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Three Wishes Paperback – March 23, 2017
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Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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Fazire is a genie. After centuries of serving greedy and vengeful humans he finds a mistress whose only wish he simply can’t grant. Sarah only wants her husband back, but raising the dead is not possible, even for Fazire. This is how, for the very first time in Genie history, the wishes of one person get passed on to another.
Decades pass and one wish later, Sarah’s granddaughter Lily, after one taunt at school too many, makes the second wish. Being an avid reader and a fantastic story teller, she asks for her perfect man with a mile long list of requisites, not only for his characteristics but how their relationship development should progress. Little did she know that Fazire would be so good at wish granting, or that the saying “be careful what you wish for” could be so true. When she asked for their love to go through “trials and tribulations” to deepen… well, she could never have imagined what she was in for.
Years later, in another city in another continent, Nate had risen from the terrible circumstances of his early childhood. Coming from a more than checkered past, from the very first time he saw beautiful Lily, he knew he wasn’t worthy of her. He just couldn’t help himself.
Insta love at its best, a whirlwind romance tragically ends after only two weeks, and it’ll be almost a decade before a seemingly serendipitous encounter will bring their destiny to fruition.
Boy, does Ms. Ashley know how to take your heart and guts and twist them around! I get so invested in these characters, days later I still get choked up at what they had to go through. And even when the “I’m unworthy of my girl” trope is not one I’m particularly fond of, I still absolutely LOVE this story, in spite all my twisted innards.
Lily is selfless, loving, and caring. Her open-heartedness and her incredible capacity for forgiveness is simply inspiring. Nate is one of those closed off, aloof brooding billionaires we all love. With a troubling childhood his stand-offish attitude is not unexpected. He has more than one jerk moment and he is so good at it you want to go at him with a two by four… then again, I was so gaga for him at the end I just forgave him as easily as Lily did. That said, I feel he should have groveled a little bit there that last time, but Lily true to her character received him with open arms almost immediately.
Three Wishes is an amazing story about family, love and the power our own thoughts have over how we see things and ourselves. It’s a book that will give you all of the feels, has scorching hot sextivities, magic and great characters you can’t help but love (or hate in a couple of cases). I do recommend you read it with your Kleenex box in hand range as it will have you tearing up more than once.
And then some things came together, and the rating went up a bit. My enjoyment returned. I was once again rooting for Nate and Lily. AND THEN what I thought was going to be impossible in this story, became possible. And I cried. Not about Nate & Lily, but about Fazire. About family. About... mostly it was Fazire - who I did NOT like for bits of the story, and who redeemed himself and made me fall in love.
And so, while not one of my favorite stories, and while I'm not sure this will be a re-read, it DID end up being emotionally satisfying and a wonderful read. : )
Overall, I adored this story, but it was a long one and I think it could have really benefitted by being cut some in the beginning (where most of the story was passive voice anyway, and that made it really hard to connect or care) and at the end (when the drama went one or two conflicts too far, making the story bog down when it shouldn't have).
But dang...the middle of the story was absolutely phenomenal!! Seriously, there were so many good moments in that middle where my heart just melted. Lily and Nate...gah...they did have to face their tribulations, but they were so fantastic together when the magic was right. And this is a story about magic...and wishes...and genies...and a young girl who believes that romance in the novels is worth the pain of getting there because the love becomes so strong. That's what happens between Nate and Lily, but even knowing the detailed list of her wish, no one could have predicted the YEARS of pain they'd each have to go through before they found happiness.
Wow...the angst and pure romance of the story was amazing. So well done. I fell in love with them and their story.
Note: this book is entirely narrated by a woman, but the POV is first person and alternating. Usually for that format, I prefer both a man and a woman narrator, BUT not this time. Carly Robins' narration of this book ...and the many male characters, too...was absolutely phenomenal. She ROCKED IT!
I definitely recommend this one.
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