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Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down, and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.

In this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tu...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2003)
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Carla Caruso
How have I only just properly discovered Aussie author Liane Moriarty? I loved this book, and can't believe it's her first novel (she now has many more under her belt) - it's so richly written.

I kept seeing Liane's name about the place, then was drawn to reading her debut tome as it's about triplet sisters and I'm preggers with twins. Well, I will definitely be searching out more of her titles.

The Kettle sisters depicted and their various partners, exes and rellies all seem so real and will 'li...more
Ruth Turner

I love the way Liane Moriarty writes, smooth and easy, light hearted and charming, and often very funny.

This story is told from different points of view, moving back and forwards between past and present, and interspersed with amusing recollections from people who have briefly entered the triplet’s orbit.

Once again, Moriarty has created wonderful characters that I could easily relate to. I found little pieces of me in this book, and the Sydney I grew up in. It made me feel quite nostalgic.

As wit...more
Michelle
Attracting attention wherever they go, the triplets Gemma, Cat and Lyn Kettle couldn't be more different - or closer. Gemma is the flighty one and can't seem to hold onto a job, or a boyfriend to save her life. While sarcastic Cat has always been in control and ready to take charge especially when it comes to her job and her marriage. And organized Lyn seems to have it all: the career, the loving husband, and the kids. As these three independent yet devoted sisters get ready to celebrate their t...more
Jennifer
Three Wishes is a standalone novel written by the amazing Liane Moriarty. Based on publication dates, this title appears to be her first novel (at least her first book listed on goodreads). As good as Three Wishes is, I can honestly say she has gotten better and better with each novel.

Three Wishes follows three thirty-three-year-old triplet sisters and describes a year in their lives when their worlds are turned upside down. The way the story and POV's are set up creates some time hopping which...more
Chachic
Originally posted here.

One of my goals this year is to do more readalongs because they're a lot of fun. I read Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty along with two good friends, Janice and Holly. I first discovered Liane Moriarty, Australian author of contemporary fiction, when I read What Alice Forgot last year. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the rest of her books.

The cute cupcake cover for Three Wishes is deceiving. I thought I'd be reading a book about quirky triplets, something light...more
Tania
3.5 stars. A lot of people complain about formula writing, but every now and again (especially when I'm very busy) I enjoy picking up a book and knowing exactly what to expect. Three wishes did not dissapoint and I had loads of giggles and shed a tear or two, which is precisely what I wanted. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between the sisters, even if their personalities where a bit stereotyped, but my favorite character was the mom. A quick bit of escapism.

The Story: Lyn, Cat, and Gem...more
Andrea
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Vicki
Three Wishes is about the lives of a set of triplets, two identical and one from another egg...I see trouble brewing from the get-go. The girls are typical of any sisters, I think, with the drama that goes on, the sibling rivalry, love lives, and jealousy, etc. Perhaps that is one reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did. As an added bonus, there is even a scene where someone loses a bodily part. So, if you ask me, this book has it all!

My daughter and I were reading this book at the same time...more
Heather
I loved this book! Cleverly written, Three Wishes made me laugh and cry, and it made me reminisce about my sisters, my mom, and my daughters. It's definitely a "chick book," but that doesn't limit its action and violence!

I thought the vignettes from the strangers in society commenting on the family with triplets were funny and apt. Gawkers abound when triplets are around...

You should read this book if you like a good laugh, a good suspense, or a good, heart-warming story.
Becky
I think if I hadn't read this book literally right after "What Alice Forgot" I'd probably be giving it 4.5 to 5 stars, but a lot of the storylines were really similar to "What Alice Forgot".

Three Wishes is about triples Gemma, Cat and Lyn, and the book starts with a historic fight on their 34th birthday, at a restaurant, which ends in a fork stabbed in a pregnant stomach. The sisters are all very close, know everything (almost) about each other, and have extreme love/hate relationships. The narr...more
Rayni
This is the 2nd book I've read by Liane Moriarty. The first being What Alice Forgot which I believe I also rated 5 stars. Liane truly knows how to write an engaging story of family dynamics. I took so much away from this book and felt for each of the characters especially the Triplet sisters. It's set in Australia, but so are her other books and frankly I love reading books set in Australia because I love the language/referrals they use like mate.
You're introduced to Cat, Lyn, and Gemma aka the...more
Rosy
4.5.

I definitely wouldn't have picked this book up if it weren't for the fact that Liane Moriarty is the sister of one of my favorite authors, Jaclyn Moriarty. Though I didn't adore it like I do Jaclyn Moriarty's books, I thought Three Wishes (the title really has nothing to do with the story) was lovely and funny and smart. I loved the family dynamics, especially between the triplets (Gemma was my favorite). I also loved the snippets of stories of random strangers observing the triplets and the...more
Emily Lund
I choose to read this book because my local library is doing a reader choice awards and it was one of the previous years winners. Although I find that hard to believe that it won a reader's choice awards. Gemma is one of the Triplets that is lacking in the brains department, Lyn is the overachiever and Cat is the one on the brink of major meltdown. I get what they went through but the story kept bouncing back and forth between present and the past. It was like I was reading a story with ADHD. He...more
Bonnie
This is the third book I've read by Liane Moriarty and I think one of the reasons I've notched five stars for all of them is not because I necessarily 'enjoyed' reading them but because I couldn't stop thinking about them. "Three Wishes" also tackles uncomfortably sticky relationships with friends and siblings and spouses. My brain keeps spinning on 'what ifs' and how decisions we make spin off an impossibly intertwined sequence of events. As always, she succeeds in getting the readers to realiz...more
Rachel
I really enjoyed this book. I was gonna say adored it but I'm not sure if it's a lifelong adoration or a moment in time adoration. But the important thing is I really enjoyed this title while I read it. It's especially relatable to those of us with weird dysfunctional families who mean well and laugh out loud funny while tackling serious moments in life. It's about the individual's lives but also the life of A FAMILY, despite little things like the parents (of the original family for the purpose...more
Janice (Janicu)
(Review originally posted here)

To tell you the truth, I bought this book on the strength of the Moriarty name alone. There have just been so many good things floating about online about the Moriarty sisters that I couldn't resist putting this in my cart. And since Holly and Chachic both had this book in their TBRs, we decided to do another readalong!

The Premise: At the thirty-third birthday of Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma, they have a huge fight at a restaurant. A fight so big that it...more
Susan Spooner
This book was a light and easy read. I related to the sisterly dynamics and ups and downs of their lives. Just a sweet, funny book. I adored it. Was reminded how lucky I am to have a sister.
Theresa
It was okay...

They were a very dysfunction family, but they did live each other and ultimately stuck together through thick and thin. Of the triplets, Cat was an unlikable person, Gemma was airheaded and kind of weird and Lyn was the most stable and logical. Early on, you sort of got the impression that the parents were terrible and the reason they were the way they were, but as the story moved further along, I didn't think so. I did the love Nana. I don't want to be so specific that I give impo...more
Jaclyn
Like all Liane Moriarty books (or at least the ones I've read), this book is set in Australia. It centers around 3 triplets and their relationships and struggles. I loved this book and thought it was a fun read. I especially loved the sisters' relationships with each other, and thought how they interacted was real enjoyable and relatable, but I also loved the rest of the family dynamics as well. A fun, absorbing read.
Stephanie Turk
4.5 stars. This is the 3rd book by Liane Mortiary that I've read and I'm hooked... Liane moriarty has definitely become one of my favorite authors! I laughed and cried through the story and finished the book feeling like the characters were old friends. Needless to say, I enjoyed this lighthearted read and look forward to reading more LM books in the future!
Caroline Rose
Great chick-lit book without the painful 'does he like me/does he hate me' drivel that is in so many chick-lit books. Light, easy to read, & a great ending. Loved it!
Sheila DeChantal
Of course I chose this read because it is Moriarty. Yes, Moriarty of The Husband’s Secret, Big, Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot. That Moriarty.

Three Wishes is an older title for Moriarty and I felt the difference in her character development. While the three sisters were witty and funny and all that I enjoy about her books, the story line left me drifting a bit and honestly I can not even tell you what the big plot moment was.

While the book is fine, I think I am so used to the power packed pu...more
Lani Ayers
I was not able to finish this book. It got too depressing and I started taking it out on Ben and that is when I know it's time to put the book down!
Stephanie
The thing that drew me to this novel was the idea: three sisters, triplets, have a lot of dysfunction and craziness to deal with. Another thing that drew me to it was the fact that the author's sister, Jaclyn Moriarty, has been one of my favorite authors for years. I figured greatness probably runs in families.

In this case, it really, really does.

Jaclyn writes books about teenagers, and the three adult women in this novel felt a bit like grown-up versions of some of the characters I read about i...more
Emmeline
Three Wishes has an unshakable position in my top ten books. I have memorised chunks from it. I can start reading it at any point, and I can skip the parts I don’t want to read. The characters feel like old friends that I can spend time with any time I choose to pick up the book again. Because it is such a favourite, I find it hard to review. It’s like the difference between giving your first impressions of someone, and describing someone you’ve known a long time. The former might sound somethin...more
Pirouette
I loved seeing the story from multiple points of view, since this is a story about triplets with very different personalities. I was not as fond of the extracts from onlookers whose paths had crossed that of the triplets, nor of the opening scene, which did not reflect the tone of the rest of the novel.

The girls were screamingly funny when they talked together. The mixture of absolute familiarity and total disparity created great dialogues and insight.

I love this author. I wish she had more bo...more
Claire
I can't believe this was a first novel. Initially I thought I was in for entertaining chick lit, but I actually found the depth of the characters and the rich emotion quite substantial. Unlike other first novels, this did not feel overly long/under-edited, but rather maintained a steady, pleasing pace. The topics, I would guess, will appeal more to a female audience.
Suzie
The Kettle sisters are triplets and this story focuses on about a year of their life (around their 33rd birthdays). Naturally enough they are all different personalities and are at different places in their lives. There is much drama and heartbreak as we delve into the lives of each of the women and learn what makes them tick.

Coming from a family of sisters only (I understand the author has several sisters as well), I could relate to a lot of the goings on between the triplets. Three can be a ha...more
Aimee
Not my fave by Liane Moriarty. I didn't really like the Kettle sisters. They kind of bugged me.

I loved the beginning of the book - it was funny. But the rest of the book just didn't fit together like the start.

For me the tempo of the book was off. It would get going and then there would be this quick 'chapter' with a random person's voice who had seen the triplets out in public and how it had impacted their life in that moment. They were 'cute' moments, but it made it feel disjointed to me. the...more
Desiree
A masterpiece of the chick lit genre.
Really.
Why don't I read more Australian books?

I laughed my a** off, I cried, I identified, and I found ZERO typos. All of these things add up to a five star book for me. It may be light-ish (although tackling heavy human relationship stuff), but it was tremendously enjoyable.
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Liane was born on a beautiful November day in 1966 in Sydney. A few hours after she was born, she smiled directly at her father through the nursery glass window, which is remarkable, seeing as most babies can’t even focus their eyes at that age.

Her first word was ‘glug’. This was faithfully recorded in the baby book kept by her mother. (As the eldest of six children, Liane was the only one to get...more
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