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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Grover Swank
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The first book of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series!

"Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone’s best intentions can box you in." --Everybody Needs a Little Romance

"This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome." --Just Jump Book Reviews

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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.


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    Praise for the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series:

    "This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome."
    --Just Jump Book Reviews on Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

    "Readers will enjoy this lighthearted romantic suspense novel with a dash of comedy. The characters are memorable, the pace is fast and the dialogue is witty."
    --RT Book Reviews on Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

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    The first in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series.

    For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV is bad even before she has a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, but this one is unique. She’s never seen herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered instead of Rose, there’s only one thing that’s certain: Rose is the prime suspect.

    With prison looming, Rose realizes she’s wasted her life and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before everything falls apart. From drinking a glass of wine to doing “more” with a man, Rose is well on her way to committing a good number of the seven deadly sins, with the help of her hot and mysterious neighbor Joe. Joe is new to town, and it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty of dangerous secrets of his own.

    When her house is broken into and someone else she knows is murdered, Rose realizes that dying in the county jail may not be her biggest worry after all in Denise Grover Swank’s sparkling and romantic mystery series debut, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 672 KB
    • Print Length: 374 pages
    • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises (December 19, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0058UXHHK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    207 of 212 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great, entertaining, read! July 23, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book was a great read and once you get started, it really is hard to put down. Even with a toddler in the house I somehow managed to read it in about two days.

    I was attracted to the book by the blurb, it seemed quirky enough that I would like, and I saw there was an overbearing mother in the picture. Having one myself I was interested. I have to say that the character of 'Momma' and the affect she has on her children seems very authentic. I could understand why Rose, the daughter that stayed behind to care for the cruel mother, was the way she was, and why her sister 'the one who got away' was the way she was too. I liked how the dynamic plays out later in the book between the sisters and found them particularly engaging.

    The characters are very real. None of them 100% perfect all of the time. Sometimes they infuriate you or make you slap her head, while in the next scene make you giddy, or a little teary.

    The book is often witty and Rose's take on situations are sometimes laugh out loud funny. There are some twists and many secrets revealed throughout the book. Some more unexpected than others, but once revealed, you definitely feel an 'ah-ha' moment. The scenes are described beautifully, never with more description than needed, which is just what I like. I've been known to only glaze over overly descriptive passages in most of the books I read, so this was a definite plus for me.

    I'd recommend the book to anyone who likes a coming of age story, murder mystery, or a romance. Rose a great heroine who is stronger than she thinks right from the beginning. It'll be interesting to see with her new found confidence where the next book in the series will take her.
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    136 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    By Basil
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I loved this mystery. Serious stuff happened in a light hearted way. Others told what this novel is about, so I won't repeat, but I'll try to convince you to buy this book. I know I am reading a good story when I can't wait to get back to it, over and over, reading much to long into the night.

    For those of you who wonder, there are no sex scenes. There was a hint, but the reader is left outside the closed door, as we should be. There are plenty other books out there if that is your preference.

    There are a couple of visions, but this isn't a "paranormal" story. The author writes in such a way that the whole story is very believable; so much so that I forgot there was an author. It seemed more like watching a movie.

    I liked everything about this novel, and I give it my highest 5 star review.
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    99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Addictive July 15, 2011
    Format:Paperback
    I downloaded Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and planned to save it for my upcoming beach trip. As I do all books I buy, I took a peek at the first few pages to get an idea of the style of writing. Just one day later I had finished it, unable to put it aside because Rose had my attention--I was rooting for her to transform herself from a victim to a heroine. At least, I hoped she would and I was determined to see it through. I won't be a spoiler, I'll just tell you that the story flows well and will not leave you bored. Buy it now! This debut author has a promising future ahead of her, and I hope she cranks out a few more books very soon!
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    106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Crappy doodles March 16, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    While I realize the definition of FICTION, is a "made up" story, this is totally implausible in ridiculous ways. Don't worry, I'm not a 'spoiler' and won't give away the ending, trust me, the book itself is the true spoiler.

    The main character, Rose, has a job at the DMV. While supporting her mother, an entire house, and everyday expenses, she still manages to have money to burn on silly things in order to accomplish her wishes. She inherits a ridiculous sum of money that only gets mentioned twice, and ultimately doesn't flow at all or make sense in the story line. (She's not spending inheritance money, but rather her own from a job that couldn't be possibly be enough to cover the expenses of her whims).

    Her response to anything that goes wrong is "crappy doodles" and I thought if I read those two words one more time, I was going to scream!

    The other character, Joe, is another wonderment in stupidity. His real life career is obvious from the get go. There is NO real 'difficult to solve mystery', just a stream of stupid happenings that in real life would be totally scary and leave the person living them saying much more about it than "crappy doodles". The only other thing you could call a 'real mystery' would be WHY her mother is murdered in the very beginning and how it ties into the rest of the story. That is NEVER explained.....at all.

    Ultimately, I found this book to be exasperatingly dumb, and by seeing this book getting an overall rating of nearly 5 stars makes me wonder if we all read the same book or if the copy I read was edited, shortened and left out ANY good parts.
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    53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable April 5, 2012
    By FJ BANK
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters (especially the main) are will developed and I felt myself instantly rooting for and identifying with her (even though I'm a guy :-) I was somewhat disappointed by the mystery part, of which the built up to its conclusion suggested a much more interesting and reasonable solution. I don't want to give away anything, but one of my earlier guesses for a possible solution seemed more compelling and satisfying than what the actual solution ended up to be. Swank's psychological writing is more interesting and rewarding to me than her mystery writing, and that is why I enjoyed this book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderfully fun and easy to read mystery. Loved it!
    I loved reading "Twenty-Eight & A Half Wishes", Denise Grover Swank's first book in her Rose Gardner mystery series. It was such a fun book to devour, and devour it I did. Read more
    Published 12 hours ago by Jennifer Mclean
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Enjoyed reading
    Published 14 hours ago by san
    4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
    Love this book, it had such a cute bizarre story, young innocent woman working for the DMV who "SEE'S things and all the follies that follow. Read more
    Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Nice easy to read, and fun.
    Published 19 hours ago by karen s le
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    this is a hilariously funny, cool book! i loved it! so different to the ho-hum fair you normally find...
    Published 21 hours ago by tabitha
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    One of those books you can't put down! I devoured it and can't wait to read the rest of the series. Great heroine, lots of laughs, emotional moments and twists that don't stop... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Megs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty eight and a half wishes
    Page turner, hard to put down. Very well written and funny too. Would like to read more from this author.
    Published 1 day ago by virginia otwell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Nicely written. Can't wait to read more by this author
    Published 1 day ago by Kristin Moore
    2.0 out of 5 stars Better as a movie nit a book
    This is written to be a lifetime movie. Would have rather watched this book as a movie. It would have saved me my time reading it and my teenage daughter would have loved it.
    Published 1 day ago by Victoria s
    5.0 out of 5 stars 28&1/2 wishes
    Great book for the first in a series. Rose makes a great beginning into her "new life" looking forward to reading the next book.
    Published 1 day ago by Bob W. Krause
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    More About the Author

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

    You can find out more about Denise at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at DeniseGroverSwank@gmail.com

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