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Three Wishes

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,930 ratings  ·  168 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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Emmaleigh Wurzbacher
Honestly if I could give this book no stars I would. I read books as an escape, especially romance novels. I expect a happy ending. I read this book about 6 or 7 years ago and I can honestly say I did not see the ending coming. It was depressing and the only reason I finished the book is because I can't leave a book unfinished once I've started it. In fact, since I read this one the only books of hers that I've read are the ones that I had read before.
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
It was the most emotional book I have ever read. Was so different from your "happily ever after" romance novels. A very unexpected ending. I am glad I read it, but wouldn't read it again, because I know the ending. If you like heavy emotional other than the just sex and romance, read this!! One of her best!!
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.
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!!!????"
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
Debbie Phillips
Oct 22, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Oct 03, 2012 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
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
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
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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,
Ms. Priestner
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
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
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
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
Jeffree Itrich
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
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
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
Joan Malinoski
Although most reviewers here say they did not like this book, I did. It was very well written and very interesting. It could happen is my take on this one. But I guess I am a bit of a dreamer? I did not know what was going to happen in the end. I was surprised which is a good way to end a book. I will read more of Barbara Delinsky in the future because I enjoyed her book.
I have read LOTS of Barbara Delinsky's books and this is ONE of my favorites. Warning - IF you truly get involved in your books, then this one is a tear jerker. Predictable? A bit. And I don't care.
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
I can't believe I'm saying this but Three Wishes is a romantic novel that I loved, and hated, because it didn't have a pat ending but a very good one just the same. what? LOL!
Mari Chanona
Recuerdo haber leído este libro cuando era pequeña, fue uno de los primeros libros que me ha marcado por ese final, han pasado años y aún lo recuerdo :(
This was a very light read. It was cheesy and predictable, which is very different from other books I've read by this author. I was looking for a story with more substance.
This is the first Barbara Delinsky book I have read, and probably will be my last. The plot is too contrived and unbelievable, and the ending doesn't help. Take a pass on this one.
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
Cammie Rountree
This book holds the place as favorite book I've ever read. It's just wonderful on so many levels.
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