A Secret Wish (Wish series #1) Written by: Barbara Freethy
A new week readers, and a beautiful day (at least where I am) So, if you are looking for a feel good book that makes you feel like you have your favorite dessert right in front of you well then A Secret Wish is so for you. I actually had to have a cupcake while reading this book because it was just so sweet and well talks a lot about cake so of course I needed cake! Any who, this book follows not one, not two, but three main characters three women who are years apart in age, society, life, and family, but! They all have one thing in common...okay two since they are women, but they all share the same birthday. Okay, three things in common they all live in San Francisco, ooh wait, wait four things in common! They each have something in their lives that is causing them to be unhappy and not satisfied with their lives. Generally in most cultures we tend to celebrate our births and if we don't those that care for us generally make sure we do. Elizabeth :Liz" Karen Kelly just turned 30 she's celebrating by herself on the roof of where she works and makes a decree that she is ready to take on the world and will no longer settle for mediocre and live! She's tired of going through life’s motions and playing it safe she's turning 30 and well she wants to change to branch out. (Nothing wrong with wanting to live we only get one life right? At least that we know of) Her wish is to.. well we'll skip that wish, but her night is turned upside down and she finds herself having to stick to her resolution because John a mysterious hunky fellow is also on the roof as Liz makes her wish and so he's just the fellow to help Liz begin her journey to a less constrained life. The story shifts and at first I thought perhaps the download of this book was messed up because now we Angela Payne 35 years old and she's just walked into her surprise party after she specifically told her husband she wanted a quiet night at home, her story is very depressing and all top real and sadly common. Her family is a big Italian family and her husband Colin is a wonderful and handsome husband, but Angela really didn't want a party she's tired and depressed and can no longer paint due to her sorrow. Her and Colin have been trying to conceive a baby for five plus years and have even tried IVF twice, readers, you really feel for this women as she is from a big family and her cousins and siblings all have children, and her mother had multiple children, so why not Angela? Her biological clock is ticking and now readers it seems her husband is ready to call it quits on trying and so Angela just needs to leave to go out and not plaster a fake smile on her face.. (something we've all had to do at some point right readers?) Needless to say Angela's journey is one that she may just end up flying solo and it seems that only a miracle can help her and her shattered dream of having a baby, but I'll let you see readers. Our last story is about Carole Prescott, she's just turned 40 and is surrounded by so many people and has a cake any child, teenager, or 20 something year old would absolutely love, but she's not a child, teenager, or 20 something, no she's 40 now, and the room is filled with her husband’s potential campaign donors and her children have left before she's even cut her cake. Carole is a woman who always knew what she wanted and that was money, clothing, a big house, a successful husband, and a grand life. (not something we all wouldn't mind either right readers?) Well, Carole is lonely, she's realizing she's left her past behind and now she has no one she really cares about at her party and to make matters worse readers she may have walked in on something going on between her husband and a fiery 25 year old....oh boy. Sometimes we shed our pasts in order to embrace our futures, but as a lot of people know and have learned through age, sometimes you cannot leave the past in the past, sometimes you need your roots to move forward to grow. Forgive all the guru speak readers, but I may be young but I make it a point to live, and I can tell you so are these three women. And the author Barbara Freethy takes these three stories and intermingles them in quite a clever way and creates a story that so many average and above average people could easily relate to. The stories though serious and with a sad undertone become so delightful and sweet. I enjoyed the stories flipping and moving from one women to the next and so a very sweet and if you make it to the end dare I say happy conclusion?