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Editorial Reviews


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

"Readers will root for the appealing heroine."
--Publishers Weekly

"Light, fluffy, southern fun."

"TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES is a nice mix of darker elements with some lightheartedness as balance...the light tone and smooth prose keep the story moving."
--Noir Journal

"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 different. 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 getting cable TV and 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.

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  • File Size: 8070 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1629533750
  • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058UXHHK
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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 or email her at

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220 of 226 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Afzelius on July 23, 2011
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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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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Basil on March 31, 2012
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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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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Kay Bratt on July 15, 2011
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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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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By FJ BANK on April 5, 2012
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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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130 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Carol A Hornak on March 16, 2014
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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 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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