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A Secret Wish (Wish Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Freethy
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Book Description

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes the first book in the WISH Series!


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 ...

* A SECRET WISH is a 40,000 word novella. The other two books in the series are full length novels.

Series includes:

The books are standalone but are connected by the theme of wishes.

** If you love connected series with romance, mystery and adventure, check out my new connected family series, THE CALLAWAYS.

Currently Available in the Callaways:
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
ALL A HEART NEEDS (Callaways #5)
THAT SUMMER NIGHT (Callaways #6)
WHEN SHADOWS FALL (Callaways #7)


"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters." Library Journal

"Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives." Romance Reviews Today

"Freethy's skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story." Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home

"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all- romance, adventure, and mystery." Booklist on Summer Secrets

"Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction." Romantic Times on Daniel's Gift

"Freethy's story-telling ability is top-notch." Romantic Times on Don't Say A Word

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 30 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. In 2011, she began self publishing her backlist and nine of her books hit the USA Today List for a total of 41 weeks. Some of her bestselling titles include DON'T SAY A WORD, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, DANIEL'S GIFT, GOLDEN LIES, SILENT RUN and JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. Barbara is starting a new series -- The WISH SERIES, and A SECRET WISH is Book #1. The second book will be released in the spring of 2012. Barbara's books have won numerous awards. She is a four-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and her book DANIEL'S GIFT won the honor and was also optioned for a television movie. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. In addition to self publishing, Barbara is also writing contemporary romance for Pocket books. Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara, visit Barbara's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fog City Publishing, LLC (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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130 of 147 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 8, 2012
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I know I only paid $2.99 for this book, but I was very disappointed in the length. I enjoyed her writing and the characters. The character development was shallow. I hope this short story grows up one day and becomes a real novel. The actual 'book' is less than 70% of the contents. I finished reading the story and there was still 30% of the book left to read. It was all samples of other books; a marketing trick. With amazon, you can download samples and this is a good feature. Why do they need to fill up a book with so many samples....why, of course, to fill up the pages. I will be very careful in the future when a download a book.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really, every woman's story January 15, 2012
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I feel like so many women have experienced something like what the women in this story go through, I see myself and my friends in these pages. It's a really heartwarming story about how you can find what you're looking for when you least expect it, sometimes when you're even close to giving up hope. I'm going to tell my friends in my yoga group to read it. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a story with romance and real emotion.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend! January 18, 2012
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We all have milestones in our lives. They define where we are in life and they remind us of what we hope to accomplish, what we wish for in the future. A SECRET WISH is the perfect blend of these elements. The ties between the characters are at once subtle and profound. I know and understand these women and their challenges. I care about them and I was immediately engaged in each of their emotional and rewarding stories. I'm so glad that this is going to be a series. Can't wait for the next one!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This was a very enjoyable book, even though I thought I knew how things would turn out (and I was right) the journeys each woman traveled to get there were compelling. The character development made me care about the women and their experiences, well done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS AUTHOR April 29, 2012
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I have not ever been disappointed by a Barbara Freethy Book - and no exception here!
I saw a review complain about the length - this is not a novella or a novel - the description says: (An Ebook original short novel of 40,000 words - approximately 180 pages)

Love the characters love the premise - LOVE the escape!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secreat Wish September 6, 2012
By coop
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I like all of Barbara Freethy's books. I like them because they have a lot of mystery to them and not all mushy romance. I have read all she has published so far.
Carolyn Cooper
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Wish September 6, 2012
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The story line is good and enjoyed it and the other books in the series. Explict sex which I wasn't expecting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read! September 9, 2012
By Sharron
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I always find Barbara Freethy books to be interesting and a nice read. I return to her often and am never disappointed by her characters and story lines. I would absolutely recommend this and any of her other books! Downloading her books from Amazon is so easy and quick!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Writor.
She is a great writer. I enjoy her books very much. When I fine one I aways get it to read . She is one of my favorvites,
Published 11 hours ago by sarah tubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Clean morals
Happy romance with interesting characters and unexpected ending. Three different women in three life situations celebrate birthdays on the same day.
Published 2 days ago by celinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniabley Great
Loved it! The author made me feel for all three of these women. I was completely invested in their story and eagerly read to the finish. Read more
Published 3 days ago by M Cassady
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth and new beginnings
This book is about being reborn from the ashes of your life and starting over. I love this book. It's been years since I cried because of a book but this one made me cry. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Micky G
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story and the story lines that went along ...
I loved this story and the story lines that went along with the main characters. Barbara Freethy is an author I recommend for her entertaining and enjoyable style of writing.
Published 7 days ago by Koda
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Wish ( Wish Series #1)
Loved this by Ms Freethy,it's absolutely beautifully. She weaves the a people pages where you can see how their life will meet again and again. I cried and I laughed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by raquel swayze
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Story
Life happens. Dreams of youth come true when you work toward them. Birthday wishes? Well, when we reach a certain age we look back and take inventory. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Camelia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Wish (Wish Series #1) ... Barbara Freethy
Interweaving of three birthday ladies and a secret wish they each make. Nice results. I had to watch when the characters switched in narrating the story, but I caught on quickly. Read more
Published 13 days ago by RobertaM Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good book
I really enjoyed this book about three women who are celebrating milestone birthdays (30, 35, 40) and have life changing experiences. Read more
Published 13 days ago by NH Wifey
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish came true
I haven't read a really good book in awhile. I started a few and couldn't get past the 1st few pages. A Secret Wish made it through. Read more
Published 15 days ago by ninjanurse
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More About the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 40 novels. Traditionally published for many years, in 2011 Barbara began self publishing her backlist and has sold over 5 million ebooks and as of today she is the bestselling KDP Author of ALL TIME! Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for seven weeks. Other bestselling titles include ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (Callaways #1), DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN.

Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic.

She is currently writing a new contemporary family series, THE CALLAWAYS about a family born to "serve and protect" several as San Francisco firefighters!

Books available include
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)

Over 1.5 million readers are enjoying the Callaway Series - this is one you won't want to miss!

Barbara also recently put out three books in the WISH Series which include:
A SECRET WISH (Wish Series #1)
JUST A WISH AWAY (Wish Series #2)

The books are standalone, but are connected by the theme of wishes! They're romantic, emotional and fun.

Visit Barbara's website at
Follow her on Twitter at!/BarbaraFreethy
Check out her Facebook Page at

Barbara lives in California with her husband and children. When she's not writing or reading, she's probably taking a long walk or playing tennis!

** Readers should know that the titles THE CUZZIAN HORSE and PATRICK MICHAEL O'REILLY'S 13TH SUMMER, which often appear mixed in with Barbara's titles, are written by a different author with the name of Barbara Freethy

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