Twenty Wishes - Blossom Street, Bk 4 Author:Debbie Macomber Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life's not what she'd expected--she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness. — On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows... more » get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.
Anne Marie's list starts with: Find one good thing about life. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again. She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined.
As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true--but not necessarily in the way you expect.
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Twenty Wishes is by far the best of the Blossom Street books. Actually, I loved the 1st, so read the 2nd and the 3rd because I have a problem not walking away from a series, but after the 3rd, I wasn't sure if I'd read anymore (not that it was bad, it just wasn't great and I have a ton of books to read). I am so glad I hung in there and read the 4th. While the ending was predictable, I'm not opposed to predictable as long as it's well written and engaging, and this was both. I also like that Macomber mentioned and used previous characters, but that this book focused on new characters and only used the old to support the new. It's refreshing that the same craziness doesn't occur in the same people's lives again and again (unless it's directly related to their job, people don't typically live soap opera lives). So, yay, I'm looking forward to any additional Blossom Street books and even if there is some ridiculous drama, I have hope that she'll still have some great ones!
Excellent, fast reading story! A group of friends comes up with the idea to make a list of 20 wishes to help them move on in their lives. Things start to change as they take the steps to make the wishes happen. I miss hearing of "the old gang" from Blossom Street. The story doesn't involve them, but there is mention of them. Definitely a feel good book. Leaves me considering making my own list of 20 wishes.
Debbie Macomber wrote some other books centering around a yarn shop, this book can stand alone, you dont need to read those to read this. This is about the book store owner. I love the bucket list of 20 wishes.
Anne Marie Roche wants to have some joy in her life. At the age of thirty-eight, she is living the sort of life that she never expected nor intended for herself - she's childless, a recent widow, and alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her numerous accomplishments, there's still an inescapable feeling of emptiness...Anne Marie is terribly lonely and desperately unhappy.
On Valentine's Day, she and several other widows get together to celebrate...what exactly? Hope, new possibilities, the future? Maybe...But what would you want most in the world? The ladies each begin to write a list of twenty wishes for themselves, things they always wanted to do but never did.
Anne Marie's list starts with: 'Find one good thing about life'. This includes learning how to knit, doing something good for someone else, falling in love again. So, she begins to act on her wishes. When she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. Their relationship becomes far more involved and time-consuming than Anne Marie had originally intended. It also becomes far more important to her than she ever could have imagined.
As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true - just not necessarily in the way you might expect.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a true feel-good story; comforting and emotionally satisfying for me. Kind of like a warm and cozy bubble bath for the senses. I would give Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber an A+! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
This was a surprisingly good book. Years ago, I used to read everything by Debbie Macomber and stopped though I can't remember why. I think it's when I discovered paranormal romance and Debbie's writing no longer appealed. I needed to read something by her for an author of the month challenge so when I saw this audiobook, I jumped on it. It reminded me why I enjoyed her stuff in the past. This is part of the Blossom Street series and though definitely chick-lit, it was very much a tear-jerker.
Four local widows meet at Anne Marie's bookstore and they are all miserable and hating life since they were only widowed in the last year and haven't come to terms yet. They decide to write down twenty wishes each and make them happen. Now these ladies are well off and any wish is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. I enjoyed meeting Lily, Barbie, Elise and Anne Marie. I liked the individual stories of each lady and the fulfillment of their wishes.
But Ellen was my favorite and the reason for the tear-jerker part of this book. 8 year old Ellen was despondent for various reasons I won't get into but the school felt she needed a "lunch buddy" (this is an older women who spends lunch with the child once a week, kind of as a mentor). Elise is a lunch buddy and talks Anne Marie into the program as well. Anne Marie is matched up with Ellen and the heart-breaking story really starts right there.
This story has elements of romance, cozy small town living, child protective services (and all that entails). Just a regular chick lit kind of book with real heart and depth. If you haven't read Debbie Macomber before, or it's been years, this book (or even any book in the Blossom Street series) is a great place to get a story warm your heart and make everything seem A-OK again. Oh and make sure you have a tissue while reading, you'll surely need it. Truly wonderful.