86. Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber (2008)
The Blossom Street Series Book 5
Length: 360 pages
Started: 10 September 2014
Finished: 12 September 2014
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 November 2013
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
Anne Marie Roche wants to have some joy in her life. At the age of thirty-eight, she is living the sort of life that she never expected nor intended for herself - she's childless, a recent widow, and alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her numerous accomplishments, there's still an inescapable feeling of emptiness...Anne Marie is terribly lonely and desperately unhappy.
On Valentine's Day, she and several other widows get together to celebrate...what exactly? Hope, new possibilities, the future? Maybe...But what would you want most in the world? The ladies each begin to write a list of twenty wishes for themselves, things they always wanted to do but never did.
Anne Marie's list starts with: 'Find one good thing about life'. This includes learning how to knit, doing something good for someone else, falling in love again. So, she begins to act on her wishes. When she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. Their relationship becomes far more involved and time-consuming than Anne Marie had originally intended. It also becomes far more important to her than she ever could have imagined.
As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true - just not necessarily in the way you might expect.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a true feel-good story; comforting and emotionally satisfying for me. Kind of like a warm and cozy bubble bath for the senses. I would give Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber an A+! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
A+! - (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight