Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life's not what she'd expected - she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness. On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate . . . what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did. Anne Marie's list starts with: Find one good thing about life. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again. She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined. As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true - but not necessarily in the way you expect.

As I closed the last page of this book, I can't help but smile. It's like going back to my hometown, a place where I was gone for a very long time. Visiting the people, the old church by the road and the hundred year old school and everything that I was familiar with. Every single book from the talented Ms. Debbie Macomber is a delight to read. I always feel connected with her characters. They're not perfect, they have the same problems that normal people encounter, but how they get past through it with some help along the way from people they are close to really gets to me. It's magical...

Twenty Wishes is a book about love, friendship and helping other people without expecting anything in return. The story has many likable characters, Anne Marie Roche is my favorite, maybe because she has a bookstore! You all know that's my ultimate dream, to have my own bookstore someday...Move that on the top of my list of twenty wishes. If you're down in the dumps and wants to get away from all the cares in the world, pick up this book and be transported to a place of wonder...

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars


Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads said...

Hey there!!! Hope you are doing well. Sounds like a great read! And I bet you will have a bookstore one day! :)

Ruperto Prieto said...

Hi Lah! I'm doing okay! Super busy with work so I don't get to blog that much. Reading is also a bit hard to do but I try to read as much as I can. Yeah! It would be so cool to have my own bookstore someday! Thanks for your kind words! :-)

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