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The Wishing Hill: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Holly Robinson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…

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Juliet Clark knew things were too good to be true. She followed her husband to Puerto Vallarta, selling her paintings almost faster than she could finish them, until Michael declared that he didn’t love her anymore. While Juliet slowly starts putting the pieces of her life back together, she learns that her mother, Desiree, has broken a hip and decides to fly back to the Boston suburbs to care for her. Juliet and Desiree have always had a tense relationship, but after Juliet discovers a few of her mother’s deepest secrets, their already rocky relationship may be forever altered. Robinson’s first novel sparkles with warmth and wit while tackling the prickly sides of a mother-daughter relationship. Juliet and Desiree are real and relatable heroines, and Robinson’s background in journalism shows in a clear, concise writing style. With deeply emotional passages tempered by humor and some surprising romance, Robinson’s portrayal of family members striving to forge deeper connections after self-imposed absences is compelling. Fans of Martha Southgate and Heidi W. Durrow will enjoy this tender, full-hearted tale of quiet triumphs, mended fences, and new connections. --Stephanie Turza

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**Chosen by Ladies Home Journal as a Great Summer Read**

“A luminous novel of buried secrets.”—New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt

"A story about love, loss, secrets, and finding out where we're really supposed to be."—Maddie Dawson, author of The Stuff that Never Happened

"A novel that sings: of love for a child, regret for life, and the quiet triumphs of survival and finding each other again."—Susan Straight, National Book Award nominee for Highwire Moon and author of Between Heaven and Here

"Vivid [and] compassionate." —Margot Livesey

"Robinson's first novel sparkles with warmth and wit while tackling the prickly sides of a mother-daughter relationship. . .With deeply emotional passages tempered by humor and some surprising romance, Robinson's portrayal of family members striving to forge deeper connections after self-imposed absences is compelling. Fans of Martha Southgate and Heidi W. Durrow will enjoy this tender, full-hearted tale of quiet triumphs, mended fences and new connections."—Booklist

"There are relationship twists aplenty, relationships rearranged and reassessed, relationships that grow and others that die, and brand new relationships to explore. . .Robinson's fiction debut is a good beach read for those who like to reflect on the complexity and messiness of family relationships."—Kirkus Reviews

“So appealing and addictive.”—Novel Escapes (4 ½ stars) 

"An easy and engaging read, The Wishing Hill is an excellent choice for book lovers who can relate to the sometimes thorny aspects of family life.”—Merrimack Valley Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (July 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMBX54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautfully Written Book July 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
This was a great read for me. I love books about relationships, particularly those that have characters who are strong and determined. This was one of those books. The characters in this book were immensely strong women - in different ways. The plot follows Juliet as she learns about her family and the secrets surrounding her birth as she is preparing to give birth to her own child. Desiree is one of those flamboyant personalities that you love, sympathize with and know would make you crazy. Claire is a calming influence for Juliet until the secret unravels. Will is a good brother in every way, supporting and sustaining Juliet as she learns more about the family secret. All together, they are a family and that's what counts. I look forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommended
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! July 2, 2013
By MaryAnn
Format:Paperback
This is novel at its best. The story's sharp eye allows no one to take shelter, and it doesn't flinch; it is simply and breathtakingly honest . . . A stunning accomplishment. I relished each moment that the author gave us in the book. The writing was superb and shows the intelligence and immense talent that has made the author a bestseller.

Robinson did a very good job of creating characters that were relatable and interesting. The Wishing Well brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, secrets, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Holly Robinson a novelist to whom readers will return again and again.

The book deals with family, love, loss, finding yourself, and the mysterious ways that life can impact us when we least expect it. The characters were very well rounded and had unique personalities and quirks that made each one unforgettable for the reader. The beauty of this book comes from the intricate details. It speaks volumes about the true nature of people and how we all deal with tough issues in life.

Terrific book. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wishing hill July 2, 2013
Format:Paperback
Wow!! I truly loved THE WISHING HILL from the very first page. Holly pulls you right in and never lets you go! I was totally caught up in all the characters lives and found myself cheering for Juliet along the way! She learns some deep secrets about herself and her family. Everything she thought was her life was a total lie. From her idiot, soon to be ex husband to her own mother.  She has been dealt a pretty harsh hand and now must find a way to deal with it and learn to move on.  What will she choose? Who will she be with? You are going to have to read THE WISHING HILL to find out! I was flipping the pages like crazy, I couldn't stop! I had to see how the story was going to end. Many times I wanted to take Desiree and shake her to death! How can anyone be so mean spirited?  I was yelling at Juliet to just run away from her! 

THE WISHING HILL deals with family, love, secrets, choices, forgiveness, and learning about your past and moving on. Secrets can be a very bad thing and can lead to a life time of regrets.  I loved this book and can't wait to read more by Holly! Five stars all the way for me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Holly Robinson delivers a vivid, compassionate and heartwarming story of old and new relationships, buried secrets, and a second chance in life to find our own true identity. Juliet Clark had her own dream of becoming a successful artist, but her life changed as quickly as the wind shifts, when she fell in love. After she left California behind her and followed her soul-mate to Mexico, her marriage crumbled to pieces, losing everything she believed in. While alone, divorced and pregnant, she received an urgent phone call from her brother, asking Juliet to return to New England to care for their ailing mother. The relationship between Juliet and her mother always clashed, so Juliet planned to help, then return to Mexico as quickly as possible. The wind began to shift again as Juliet's plans flew out the window after she meets another man, who she is attracted to, while finding herself in the middle of a feud, between her mother and a neighbor. As Juliet attempts to carry out her mission, she discovers that shocking secrets have been buried under the carpet for years and the time has come to learn the truth, before mending the old, picket fence. The author creates a colorful portrait of family members, striving for new connections, through an intriguing, emotional story of one family. A mother who was an actress with a storied past, a distant brother, and a daughter in desperate need of a loving relationship. The reader is taken through many different doors as we witness old relationships, new relationships, and relationships that are reborn. The story is filled with warmth and wit, with a blend of romance as it tugs at the heart. "THE WISHING HILL" is as touching as Terms Of Endearment, as thought-provoking as Now And Then, and as entertaining as Hanging-Up! Highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Families Are Complicated July 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Family relationships are always complicated and in this book they are more complicated than most. People have kept secrets to protect themselves, to protect others and to manipulate those they profess to love. It's one of those books that shows many of the bad consequences of modern sexual morality (or lack thereof). Throughout the course of the book Juliet grows from a woman who, after being dumped by her husband, learns via a fling, that the reason she has never conceived a desired child is because her husband secretly had a vasectomy, to being an expectant mother considering a new relationship built on honesty and respect. She grows from a woman who allows her mother to emotionally manipulate her into one who accepts her mother, but chooses the course of their relationship. She learns family secrets, is hurt and comes to accept that her family members are just flawed people making the best decisions they could at the time and place they were making them.

My two favorite characters were Giles and Claire. Claire was Desiree's neighbor and more. She's a senior citizen who has never been married. She meets Giles at the pool one morning and he starts pursing her with romantic intentions. He was unfailing patient, kind, self-giving, -- all the things most of the other characters in the book are not. Life has dealt Claire some bad hands, but she's made her mistakes too. Still, she is a nice person who cares about others.

Desiree seems totally unlovable throughout most of the book. At the end her only real friend, a gay man, explains why he remains her friend. Evidently there is more to her than meets the eye--but can't you say that about most of us?

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy via Edelweiss. Grade: B+
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This novel is about family. We all have skeletons ...
This novel is about family. We all have skeletons which makes this somewhat relateable. The mother-daughter relationship is a complicated one and doubly so in this book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Karen Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great many families and generations .
Published 7 days ago by ann d harrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written
Published 4 months ago by AusTexMH
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied, Happy Grandmom
I love Holly Robinson's books. So easy to read and enjoy. I like how she writes stories of families, and makes them feel so real to the reader. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Happy Grandmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!!!!
Great story about family, love and secrets that eventually bring u back to each other !Will look for more books by this author .
Published 6 months ago by soccermom51
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I decided to read this book after seeing all of the favorable reviews on Amazon. What am I missing here? This book was truly a waste of time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrea Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars A lunch time favorite
I bought this for my wife so she wouldn't get bored during lunch. She was tired of surfing the internet and the book takes her mind off of the bad weather that keeps her in at... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the characters in this book and their interesting stories
Contemporary Fiction is such a broad category that to label the book as such is really not telling the reader anything. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lyn Meadows
3.0 out of 5 stars poor
This book has great potential that came to nothing. Ending was very poor, I would not recommend this book to a friend
Published 10 months ago by Judith Walz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Novel!
I loved everything about this novel. The plot is great and you really care about the characters. I hope there is a sequel to this!
Published 11 months ago by BAS
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More About the Author

I never meant to be a writer. I studied biology in college because I wanted to be a doctor - preferably one of those doctors who's always jetting off to villages in Africa to save thousands of lives in a single weekend. But life intervened during my last semester of college, when I chose a class in creative writing.

From the moment I sat down to write, I became completely absorbed in my work. While I was writing, seven hours could pass like seven minutes. To the horror of my parents, I abandoned the idea of medical school to become a writer, promising that, if I didn't get to be rich or famous in, oh, a year or so, I'd let common sense rule and find a real career.

Of course, none of that happened. A year went by. Two. Then more. As I became even more engrossed in the writing process, I did what all writers do to support my secret habit: I worked a thousand odd jobs, from proofreading telephone books (really) to construction. I kept writing, filling up the corners of my life and lots of paper with words.

Then one day, as I was driving home from the grocery store, a title floated across the windshield of my car: The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter. After I finished laughing, my mouth went dry. I knew I had the title of my first book, which sets out to answer this question: How did my father, a career Navy man, end up on a farm with 9,000 gerbils?

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