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The Wish Hardcover – September 28, 2021
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From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.
1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.
By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.
As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (September 28, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538728621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538728628
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.95 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As an older woman, reading about a pregnant 16-year old did not really appeal to me, nor the budding love story with another teenager. I'm sure the love story will appeal to many and the fact that it is a Nicholas Spark's love story, it will also be praised. I am just not one of those praising this book.
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A detailed and explorative tale about the love felt by two young people which lasts a lifetime. Sadly they were not together forever.
If I’d read, in a synopsis, that this was about a teenage girl being pregnant and being sent to live with an aunt for the pregnancy duration I probably wouldn’t have read this book. Then I would have been missing a superbly written story, which has so much depth that I became engrossed with the few characters involved.
Without hundreds of adjectives, that detract from the points, the story pulls you in without awareness of reading. It is as if you are watching a film. A sure sign of a brilliant writer. Throughout the main character’s life you feel the emotion that transpires. Essentially a tragedy without any ugliness whatsoever, it is a glorious array of feelings felt by each person involved. You are there, with them.
To write this review I will not outline the plot because it doesn’t matter, it is so beautifully crafted. So few books become memorable after a month or two, this is one that will be.
As I prefer escapist romance with a touch of wit, this didn't really do it for me. That doesn't mean I can't appreciate its better qualities.
People who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing that they like!