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I am a real fan of Debbie Macomber's books, and was surprised to find out that she started her literary career writing Mills and Boon slush!! I first started by reading Thursdays at Eight, which I was given and have read all the Blossom Street series except the latest one which is nearing the top of my book pile (if I stop buying them and adding to it!!!) Although Debbie Macomber's style is definite chick lit, it is not as OTT as you would expect from an ex mills and boon writer - there is not a throbbing loin in sight!!! Twenty Wishes is a spin off from the Blossom Street series, and features a lot of the characters from the other books, but is a standalone story and no previous reading is required. The story is about a widows club who decide to make a list of twenty wishes to enrich their lives, and the journey that the wishes take them on. The main character of the story is Anne Marie Roche. She started the widows club when they all met at a book club that she started at her book club. Her husband Robert died when they were separated, having fallen out over Roberts refusal to start a family, although they were working on a reconciliation. Her biggest wish is to see Paris with someone she loves, and to sing again, which she found herself unable to do after Robert died. As part of the wishes all the widows agree to give something back to the community and Anne Marie agrees to become a lunch buddy to an under-privileged child at a local school. It is here she meets Ellen, a quiet withdrawn child who lives with her grandmother. They slowly forge a relationship over their shared love of books and animals, and Ellen soon starts her own list of wishes. There are three other widows in the group. The first is Elise Beaumont whose husband Maverick died of cancer. Elise does not feature too heavily in this story, although she has had quite a large part in the other Blossom Street stories. The other two widows are Lillie Higgins and Barbara Foster, mother and daughter whose husbands died together in a plane crash. The sub plot of the book features Barbara and Lillie, as their wishes lead them both to start relationships that the other initially has reservations about, and the strain it puts on their relationship with each other. This book is very uplifting, and although it is ultimately quite predictable as is often the case with chick lit, is both touching and funny in places. You see the idea of the wishes catching on through the community and I like the fact that the wishes are not all serious and life changing. It shows that silly things can brighten your life, like buying a new pair of bright red cowboy boots, or catching snowflakes on your tongue! The book is written in the third person, which I prefer as it allows for better character development and visualisation. My only minor complaint on this book is having been written by an American, it is a bit cheesy in places!! However it is still a lovely story. And as I picked this one up for 50p in a charity shop, was an absolute bargain!! Published in paperback by Mira Books - 409 pages
I wanted to write a review about this book "Twenty Wishes" because I really enjoyed reading it!! It is a really easy read following the lives of a group of ladies all widdowed. Life is very different for the ladies now and they decide to write a list of twenty wishes, hopes and aspirations to help them move forward with their lives - some simple wishes like a new pair of cowboy boots and other wishes more dreams, like falling in love or becoming a mother. Ann-marie the owner of a book store features most in the book achiving her twenty wishes with the help of a young girl that she befriends as a volunteer and whom she eventualy adopts. The book shows how people can be influenced by their personal circunstances and proves that life can be changed with a positive attitiued. New beginings are found by all the ladies in the book, although at the start of the story they would never have thought it possible. The retail price of the book is £6.99 but you can purchase it for much less on Amazon. I have read other books by Debbie Macomber and have enjoyed them just as much.
Sometimes I want to read a complex, thrilling book that preys on my mind when I'm not reading it, and really makes me wonder what is going to happen at the end. But those types of books can be hard work and I need to be in the right frame of mind! Sometimes, I just want to read a nice story that is fairly predictable, but written so well and with such joy that it makes me feel happy, rested and content. This is why I like Debbie Macomber's books. Twenty Wishes is the fifth book in Debbie Macomber's popular Blossom Street series. The series focuses on a set of shops on Blossom Street, set in Seattle. Most of the stories focus around the yarn store, and knitting usually plays a part in the story. This book as a little different though, and whilst the yarn store is mentioned, it is not the main focus. There is no knitting pattern to go alongside the story as there has been in some of the other Blossom Street books. The story focuses on Anne-Marie Roche and her struggle to come to terms with the death of her husband. She has several friends who are also widows, and they decide to write a list of twenty wishes, and then set out to achieve them. Wishes can be small or huge, and the widows are not to be put off by wishes that seem unattainable. The book follows how the twenty wishes change Anne Marie's life, as well of the lives of the other widows. She meets a young girl called Ellen, and faces up to struggles with the family of her deceased husband. As the story progresses, we see how the twenty wishes not only change Anne Marie's life completely, but those around her. Fans of the series will also recognise familiar characters such as Lydia who owns the yarn shop, but there are a few new faces too. Macomber manages to bring to life the friendly Seattle community without resorting to long descriptive passages, and by the end of the book, I felt I really knew the characters within the book. Plus, I wanted to move to Seattle! Fans of Macomber's books will recognise her easy writing style, and this book is no different. There are no prizes for guessing the ending, and no nasty surprises in store, but then, that isn't what I want when I read one of her books anyway! Perfect for a holiday read, when you want nothing to tax your brain or bring you down. Macomber's characters generally have a strong moral compass and empathising with them makes me feel good about myself. Twenty Wishes is perhaps my favourite Blossom Street book to date, which is surprising when you consider it is less about the knitting group than the other books. A great, easy read - makes me want to write my own list of twenty wishes!