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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1ST edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030735282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352828
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The five middle-aged Chicago women of Strickland's debut turn their book club turns into a monthly spellcasting session that seems harmless at first. But as the "wishes" get more involved-Claudia desperately wants a baby; Lindsay believes that losing weight will help her become influential with her socialite friends; Jill hesitantly asks for the perfect man; Gail would like some free time away from her three kids; Mara wants financial freedom-things go awry. Strickland, who pilots a Boeing 767 for a living, gives her five passengers a naivety of witchcraft and strength of character that charms.
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Review

Wish Club is a magical delight–a fun, witty read. I hope to see more from Kim Strickland!”
–Candace Havens, author of Charmed and Dangerous

Ever wanted something … more from your life? Then you'll want to get to know the women in Wish Club. Whether you're wishing for a man (or a better one), a baby, a more meaningful career, or simply more time to yourself, you'll find the women in this book relatable, realistic, and refreshing. With a surprising twist that makes you wonder, Wish Club is an engrossing, entertaining read about women and the importance–and power–of female relationships.
–Kelly James-Enger, author of Did you Get The Vibe? and White Bikini Panties

"A truly enchanting read! I was bespelled by Wish Club from the first page to the last. Kim Strickland is simply magic!"
–Tate Hallaway author of Dead Sexy

“Strickland weaves a heartwarming tale of friendship, love and magic–she hits all the right notes with Wish Club.”
–Cara Lockwood, author of I Do (But I Don't)

More About the Author

Kim Strickland is the author of two novels, Wish Club and Down at the Golden Coin. She also writes A City Mom, a blog at www.ChicagoNow/acitymom.com. Kim received a B.S in Journalism with an English minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she obtained her pilot training at the University of Illinois' Institute of Aviation, as well.

A native Chicagoan, Kim still lives in the city with her husband and three children. When she's not being a mom or a writer, she flies for a major airline as a First Officer on Boeing 767's, which means, every once in a while, she gets to eat an entire meal sitting down.

For more information and updates about Kim Strickland visit her at www.kimstrickland.com, find her on Facebook on her Kim Strickland Author page and follow her on Twitter @acitymom.

Customer Reviews

Each character is unique and fully fleshed out.
Gretchen Hirsch
I picked up this book at Borders and liked what the jacket said about women and witchcraft and "careful what you wish for."
Katiebug
Their first wishes work out so well they wish again.
Sandy Hallmann

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
The five women (Claudia, Lindsay, Gail, Mara and Jill) make up a book club. Each enjoys the camaraderie of the get together as they chat about life while drinking wine; they even occasionally discuss a book.

After reading a novel involving witchcraft and trying a light spell as a joke, Lindsay brings Benton's Grimoire, a book on witchcraft, to the next meeting although that tome is outside the normal reading material for the quintet. Fascinated by the spells, they jokingly test the incantations starting with stopping the rain; to their amazement it worked. Awed they tried to cure diabetes inflicting a cat; it works. Excited, the five decide to make their personal lives better with a series spells.

Claudia asks for a baby and the writing a novel. Gail, the mother of three, wishes for some quiet time. Lindsay wishes to lose weight so that she participates in the Women's Foundation fashion show. Mara asks for money and for her former singing career to start over. Finally Jill wishes to be inspired by the perfect man when she paints. However when the Wish Club members begin to get their desires fulfilled; they find their lives out of control. Panicking they need to find a real witch to return them from the Wish Club back to the Book Club.

Based on the concept that sometimes you get what you wish for, this well written lighthearted amusing chick lit tale stars five likable women who learn powerful life lessons. The changing needs of the quintet make the tale fun to follow as Kim Strickland cleverly insures each of the protagonists maintain their underlying basic personality even as their desires keep modifying. Fans who enjoy a charming whimsical fantasy will wish to join the WISH CLUB whose members ultimately wish to revert back to when they were a simple book club.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Hirsch on September 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kim Strickland has written a funny and often surprisingly touching tale of getting what you think you want. As a writer myself, I'm struck by her ability to manage multiple story lines so the reader is never lost. Each character is unique and fully fleshed out. The dialogue and settings are true to life. I had a great time reading this; although it qualifies as chick lit, I think it's better than what passes for that genre much of the time. Kim is an engaging writer with a quick wit. When I picked up WISH CLUB, it was all that I wished for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Madden on September 5, 2009
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What a delightful book! I love magic and mystery and chick lit -- and to have all three combined in such masterfully colorful detail -- what a treat! It's the perfect book for just curling up on the couch and dreaming about what you might wish for if your book club found a book of magic spells that actually works! (And, by the end, makes you grateful that you didn't!) It's a wonderfully fun quick read of magic, colorful characters and adventure. The perfect summer read! Take it to the beach and read it over and over again! Weeeee!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sona on January 12, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised by how captivating this book was. First I tought it would be a good holiday read but it gave me much more - it got me laugh and think. It is very lovely written and there is something for everyone as each of the heroines has a different character and tries to solve a different problem with which you can identify. I recommend it to everyone who ever made a wish and then wondered if it will happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By time4nick on January 10, 2013
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This was the first book I've read by Strickland and I was pleasantly surprised. Well written with a deep understanding of both women's behavior and local Chicago culture...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Hallmann on October 31, 2011
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The "Wish Club" starts out as a book club of 5 women. They get together to talk about a different book every month. They accidentally get into making wishes that seem to come true. So they make more wishes. Well we've all been warned at one time or another to be careful of what we wish for. These ladies learned the hard way to be careful of what they wish for. Their first wishes work out so well they wish again. And they get them answered, again, by getting their exact wish. That's when the troubles begin.

Kim Strickland touches all of the emotions from laughing to suspense and worry. She draws you into the lives of these women by sharing their thoughts, fears and desires as well as their past histories. It was easy to relate with these characters as they reminded me of my own groups of friends. It's a very enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend "Wish Club" to others. It would be a fun book for a book club to read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katiebug on February 14, 2008
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I picked up this book at Borders and liked what the jacket said about women and witchcraft and "careful what you wish for."

Well, I couldn't put it down. I blew through it in 2 hours and loved every moment. My only question is, "why isn't this being made into a movie?"

Loved it and am going to recommend it to my book club.

Girls, this is the book for you!
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