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Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street #5)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,195 Ratings  ·  1,006 Reviews
What Anne Marie Roche wants is to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, 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 get together to celebrate..."hope." They each begin a list of twenty wishes, th ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 01, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This would have to be one of my favorite in the Blossom Street Book Series.

1. The Shop on Blossom Street
2. The Good Yarn
3. Susannah's Garden
4. Back on Blossom Street
5. Twenty Wishes
6. Summer on Blossom Street?
7. Hannah's List

I fell in love with the characters. I can't wait for the next book.
Aug 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has actually changed my life. It is a novel about making goals for yourself in your life. I loved it. I actually made a 20 wishes list for myself and have completed one wish so far. It makes me excited to try new things in life and remember some of the goals I have had in life.

Mar 27, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the annual Christmas party of the Sisters of the Sauna, the conversation turned to books as it often does. Our hostess, an excellent storyteller, said that she had read this book and it changed her life. She said that she had begun practicing random a acts of kindness with suprising outcomes. As my antenna is always scaniing the conversations of my friends for great books, I decided to search for it. I secretly hoped it wasn't one of those selfhelp books preach about changing my gutterbound w ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CIP: What do you want most in the world?

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At 38 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 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 d
I really liked this book. It made me realize that no matter what happens you shouldn't give up hope or stop wishing.

I like the fact that Debbie Macomber is able to weave characters that have flaws and problems just like the rest of us but they aren't so over the top that you don't believe them.

She also gives you updates about characters in previous Bloomsom Street books and works them into the story. It was like hanging out with old friends and making new ones.
Jun 14, 2009 bookczuk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: cheryl jones (reggiesgirl)
This was one of the last books bumma was reading, and while she didn't have the strength to finish it, the idea of a group of widows meeting made her wistful. She lost her beloved 28 years ago today, which would have been their 68th anniversary, and never loved another man. She told me once that she thought when my dad first died, that she might remarry, because she was so young. But she soon realized she had no interest in finding another man. She found other passions in her life: grandchildren ...more
Kayla Edwards
This book surprised me. Working in a small town library, you would think that I'd read Debbie Macomber before but this was my first time reading one of her books - and I can safely say it won't be the last. It was incredible to me how something as simple as a plan among four friends to make up and fulfill twenty wishes could snowball into something so much bigger and touch so many lives. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!
Susan Mallery
Jan 13, 2011 Susan Mallery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, and I'm really excited to read Debbie's story "The Twenty-First Wish" in THE KNITTING DIARIES. (Full disclosure - I wrote one of the stories in THE KNITTING DIARIES, too.)
Jan 29, 2009 Lauran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a Debbie Macomber book in quite a while, and I was pleased with this one. It talks about four widows creating a list of twenty wishes. That are supposed to help them get back to living life. As someone currently dealing with a death in my family it was a great way to remember not to dwell on it, and to remember to keep living your life.
Feb 18, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debbie, as she always has been for me, had me entranced and enthralled in this book. The lights had gone out in Georgia and I still couldn't put this book down. I curled up next to the lantern and the window and read each and every page. This book is a keeper.
Jan 02, 2016 April rated it really liked it

I love Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books. I think this is the second one I've read (maybe the first one I've finished? but not due to disliking her writing) - I vaguely remember Anne Marie and Ellen and the gang on Blossom Street from another book, but I can't remember which one.

Anyway, this was a pretty awesome book to finish on January first. :) The entire premise is around Anne Marie's friend group making a list of twenty wishes - things that don't have to come true, things that don't
Aug 16, 2008 Gloria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want a great story
An interesting book that has many surprises. It was great to see how each person's story unfolded. Many great lessons to learn, among them were forgiveness and to look beyond the obvious.
Dec 03, 2015 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Borrowed as eBook from the library) The widows of Blossom Street get together for Valentine's Day and each start their list, aiming for twenty wishes of things they would still like to accomplish. Some of the women become enthusiastic right away while others develop their enjoyment of the exercise. Eventually other people find out about the lists and start their own. It was fun for me to watch the lists grow and the list-makers develop a new joy of living. And, the Twenty List idea is great for ...more
Barbara ★
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.

Aug 14, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 17, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women over 30
Recommended to Michelle by: N/A
The story was incredibly predictable and really sappy almost all the way through. It reads a lot like "Twilight" - a good book to turn your brain off while reading but definitely NOT great literature. I disliked that the book hardly mentioned the characters from The Shop on Blossom Street . Lydia, whom I happened to like a lot and figured the rest of the series would center on, was only mentioned in passing. She had NO major role in this story. I found that to be pretty disappointing. Something ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful addition to the Blossom Street series. The new charecters in the bookstore, the return of old favorite characters, and the connections they make with each other. A group of ladies who have one thing in common, being a widow, set out to make the best of a Valentines Day alone. The idea of making a list of 20 wishes is joking tossed about, then they all decide to do that very thing.
Debbie Macober is such a creative writter that is able to make each persons wishes real, warm a
May 12, 2009 Bonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still travelling, but I have small slips of time where I can read for a moment or three. Finished this book on the short flight from Turin to Munich this afternoon.

Debbie Macomber is another of my favourite authors. So far I have enjoyed every one of her books and have not yet been disappointed with her touching stories. I love the idea of making a list of wishes and taking actions to make them come true. Some occur by happenstance, but I think the desire has to be there and you have to be open
Aug 24, 2013 Leslee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was I booked I lucked out on. I had never heard of it, but picked it up anyway. It is about 4 widows that get together on Valentines, and decide to make 20 wishes, (not to be confused with goals). It was fun as they each became committed to their wishes that the wish would bring them so much joy. Ann Marie (one of the widows) decided to volunteer in an elementary school and have lunch with an 8 year old girl, which turns out to be so much more. This an easy read but so enjoyable. I loved it ...more
Cathy Daniel
Jan 30, 2016 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+++++ stars! Lol! SO SWEET! I cried a couple of times at the ending. Happy sigh!
May 31, 2009 Karenpetersen26 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Mom gave me this book and said "It was a cute story, that I should read it." I took the book thinking to myself, I will never read it... That night I had some free time so I thought what the heck... I'll read it! To my surprise I liked it and finished the book in three days. I loved how each of these women decided to what makes them happy and no one else. It was a cute book seeing how they made there 20 wishes come true... It made think of what my 20 wishes are... I am actually still in progr ...more
Patt Madden
Oct 10, 2015 Patt Madden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of twenty wishes.Very good read!
Hanİfe Poyraz
Nov 06, 2014 Hanİfe Poyraz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yazar Bir Dilekle Başladı Her Şey'i oldukça sade bir dille yazmış.Kitabı okuyan herkes yazarın ne demek istediğini çelişkiye düşmeden anlayabilir,yazar söylemek istediklerini açık bir şekilde ifade ediyor.Ayrıca kitap oldukça akıcı.Okurken sayfaların nasıl ilerlediğini anlamıyorsunuz.Kitapta 5 dul kadının eşleri öldükten sonra hayatlarında meydana gelen değişiklikler,düştüğü umutsuzluklar ve bu zorlu süreçten nasıl geçtikleri anlatılıyor.Fakat kitabın olay örgüsü çok basit olmuş.Okurken bizi hey ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts out with Anne Marie Roche a 38 year old widow and several other widows on Valentine’s Day getting together. Anne Marie is trying to find happiness and doesn’t like her life. The other widows aren’t happy with their lives either. They’re all together on a lover’s holiday, depressed. They all drink wine and stomp on bubble wrap to get out their frustrations. They end up giggling and then Anne Marie comes up with the idea that they should each start a list titled: “Find one good th ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
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 ex
Dec 27, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out. - Elizabeth Bowen

Reading a Blossom Street novel by Debbie Macomber is like coming home - loving, welcoming, full of laughter. And TWENTY WISHES was a favorite "trip home."

Four widows get together on that dreaded holiday for singles - Valentine's Day - to commiserate with each other, drink some champagne - and walk barefoot through bubble wrap. They end up deciding to comprise lists of heartfelt wishes that maybe even they didn't kn
Apr 18, 2014 Tári rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doğruyu söylemek gerekirse hiç de emin olamadan başladığım bir kitaptı... Fiyatının 5 TL olduğunu görmesem, Debbie Macomber'in bir kitabını almayı düşünmezdim de. Ama bitirdikten sonra iyi ki almışım diyorum.:)
Basit bir hikayeydi, öyle büyük ve heyecanlı olayların olmadığı, hani ev hanımları için tabir edilen türden... Bana birazcık Maeve Binchy'y anımsatan bir tarzı vardı. :) Baş karakterimiz ve arkadaşlarının, hayatlarının sorunlu, mutsuz bir döneminde yirmi tane dileklerini yazdıkları birer l
Feb 16, 2016 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Optimistic story
Cathy Cramer
Another book in the Blossom St. series. This one started out pretty serious, with four grieving widows, but lightened up as they pursued their life's wishes. The romances were both fun and funny to read, particularly the one between Barbie and Mark in the theater, although as the character Mark complained, sometimes they had "too much information." I liked the story of little Ellen the best, and I also liked that some of the characters found they could still have a meaningful, enjoyable life wit ...more
April Ramon
Mar 08, 2015 April Ramon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book really enjoyed it
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 770 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Blossom Street (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1 )
  • A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, #2)
  • Susannah's Garden (Blossom Street, #3)
  • Christmas Letters
  • Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)
  • Summer on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #6)
  • Hannah's List (Blossom Street, #7)
  • A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street, #8)
  • Starting Now (Blossom Street, #9)
  • Blossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

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“Your heart has to let your head know what it wants.” 17 likes
“Sometimes, I think we're afraid to admit we want certain things. Especially things that contradict the image we have of ourselves.” 11 likes
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