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Three Wishes

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,427 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
A storyteller of unparalleled emotional intensity, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky has created a novel that resonates far beyond its extraordinary love story. Here is a tale of courage, community, and the magical consequences of being given a second chance.

What if wishes really could come true?

It's the question facing waitress Bree Walker when she awakens in the hospit
ebook, 304 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jaime Atkins
I really like Barbara Delinsky's writing. However, I was disapointed with the outcome of this book. NOT just because it had a sad ending, but because she had the opportunity to show that love could overcome even the worst of circumstances. The three wishes were given to Bree as a gift of more time since her life had been tragically taken from her. I think the story would have been better if at the end, Bree realized that the wishes were not real, but rather the joy that comes from reaching out ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Kellie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to explain why I only gave this book one star without giving away some of the major parts of the story. The book is well-written but I was very un-satisfied by the end of it and finished it thinking "WHAT!!!????"
Oct 16, 2009 Janna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the most predictable book I've read in ages. I knew by the fourth chapter exactly how it would end - and I was completely accurate. I only picked this up because I read "While My Sister Sleeps," and liked it. But, I don't think I'll read more of this author.
Dec 26, 2012 Wes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't properly say how bad this book is. The female lead is a waitress in a small New England town who has done nothing with her life and plans to spend the rest of her life there as a waitress, with no family and no romantic prospects.

The male lead is a world famous author and lawyer. Tall, handsome, wealthy, but ashamed of a past that makes it possible for Tom and Bree to get together (how else would a man of this caliber fall for a waitress approaching middle age tucked away in the middle o
Oct 03, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Bob of S&S
Shelves: romance
A romance set in a small town of Vermont linking diner waitress, Bree Miller, and novelist, Tom Gates. The story seemed repetitious at times- exploring near death experiences and family themes. Overall it had a very positive message and the author did a nice job describing the passing of seasons in a New England setting.
Aretha Renia
Jul 11, 2009 Aretha Renia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book because it is so romantic and moving. It has a story line that keeps you reading, and when that third wish was granted my heart ached. This is truly a tale of giving everything for love.
Diana Dupre
I've become quite the Barbara Delinsky fan this year, that said, this book was not a favorite. I've thought about it a bit trying to pin down exactly why. The writing was ok, the story was ok, the ending was actually more dramatic than I had anticipated but was somewhat predictable. She didn't take the easy way out to end the book which I appreciated. The fact is the final couple of chapters are why I gave it two stars instead of 1. Will try not to put in spoilers.

It just didn't grip me, I found
Oct 16, 2016 Sandhya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How to start my review....I'm not sure. I liked the premise of near death experience and three wishes. That's the reason I started reading this book.And it was good...with the romance, small town and I loved Bree and Tom's characters but the ending was the one thing that made me hate this book. Seriously, isn't magic and wishes should give you a happy life or in this case a happy ending. The story made me love the female character so much that I could not accept the end. I mean, why did the auth ...more
Suzanne Ross
Disappointed in myself for finishing this. I realize this was one of her earlier books, but can I just say that I don't enjoy book s written at a 4th grade level? Also, I'm going to be busy scrubbing some of the sap off of myself. I am elbow deep in sap.
Dec 21, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
well written, but the opposite of a typical Christmas themed novel. Very sad story.
Mary Sewell
Very good book; held my interest all the way. It didn't turn out the way I might have wished, but it was pretty true-to-life and inspiring in spite of this.
Jennifer Marie
Definitely loved the writing and you fall in love with the romance of the characters. Only reason I'm giving it a three star is because the ending was not what I was wanting. I am a sucker for overcomers and I felt so depressed that Delinsky went the direction she did when it could have ended so much better.
Debbie Phillips
Oct 22, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book has a good plot and story. I enjoyed that part of it very much. I chose this book as one of the gift books from the summer reading program at our local library. I got a free book for every 4 books I read.

It looked good. The small town on the front cover looks like a place I would like to live... except that it is too cold in Vermont. Unfortunately, there was too much sex and explicit descriptions to make the book worthy of recommending to ANYONE. I would not have even finished it exce
Rachel Brand
I accidentally read a very spoilery review of this book before I started it, and worried that this would interfere with my enjoyment. As it turns out, I probably would have figured out the ending at least halfway through this book anyway, so it didn't matter too much. But please, people, if you're going to discuss the ending of a book in the first couple of lines of your review, mark it as containing spoilers! I only discovered the ending when I did a brief scroll of the page--you didn't even ha ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This little review, I suppose, contains spoilers. It can't help but not, so read with caution.

Why didn't I like this book? Yep, the ending. I, too, was looking for a sappy holiday romance type of thing. Sad endings piss me off. They don't piss me off when they are ironically tragic, but when they just seem to be there like a punch in the nose on the end of an otherwise nice chat, yeah, I react. There are some books that end sadly that I think are fantastic, but this wasn't one. I think, in part,
My first encounter with Delinsky occurred a couple of years ago. I had never heard of her until one of her books was in a box of books that I paid for, sight unseen. I was iffy about reading the book and took it with me to a doctor's office where I was expecting a long wait and would read it, if only out of boredom. I actually enjoyed the book and have since picked up a couple of her other works. This small hardback came into my possession after my great-aunt died and several of her books were p ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
I read this "quick like a bunny" so that I could release it for Valentines Day 2004.

While the book was not the top of its genre, it still kept me reading- maybe because I'm an eternal optimist, and like the concept of three wishes, maybe because I had a near death experience myself, maybe because I wanted to see what happened when she used up her three wishes...
I'm not saying I was glued to it or anything- but it had its points. It's one of those books you're pretty sure you've figured out, but
Mrs. Sottiriou
Reading this book, you can't help but wish that you lived in Panama. The traditions the author details about the towns events just make you want to live there. It's like a rural paradise - which fits my own backwoodsy family and instincts. Based on the books I've read by her, I've decided that Barbara Delinsky is, overall, a "grandma writer." That may be because my grandma loves her, or it may be because, in her photo, she is wearing those white grandma shoes. You know the ones. Regardless, Deli ...more
Anne Marie
I have mixed feelings about this book. I think one of the reasons why is because I started to read some not-so-good reviews about it before I read it. It started out to be one of those fruity everything is perfect book, even though the main character gets hit by a car and nearly dies. But she's hit by the gorgeous perfect guy who falls in love with her, so everything's fine and dandy. The odd part about the book was not only Bree's near death experience, but the fact that she couldn't get over i ...more
Dec 27, 2011 EThayer3 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I should NEVER read the reviews before I start a book, never. Unfortunately I did and I know the end as I read. It really does not add to the enjoyment of a book, in my opinion, and I strayed and am paying the price.

Nevertheless, this is a bit of a contrived book. The heroine is grounded, sensible, beautiful and by all accounts, then has a life/death experience that makes her question everything and not use good old common sense when making her decisions, so a contradiction. I did enjoy the desc
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I think this has been my favourite Barbara Delinsky book so far!! Fabulous!!!

"What if wishes really could come true? It's the question facing waitress Bree Miller when she awakens in the hospital following a blizzard in sleepy Panama, Vermont. Although she can't recall the near tragedy that landed her there, she's overcome with the certainty that she has been granted three wishes. One seems to have come true already; at her side is renowned author Tom Gates, the accident's only witness, who had
Mar 22, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Delinsky’s people and characterizations, which is why I kept on till the end of this book, whose plot is a little far out and nowhere near as satisfying as Coast Road. Bree is almost killed in an automobile accident in Vermont, but is saved by the driver of the other car, a wealthy successful author who has moved to the little town anonymously, to try to decide where his life should go next. Sounds like Coast Road? Not by a long shot. Bree, in her out-of-the-body experience after the acci ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've enjoyed all the Barbara Delinsky novels I have read, I truly felt cheated on this one. The story was absorbing and sweet, up until the last few chapters, at which point I was thrown for a loop, given a tragic ending that I really was not expecting. The ending was so devastating that I was angry enough where I had trouble getting through the last pages. I felt angry and cheated after reading a story that begins with hope and optimism that ends quite the opposite. So, if, like me, yo ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The manager of the place I work out recommended this as her favorite Barbara Delinsky novel. I like to give authors a try -especially prolific authors. Of note is that she writes this story in 1997 about near death experience. Look at NYT best seller list. There's at least three titles involving near death experiences that have been secure there for weeks and it's 2013. It's a subject that remains relevant and who's to say whether it's for real?
Also of note is that Barbara Delinsky grew up in Ne
Mar 30, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I really did. I like the love story that she creates with these really strong characters in Bree and Tom. I like the small-town-in-Vermont feel, with a local diner and snowstorms and everybody knowing everyone. I even liked the surprise twist when the reader finds out who Bree's mother is. But I really wish the ending had been different. If it was my book, I would have written it differently. It added so much more emotion that was totally overwhelming for me. I couldn't handle ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read but at times seemed lame. If she talked one more time about the three wishes I was going to scream. Sometimes books that the couple falls in love and gets married so fast seem so unreal does that ever really work?

I do believe that you can have an out of body experience like she did but the three wishes and death after the last seem a little unreal.

Like others said I wish I wouldn't have read reviews before I already had my views on the book and that was always on my
Mar 08, 2014 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wishes? Near death issues...."...they're not open to a different dimension." "It's an energy channel. One step above man's everyday level of functioning." There are thought provoking parts, too detailed in someways. In my opinion the author could have been less explicit and allow the imagination take the reader on through the journey in this read, on many pages. Can't say it's my favorite but a summer, fluff read w/ more creative thinking than some fluff books. A love story with real life family ...more
Virginia Markhart
As far as Barbara Delinsky books go, this one was at the bottom of the barrel. She is by far one of my favorite authors. Copywrite on this book is 1997 so I think she has come a long way as an author.

This is the story of Bree. A waitress in a small town diner. She has a near death experience and is given three wishes. The male lead is Tom, new to town and trying to overcome a past that he is ashamed of. He witnesses Bree's accident and they become and marriage follow.

The story has a
Jeffree Itrich
Aug 23, 2014 Jeffree Itrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this novel 5 stars but for the ending. What a tear jerker. I can't remember the last time I cried reading a book. This one really brought on the rain. I kept asking myself - 'seriously, did she have to do that?' (I won't spoil it for you by saying what happened) While the author neatly tied up the tragedy in the epilogue I was still left feeling raw. And perhaps that's the brilliance of her writing, her ability to bring out emotion in a gut-wrenching way. I highly recommend it ...more
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