Thursday, April 8, 2010
Book Review: Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
Title: Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Challenges: To Be Continued…Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, Monthly Mixer Mele (M), Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Romance Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, Contemporary Romance Challenge in 2010,
No. of Pages: Audio
Back Cover: What do you want most in the world? 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, and eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It’s a relationship that becomes far more involving that 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.
Mine: What a wonderful idea to have twenty wishes to try to complete. Everyone should have twenty wishes. It seems so funny that on Valentine’s day all the widows decide to make a 20 wishes list and most all of them have a wish of love. They are all different kinds of love, but love just the same.
Anne Marie doing something good for someone else leads to falling in love again – it’s just with Ellen her lunch buddy at the school that she volunteers at. For the others it’s the service manager where she bought her car, the man in the wheelchair at the local movie theater. It all leads to love again to be had by the next Valentine’s Day