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Wish You Were Here

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  814 ratings  ·  115 reviews
A very young Beth and Jack met, fell passionately in love and had a whirlwind engagement several years ago in Corsica. But when they got back to the reality of their everyday lives in the UK, Jack mysteriously ended their relationship and Beth was left alone and heartbroken. What a cad. Or was he? When Beth, all grown-up and newly engaged - again - ends up working for Jack ...more
Published September 6th 2007 by Little Black Dress (first published June 14th 2007)
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Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: asdf
The story had such great potential in the beginning, but the author failed to push the novel to the next level. Everything was safe, there was too much dialog, too much in depth office-related goings on and there were several editing mistakes.

I would have liked the author to have abided by the rule "Show, Don't Tell." Jack had all this mysterious history surrounding him and only once did the author allude to the truth of it. I wish that more and more of his history had been revealed slowly throu
Lady Heather

3 Stars

I liked this story, but I'm sorry to say that I didn't 'love it'.
The writing and story were really good, but I had a hard time connnecting with the characters.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
She renews her relationship with a narcissist. The end.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, won
It was the last third of the book that rocked for me! I was swept away with the love story. The sensual tension between Beth and Jack was intense. I found myself characterizing Jack as debonair. Heck, I'd take him back!! That's how good the teasing was presented. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but the "will they get back together" scenario played out as foreplay. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this fits the erotic genre. Not at all. Merely, a chick lit that made me want to cheer ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first thing you have to know about this book is that you have to accept it for what it is and more importantly for what it is not before you even begin to read it. This story is not a "sweeping generational family saga." It is not a "Nail biting on the edge of your seat legal thriller." Nor is it a "love story for the ages" This book is not "The Paris Wife" or "Defending Jacob" or "Memoirs of a Geisha" What it is, however is a light simple modern romance story. When you know that and read it ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2009, 2015, net-galley
I really enjoyed this one on a recent camping trip.

Reread 19th May 2015
This is an ideal holiday read- pack it in your suitcase now! I can just imagine losing myself in this one on the beach with the sun shining down and imagining exotic corners of the world!
Beth and Jack met eight years ago and fell in love in Corsica. A whirlwind engagement followed- but when they got back to the UK Jack disappeared without trace leaving Beth very sad.
She is now engaged again and ends up working for Jack’s comp
Moon Love
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been eagerly looking froward to the release of Phillipa Ashley's book here in the US. I made myself wait and not devour it when it arrived.

I love the premise of lovers being reunited. Beth and Jack met 8 years ago on a trek in Corsica and fell madly in love. Jack proposed and Beth accepted. Then Jack disappeared without a word and left Beth behind heartbroken. Now Beth has re-entered Jack's life and both dance wearily around the other trying to upset the delicate balance between them.

I fe
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Beth already knew each other before she turned up for an interview at his travel company. He had left her high and dry with a broken heart so she wasn't too pleased to see him again. Of course that soon changed. Definitely a holiday read - easy, light and entertaining. Book provided by publisher and Netgalley.
Connie G
Beth and Jack met eight years ago on an outdoor travel trip to Corsica, and the sparks flew between them. Now she's applying for a job, and he's her future boss in the travel company. This is a hot and humorous romance set in both London and beautiful Corsica.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this fun read, and managed to whiz through it in a couple of days. A perfect romance story!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't like cheating, even when you realize you don't love the person you are with. You should at least break up with them before starting something with another person.

I also was not invested in the main characters, I only liked Freya.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
So basic. It killed me.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sweet story of love lost and found . Enjoyable, evocative and fun. Don’t fancy the trekking but Corsica sounds wonderful.
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Beth Allen works in the travel industry; she does backpacking trips in various parts of the world. She'd been working her father's small local company until he had a serious accident six months ago; while he's been recovering the business has slowly wound down. Now her younger sister has been accepted to an expensive college, and Beth is looking for temporary work in London to help with her sister's college expenses.

Jack Thornfield is the newest CEO at Big Outdoors travel company. When his perso
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review
This has been on to the read list for a long time and I thought it about time to read it so I could cross of it my list. So I dove in with any expectations not knowing anything about the book or the author and hoped for the best.
Engaging from the beginning, we are introduced to Beth who is struggling to keep things all together. A few months ago she left her perfect job and dreams behi
Jeannie Zelos
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wish you were here, Phillipa Ashley
 Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction
I love this sort of read sometimes, funny, light, and with a holiday feel to it. The kind of book you want for a beach read. It sounded so promising and it was a decent read but for me it could have been a five star one if certain areas were a bit stronger...still, I’m not the author – I can’t write! and it’s clearly going to be five star for many other readers. Everyone likes something di
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Beth share a summer romance 8 years prior and Beth never hears from Jack again which breaks her heart. Beth, in desperate need of a job, receives an offer from a firm where Jack is the CEO. Her family and financial life is crumbling after her mother dies, her father has an accident and her talented teenage sister wants to go to an expensive acting school. She settles into an unsatisfactory relationship with Marcus, who owns the local used car dealership. And yes, you are right in thinki ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wish You Were Here is a modern day tale of Persuasion with the thrill of a vacation travel adventure. Eight years ago, Beth Allen met and fell in love with Jack Thornfield while they were both on a vacation trekking through the island of Corsica. After a whirlwind romance and an engagement, Beth never heard from Jack again, breaking her heart. Now all of these years later, Beth discovers that Jack is head of the compan
Paula  Phillips
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I Paula Phillips am a self-proclaimed lover of Chick Lit Books and I adore the books published by the company "Little Black Dress" for three simple reasons. They are easy-to-read , the stories are romantic and can keep you on edge as you know the way you want it to turn out but everytime you turn the page thinking this will be the moment something else happens and you sit there going will they ever find the right moment and when they do find that perfect moment , it's a special moment. The third ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Beth’s father has had a stroke and her little sister is still in school, so Beth needs to find a job to help with expenses. But she never expected to work for Jack!

Ms. Ashley’s main female character is Beth, a strong young woman who is facing a lot of challenges at home and in her personal life. Beth is vulnerable, ready to find a man to settle down with but not satisfied with the one who wants her, and quite formidable at work.

The main male character is Jack, who is good looking and in great
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Beth Allen will do whatever she has to do. Since her father had an accident over six months ago she has been helping out in the family business. Now that business is slow she is looking to take on a part time position to earn money to send her younger sister to an expensive college. Who knew working in the travel industry could be interesting?

Jack Thornfield is the new CEO at Big Outdoors travel company. It just so happens his assistant shows him Beth Allen's resume for the temporary position
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This one just did not connect with me. I found the style of writing slightly choppy, but the characters were hard to root for. I am not a huge fan of stories based on deceptions, no matter how minor, and this one has one at it's key. If that trope does not bother you, then this can be a lovely second-chance story.

Jack and Beth met years ago on a sexy Corsican holiday but were separated quickly after. When Beth rocks up for a job in
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Eight years ago, Beth and Jack had everything going for them – fun, sun, each other’s love – until Jack disappeared.

Now Beth has the financial stability of her family on her shoulders, her ailing father and her sister who wants to attend the “best” school. It’s up to her to ensure that they are cared for. To do that she heads for an interview that will change her life.

When Jack and Beth meet up again after all this time, the sparks of interest are still there –
Jenifer (JensCorner)
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phillipa Ashley is a wonderful romance storyteller. You connect with her characters, and find yourself routing for them. She weaves a story you are pulled into, and they are magical. In Wish You Were Here, she does so well what she always has. She makes you fall in love with her characters as they fall in love with each other.

Jack Thornfield runs a company called Big Outdoors. They don't offer your average vacation get away. However, if you want to white water raft on your vacation, they have yo
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious! I don't get to read chick-lit as much as I used too and I really enjoyed getting in touch with this genre again. Jack and Beth were both fun characters. Jack being the "Big Bad Scary Boss", when you meet him as a reader he just seems so mellow.

When you start the book you know where its going of coarse. Beth is almost engaged to a man named Marcus who would like her to just be a stay at home wife, while Beth has other ideas. She wants to see the world. She just can't in
Felicia (felso)
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, i-own
I enjoy Phillipa Ashley's stories so much I have the UK edition, US edition and it's also on my Kindle. Fun books to read and re-read over the weekend or in summer.

Jack Thornfield and Beth Allen fell in love on holiday in Corsica, 8 years ago. Jack leaves without an explanation.

8 years later, Beth's father has a serious accident and Beth leaves her job to help him, the family business and her sister. Beth then finds it necessary to take an exciting new job in London to help her sister through
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
Thanks for the Netgalley for my copy.

Jack Thronfield is CEO of Big Outdoor and looking for a head of marketing. His PA recommends Beth Allen. They have a history together in Corsica. 8 years ago, Jack promised to call but he never called and she never have forgotten about that.
Beth Allen comes back to London for an interview without knowing Jack was interviewing her. She didn't realize how upset she was when she saw him again. She runs out. Feeling the regret, she went back for her interview a
Meghan Cooper
Feb 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls who love their little black dress books
Any book that is a little black dress book, I will enjoy and I did enjoy this book. I thought it was funny, romantic and cleverly written, I only give it three stars because I thought I didn't really get into the story until the last 100 pages, I felt like it didn't get going until then. I think the trip should have been the main part of the story and not the end. I know that it needed the build up but I wanted more of the trip in which they get to know one another. I wanted more cute moments wh ...more
Phillipa Ashley's latest offering is a tale of second chances--and whether you should take them. Beth met Jack when she was just nineteen and vacationing in Corsica. A whirlwind romance later, he asks her to marry him and she says "yes!" Then he disappears, and she's heartbroken. Fast forward eight years and Beth is walking into an interview for a job that she really needs. And guess who's on the other side of the desk? Jack, of course.

Taking this job might be the dumbest thing she ever did, but
Subroto Roy
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
You meet your love 8 years after a very bad break up, what would you do ? Philipa Ashley has presented infront of us a similar situation, preoccupied with all her problems & responsibilities Beth find a job at London . Unaware of the fact that she's gonna meet her ex-boyfriend as her new boss , Jack who is totally disliked & hated by her because she thinks she had been cheated long ago. Jack knows that she needs the job like anything & so does Beth so they decide to keep their relationship just ...more
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Phillipa Ashley is an award-winning author of 17 novels under three pen-names.

Her best selling new Cornish Cafe series is available in e book and paperback now.

The first in a brand new series - Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: the Driftwood Inn was published on September 18th.

She also writes the Oxford Blue series as Pippa Croft.

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