy their father's dying demands--or risk losing his fortune. Let the clash of wills begin.

Charleston blue blood Clayton Wilcott "got religion" late in life; so late, it turns out his kids never took to it. So he's left a provisional will delivered in a highly unorthodox way.

Now they're going to have to honor Daddy's commandments from beyond the grave--for a full year--or be cut off from their substantial inheritances.

The scent of wisteria lingers in the air as the four spoiled Wilcotts battle for their birthright. Told in Denise Hildreth's trademark blend of humor and heart, this Southern tale is about learning to love, learning to live, and learning to bend.

More Information

Length 352 Pages
Publication Date October 9, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595542094
ISBN-13 9781595542090
Height 8.3"
Width 5.3"