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What More Could You Wish For

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Do you ever think about your first love, the one you thought you couldn't live without? Libby Carson does, and when she receives a marriage proposal she turns to to reach out to her high-school boyfriend, Patrick … just for fun. But fun soon turns to flirtation and Libby, startled to feel the same stirrings of passion she felt at seventeen, wonders ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Tina Axell
Feb 02, 2014 Tina Axell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the cover, I expected some entertaining chick lit, but this book went much deeper than that. I give it 5 stars because I'm at the same point in life, age-wise, as the main character and could relate to so many of the things she was feeling about this phase in life. Thank you for making me realize I am not alone in wondering how did I get to be this old, still feeling the same inside, and longing for my youth? I can't wait to find my Patrick, although the love of my life was not from high sc ...more
Melysah Bunting

What More Could You Wish For by Samantha Hoffman is a story about a woman who recently turned fifty. Libby Carson is a risk taker, but when her dad dies she questions everything. Should she marry? She she color her hair? Should she buy a dog? Is this a midlife crisis?

I really like Libby Carson. She has a great sense of humor. I like that the book is about a slightly older woman. Most novels in this genre are about thirty something women. What More Could You Wish For is witty and out of the ordin
Samantha Hoffman
Jun 13, 2012 Samantha Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Loved it! But then I wrote it. :) I hope you will, too. Coming from St. Martin's Press on August 7, 2012.
What More Could You Wish For
Jul 15, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I really enjoyed reading this book but at the same time there are things to it that kind of bugged me but I guess you can say that about all books....I like the whole idea of reuniting with a high school sweetheart thirty years plus and still having a great connecion. Libby didn't come off as a fifty year old to me in this book. she seemed like she was in her thirties or early forties instead... actually come to think of it every character in this novel seemed younger than the age they were said ...more
This is a great story about Libby, who turns 50 during the story. It's a bridge between romance and a woman rediscovering herself. Libby is in a relationship with Michael, who shows signs of security for her future. At this first sign of unease, she searched out classmates from an ad online, and there before her is her high school love, Patrick. The rest of the story follows Libby as she deals with a life changing family tragedy, her feelings for two men, her own feelings and taking back her lif ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book. It was an easy and fast read. I could very easily see this happening. I wasn't sure who I wanted Libby to end up with, but I was happy with her decision in the end! I would definately recommend this book!

I would suggest in the book description on this site that it doesn't have a spoiler like it does. Giving away that Libby has 2 marriage proposals isn't something you find out till towards the end of the book.
Oct 27, 2012 Eline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, review
What more could I wish for? Maybe some more time to read more books like this one...
A few weeks ago I won this great book on the Chick Lit Central Blog and enjoyed it from the first page to the last one. Have to say I don't find this a "normal" chick lit book. I don't know what I mean by "normal", but it's just different from other books I've read in that genre. This doesn't mean I didn't love it. On the contrary, I really liked this book because it was something different. Instead of telling us
Oct 02, 2012 K.b. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was just a random pick at the library that I made! The main character, Libby, discovers and infers several times in the book that no matter the age of a person, weather you are in high school or turning fifty, people pretty much stay the same for the most part. She discovers that she still is a lot like how she was in high school. I would like to pull out several quotes from the book, that were influential to me.

"But now I finally understood: we all like to think we'll cha
Linda Marie Marsh
This book easily deserves 5 stars and a thumbs up. First of all, I am so used to reading stories involving characters half my age that this was a treat. Secondly, I thoroughly amazingly related to Libby Carson, her feelings, her questions, her choices. You'll grin, you'll smirk, your heart will go out to her, and when you finish the book you'll be left wanting even more.

Comment on midlife- I vividly recall a time when my mum stated that she was middle-aged .. i snidely turned to her and asked "
Oct 11, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First let me say that I was lucky enough to recieve a copy of What More Can You Wish For from Goodreads First Reads. I really enjoyed this book because the main character Libby Carson is so relatable. In the book Libby has just turned 50, but she could of been turning 30, 40 or 60 it doesn't matter. I think every woman can relate to trying to decide between the man you feel is Mr. Right Enough or the first love of your life who you think if only we met later in life I wonder if we would still be ...more
Randy Richardson
As someone who is still feeling the sting of turning 50, Samantha Hoffman’s "What More Could You Wish For" struck a chord. In this, her debut novel, Hoffman tells the coming-of-age-50 journey of Libby Carson, a woman who seemingly has everything she could want but still feels as if something is missing in her life. “When you’re young you think being middle-aged means you’ll act like an adult,” Libby tells us. “What you don’t know until you get here is that in certain things, particularly where l ...more
Reading Fool
Feb 01, 2013 Reading Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, 2013
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Libby Carson has just turned fifty and her life seems pretty great. Out of the blue, her boyfriend asks her to marry him. Instead of reacting like most would, she questions what she really wants out of life and the people in it. This is complicated by Libby's reconnection online with her high school sweetheart. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read primarily because I related so much to Libby and her family. Same questions, same struggles. Th
Jun 30, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-won
Notified that I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Congratulations to all the winners. Received as ARC, to review at a later date.

Libby has been divorced several times and currently in a 2 year relationship with Michael. Things were fine until Libby turns 50 and Michael begins to put pressure on her. Marriage is out of the question!, Libby goes online and seeks out her high school sweetheart. Patrick.

Oct 16, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a random pick on Amazon and I'm glad I read it. It was a quick read and easy to get lost into the plot. I felt I could relate to Libby even though I'm only early thirties. Great story with lots of underlying messages of pursuing your heart, cherishing your family and rediscovering yourself. Laced with honesty, humor, some frank swear words and love. I'm recommend it!
Oct 17, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honest, charming, funny. What More Could You Wish For? Although the protagonist is a woman turning 50, this book addresses concerns of importance to all ages. I'm going to recommend it to my book club because it will provoke conversations on how we live our lives, what we want, and whether it's possible to find true love ever, and especially at 50.
Deni Cary
Sep 03, 2012 Deni Cary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Samantha Hoffman's contemporary women's fiction debut novel is a winner. The heroine's exploration of life at the mid-way mark feels genuine, like it could be someone's biography -- it's that rich. Good Work, Ms Hoffman. More Please.
Janie Kennedy
Oct 14, 2012 Janie Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great book to read, especially if you are older and in love. I would recommend this book to my friends. In fact I have already loaned it to a friend and so far she is loving it.
Laura Siegel
Nov 07, 2012 Laura Siegel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel

I loved the fun and lightness of this "mature" romance.
Renee James
Apr 28, 2013 Renee James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
America's pop culture and even much of its literature prefers young or youngish people for its romantic and coming of age stories, and why not? Anything is possible early in life, and that makes for great storytelling and steamy romance.
The first thing we learn in Samantha Hoffman's 'What More Could You Wish For' is that romantic relationships and fascinating coming-of-age stories can occur at any stage of life and, in the case of narrator Libby Carson, age 50 is as filled with possibilities as
Cindy Roesel
Oct 22, 2012 Cindy Roesel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big fat chocolate cupcake lit up with candles on the cover of Samantha Hoffman’s first novel, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WISH FOR and you know you’ve captured my attention. Now let’s read what’s between these pages, shall we.

Libby Carson has a wonderful life. She has a lovely family great friends, her seamstress business is doing well, a guy who is kind and reliable and blah, blah, blah. She’s days away from turning fifty and surprise, her boyfriend proposes. For any other girl that might be a good t
Jan 15, 2013 Caitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently just finished the book "What More Could You Wish For", by Samantha Hoffman, and was pleasantly surprised.
Upon reading the back of the book, my initial thoughts were that there was no way I could relate to a book about a woman turning 50, when I'm merely a freshmen in college. However, I soon realized I was incorrect.
The main character, Libby, was so easy to relate to, and I found myself forgetting about her age and just falling in love with her character. The book brings up many poin
Feb 16, 2013 Bree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What More Could You Wish For is a fantastic glimpse into the life of a fifty year old woman, Libby, who is still not exactly sure what she wants in life. The pure, honest tone is fun and addictive. I found myself agonizing right along with every twist and turn Libby is forced to face. A nice, quick read that'll make you nostalgic for your first loves!
Cassandra Greenwald
I met Samantha Hoffman at the Chicago Writers Conference this year and loved her advice on writing while working another job. Her novel is a fun, breezy read that also has some true insights on loss, family, and difficult decisions. I don't normally read these kinds of stories (I tend to gravitate to the dark and doom-y), but I enjoyed her characters quite a bit.
Oct 18, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cute story and a quick read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and was very happy that the storyline wasn't one dimensional; there were twists and turns along the way. I usually read murder mystery and suspense novels, and this book was a very nice detour.
Apr 28, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything old is new again - especially in matters of the heart. This is a romance for grown ups. It's about the struggle she has between the man that should be right and her first love that is back in her life. It's an easy read that keeps you turning the pages.
Rebecca Raeske-Grinch
A tale about rediscovering your first love and finding out who you really are. Eh. It wasn't bad, but what drove me nuts was the author's liberal use of italics. It was really annoying.
Sheila Read
Jun 18, 2013 Sheila Read marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
wow it's going to be interesting to read this let's see "What more could you wish for?"
I could wish for more of a job and other things. I would like to win more things that would help me out.
started off with some promise but fizzled quickly. i'm not really into the "chick-lit" genre so i'll chalk it up to that, i guess.
Kristen Crabtree
Quick read for me...not very long but it was cute...loved the ending just wished there was more to it!!!
Lakshmi rated it did not like it
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Samantha Hoffman’s debut novel, What More Could You Wish For, was published by St. Martin’s Press in August of 2012. She lives and writes in Chicago and her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul, The Corner Magazine in London and numerous other print and online publications.
She is currently working on her second novel, The Ones You Left Behind.
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