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Wishful Thinking Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 1, 2011
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But all of Hazel's aimlessness and indecision suddenly come into focus when she receives a surprise envelope on her 18th birthday. Inside is her birth certificate and the name of her birth mother. At once, Hazel is on a mission to locate her birth mother, to perhaps find the home she's always felt she lacked. But when her plan backfires heartbreakingly, she is left with nothing but a beautiful dress and a lingering wish to have the chance to know her birth mother, a wish that seems impossible now.
Or is it? Thanks to the magical powers of the mysterious dress she has found, Hazel finds herself whisked back to the year of her birth and to the other side of the country, amid the artistic inhabitants and "summer people" of Martha's Vineyard. There she finally comes to know the woman whose name appears on her birth certificate, while also learning how to fit into a makeshift community, making difficult friendships and even falling in love. She learns more than one surprising secret and even discovers more about her past --- and her future --- than she ever could have thought possible.Read more ›
After doing some research, Hazel realizes that her birth mother lives in the same city. And she's having an art opening - tonight. Hazel knows that she has the perfect opportunity to meet her. She takes her only dress to a seamstress to fix the gaping hole in order to wear it to the opening.
The seamstress, although gruff at first, tells her to come back in a few hours. When Hazel returns, she rushes off to the event, bringing along her dress to change in the bathroom. But she's shocked to realize that the dress she pulls out of the garment bag isn't the same one she dropped off. Without time to rectify the situation, Hazel immediately puts on the dress.
And when she arrives at the party, she uncovers devastating news.
Hazel doesn't realize that any wish she makes while wearing the dress will be granted. More than anything, she wants the chance to meet her mother. Will her wishes work in her favor?
As the companion novel to WISH, WISHFUL THINKING takes another girl dealing with heartache and tries to make her dreams come true. I love the idea of three different gorgeous dresses for each wish granted, and I enjoyed watching Hazel attempt to uncover clues to her past while hiding her own secret. This is a wonderful book about one magical summer and a girl discovering herself.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
Eighteen year old Hazel Snow was given up for adoption at birth. The woman who adopted her died in a fire at the restaurant she owned when Hazel was less than a year old. Lonely and wanting a mother or some sort of family, she's lived with her adoptive step dad who's tried to be there for her, but has never quite recovered from his wife's death. When Hazel receives her birth certificate, she starts searching for the woman named as her mother. Surprise, the woman is wealthy and lives in San Francisco. When Hazel learns she's doing an art show in town, she takes a dress in for repairs so she can attend. She arrives, wearing the first of the magic dresses, only to discover the woman just died of cancer. Her first wish, made on the ferry she takes to return home, is that she can get to know her mom.
Hazel wakes up eighteen years earlier on a different ferry, as it pulls into Martha's Vineyard. The first two people she meets are teens her age, the guy, warm and friendly, the girl, pretty prickly. They tell her how to find the estate of the woman she believes is her real mother. What follows is part love story, part coming of age and a lot of learning to love and let go even when it really hurts. Hazel has to use her other two wishes in ways that benefit others, but in the end she's the real winner. This is a great book to offer teens who come from foster care, were adopted or have a sense of loss.
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I loved the romance and the dresses. Great sequel to an amazing series. Alexandra Bullen did a very good job.Published on May 16, 2013 by Just
I loved this book before i got it and now i have it and i love it even more and now i can read it anytime!Published on January 26, 2013 by Doris Hanks
Wishful thinking was a fun and engaging story. Ms. Bullen has a knack for creating memorable characters. A great read for teens and adults alike! Highly recommended.Published on October 1, 2012 by Nancyt
This was a great buy. My granddaughter has been wanting to read this book since she saw if on her Book list from school. Thanks!Published on May 27, 2012 by Dawn March
The dresses were actually a pretty neat mechanism for granting wishes, but this may be because I like gorgeous dresses (although really what girl doesn't?). Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by Sniffly Kitty
This book is out of the usual genres that I read. I just had a hunch when I saw the beautiful cover that I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by C. Wong
I read the wish and then just had to have this one after reading that. I absolutely loved it... i couldnt put it down! i loved the wish too. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by DanielleA
I started WISHFUL THINKING with no expectations, except for the hope that it would be a relatively light and quick read, as I wasn't in the mood for something that would require... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Sara
I was really surprised by Wishful Thinking. It had way more depth than I had expected. Admittedly, I knew very little about it before I began reading, but I did know that Bullen... Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)