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Wishful Thinking Paperback – June 8, 2012
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Until two years ago, Lynette spent many years working as a teacher and running the English Department of a busy London secondary school. Prior to that she spent several years living and teaching in Greece. She gave up teaching to focus on her writing and to date has published three contemporary romances: The Apple Tree, Wishful Thinking and Shopping for Love. Her first romantic suspense, In Loving Hate is due for release in October 2012. Lynette currently lives in an early Victorian cottage in a picturesque Surrey village. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys catching up with friends, the theatre and cinema and occasionally trying to tame her out-of-control garden and the family's anthropophobic cat. You can find out more about Lynette on her blog: http://manicscribbler.blogspot.com or through Facebook (Facebook.com/LynSofras) or Twitter (Twitter.com/ManicScribbler).
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The ending was very satisfying. :)
Wishful Thinking was wonderfully heartfelt, and I enjoyed it very much, especially scenes like the ones with the "greedy helping of salad" and the "ginormous badgers." :) Sofras somehow manages to have super sexy scenes without any sex description, both a marvel and an inspiration to me (last page of the shower scene right before Chapter 19 is a GREAT example...sigh) :)
I would trade a little roughness in the text for a little less soppiness. In America, we call it sappiness, as in, what a sap he is. (Overly sentimental and romantic, to the point of uncoolness). Meet Christian Goodfriend, her novel's leading man. I have not met a male character as in touch with his feminine side as Christian. In my experience, in America, men have a low threshold for bad treatment from women, but Christian has put up with Two Years of drama and mind games from his band's lead singer, and former girlfriend, Amber. If Jess hadn't come on to the scene, how much longer would he have suffered? (Decades.) (He's a doormat.)
As for gentle, mild-mannered, no-public-assistance Jess, single mother of six-year-old angelic Ben, she's a wonderful mom and kind of a non-event of a character. She's the woman who does it all just right. She is Virtuous. Other characters struggle to measure up to her, to be worthy of her affection (one character uses those exact words). She's the Shaharizad of bedtime storytelling, the Prince Charles of authentic English architectural appreciation. She's the Jane Goodall of the London suburban countryside, standing quietly with her cellphone on silent, holding her son's small hand, waiting for the badgers to leave their dens. For an hour at dusk, in January. No whining.
Wishful Thinking is a wholesome love story. One character is alarmingly unstable and mentally ill. She likes to mix things up. But apart from those little plot annoyances, these English characters live clean and don't swear, cheat, tie each other up, pierce or tattoo themselves or swat a partner with a cane. There is some passionate kissing. No details of a rock musician's life (beyond limitless wealth) color the pages.
The story follows Jess and her son, after they are involved in a horrid car crash. But what Jess soon discovers is that even the worst events in life can bring about an opportunity of a lifetime. In this case she meets the hero Christian. But the couple both have pasts that they can't seem to escape from and need to deal with before they can look forward to a future together.
This is a delightful romance that shows that it is never to late to find true love, and there are no obstances you cannot overcome if you really love someone. A recommended read.
Would I recommend this book? Yes.
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Jess and her young son escape a horrible accident and she meets Christian Goodchild, famous pop star.Read more
This book featured an ex-girlfriend who is a psycho and an addict, which ruined the book for me. So sick of this cliche.Read more