The Wish Published by grand central publishing on September 28, 2021
Source: Review copy
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General
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The international #1 bestselling author of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks is back with his most epic story yet.
What if the person you needed most, turned up when you least expected them?
Maggie hasn't told this story in years. More than two decades ago, she fell in love. She was sixteen and far from home, waiting to give her baby up for adoption. Bryce showed Maggie how to take photographs and he didn't judge her for the way her belly swelled under her jumper. They had the perfect first kiss. Theirs was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.
Now, as Maggie sits by the Christmas tree in her gallery telling her story, surrounded by the photographs that made her famous - the photographs Bryce never saw - her new gallery assistant asks her a question. If she had one wish, what would she wish for this Christmas?
Maggie always thought she knew the answer to that question. But before she can say 'I'd go back to that winter with Bryce', she stops herself. It is all she has ever wanted but suddenly here, on this dark night under the twinkling stars, there is something else she wants. She wants to find her baby.
A heart-wrenching and uplifting story about discovery and loss, The Wish is a reminder that time with those precious to us is the greatest gift of all.
Praise for Nicholas Sparks:
'This one won't leave a dry eye' Daily Mirror
'A fiercely romantic and touching tale' Heat
'An A-grade romantic read' OK!
'Pulls at the heartstrings' Sunday Times
'An absorbing page-turner' Daily Mail
Nicholas Sparks is a master storyteller with characters who have unique backstories, characters that make you think and almost always make you cry or at the very least shed a tear or two. The Wish is just such a story told in alternate timelines past and present between an elderly lady who is a fantastic photographer who owns a gallery and a young man who just started working at her gallery. Like most Nicholas Sparks novels, you may figure out where the ending is going before you get there, but that doesn’t matter what matters is the way the story works its way into your soul. You don’t want to stop reading or watching since his books do make great movies as well. You come away with so many feelings after reading his books, and you want to and stare as you process the emotions that get stirred up. I don’t read a lot of these books cause they drain you a bit emotionally, but I am glad they are around when you want or need that kind of release—another extraordinary tale from a masterful author.