Sunday, May 6, 2012
Review: A Secret Wish
Author: Barbara Freethy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Barbara Freethy
Release Date: January 8, 2012
File Size/Pages: 330 KB/164 pgs
Challenge(s): A-Z Challenge; NetGalley Month; eBook Challenge
My Rating: 5/5
Summary: Three women, three birthdays and one unforgettable night that will change their lives forever. One night in San Francisco, three women make a birthday wish believing it can't possibly come true. Liz is turning thirty. A successful nurse, she has a good career, but no man to share her life. All her friends are married, and she's alone, still trying to outrun a tragedy from her past. Then she meets a handsome stranger. Angela, a member of a large, loving Italian family, is facing thirty-five with no baby in the nursery. Eight years of infertility treatments have put a strain on her marriage. Will she have to choose between her husband and having a child? When she is mugged by an unexpected assailant, her life takes a new turn. Carole, a corporate wife, is staring down forty candles. Having grown up poor, she worked hard to get ahead, but when her kids bail on her birthday, and she discovers her husband with another woman, she realizes that she may have nothing at all. She goes back to where it all began, the mother she left behind, and the man whose heart she once broke. Three women, three birthdays and a night of events that connects them in unexpected ways.
Review: First and foremost, I just want to say that I have the hugest cover crush on this novel; I mean, what can be better than having a cupcake on the front cover of a novel, right? Aside from the the cover, I really loved this book, the characters were amazing, the problems the characters faced are problems women face regularly, and it was quite entertaining to see how the women crossed paths. The three women, Liz, Angela, and Carole were all very different and going through different problems, but somehow it worked. Liz is a single nurse who is celebrating her 30th birthday, Angela is infertile and celebrating her thirty-fifth birthday, and Carole is celebrating her fortieth birthday with a ton of people, but feels so alone. Although this book was short, I really enjoyed it; in my opinion, I think the book was a great length. If someone asked me which character was my favorite, I don't think I'd be able to choose one because they were all really great characters. However, I really enjoyed reading Liz's story; it was touching, and when she found out John's secret, I was literally crying. Trust me, you don't wanna pass this book up. I can't wait to read "Just a Wish Away"!