Twenty Wishes

By Debbie Macomber

Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2008 American Library Association

Macomber brings her readers back to Seattle’s Blossom Street and quickly whisks us into the lives of its inhabitants. This tale begins on Valentine’s Day at Anne Marie Roche’s bookstore when four widows–Anne Marie, Elise, Lillie, and her daughter, Barbie, members of one of her book groups–decide to celebrate friendship together. One of them brings up the idea of making a list of wishes: things they’ve secretly wanted to accomplish but never did. However hesitant they might be at first, as the women complete their lists, they begin to embrace the idea of making each wish a fact. Anne Marie, especially, has had a hard time coming to terms with the death of her older husband and for almost a year has holed up inside her store and herself. Her wishes are fulfilled in ways she’d never imagine. Witnessing her rebirth is a joy to behold. Even the most hard-hearted readers will find themselves rooting for the women in this hopeful story while surreptitiously wiping away tears and making their own lists of wishes.–Maria Hatton

Source Citation:Hatton, Maria. “Twenty Wishes.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 28(1). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 30 May 2008

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