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The Wishing Hill

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  82 reviews
What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?
Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.
When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for th
Paperback, 391 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by NAL
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May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traveling-book
The Wishing Hill

Holly Robinson

Wow!! I truly loved THE WISHING HILL from the very first page. Holly pulls you right in and never lets you go! I was totally caught up in all the characters lives and found myself cheering for Juliet along the way! She learns some deep secrets about herself and her family. Everything she thought was her life was a total lie. From her idiot, soon to be ex husband to her own mother.  She has been dealt a pretty harsh hand and now must find a way to deal with it and le
Goodreads Description- What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-a
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read for me. I love books about relationships, particularly those that have characters who are strong and determined. This was one of those books. The characters in this book were immensely strong women - in different ways. The plot follows Juliet as she learns about her family and the secrets surrounding her birth as she is preparing to give birth to her own child. Desiree is one of those flamboyant personalities that you love, sympathize with and know would make you crazy. Cla ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
No one is perfect. It is our flaws that make us human. Holly Robinson creates some very human characters in The Wishing Hill: A Novel. Narrated by two women, Juliet and Claire, this book drew me in within the first few pages.

An artist in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico we first meet Juliet 5 months after her husband left her. She is 40 and pregnant by someone not her husband. She is vividly drawn and an intersting woman. Her brother Will calls her to return home to help him take care of thier mother who
Anastasia Riebs

Bathed in the lush, golden hues of Puerto Vallarta, Juliet Clark spends each sitting on the beaches of Mexico's Pacific Coast, painting landscapes and vaguely feigning a Mexican heritage to the tourists who come to buy her work as the waves lap at the shoreline. When faced with unexpected desertion of her husband, Juliet Clark is at a loss; her tranquil bliss comes to an abrupt halt. Like the native Huichol Indians performing breathtaking ritual, the dance of the flyer, her life has taken on the
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book due to the many positive reviews, however, I thought the book was just ok. I really couldn't identify with any of the characters. In fact, the character Claire, I found to be just down right annoying. She is an extremely negative individual who judges those around her with every conversation and meeting.

The book was written well enough in its prose, but I felt that it dragged along and the storylines weren't very interesting. I would not recommend this book to anyo
Louise Silk
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book is well written but the plot was predictable and the characters more like caricatures.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the charaters in this book.
What I liked: It's a story about generations. There are a couple of geriatric protagonists and a few other geriatric characters each of which the author blesses with a unique personality and role to play. Some of the settings, hospitals, nursing homes, elderly traveling among the young are presented in a thoughtful way that attempts to explore the world from a geriatric point of view and create sympathy in a younger reader. I am not sure how these scenes read for older readers? Do they feel shal ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Juliet Clark is an artist, living in Mexico where she sells her paintings to tourists in Puerto Vallarta. She has recently separated from her husband and finds out she is pregnant but her ex husband is not the father. Juliet's brother Will convinces her to come home to Massachusetts to help care for their aging mother who recently fell and broke her hip. She agrees even though she has a strained relationship with her mother, Desiree. She plans to help her mother get back on her feet and then ret ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Wishing Hill by Holly Robinson
This book is about Juliet, a painter who comes back to Boston to care for her mother who fell and broke her hip. In the nursing home she develops an infection and that puts her back in the hospital.
Juliet's brother comes from CT to help out. Desiree, their mother was an actress and is now in her 70's.
CLaire the next door neighbor remembers Juliet and saves her from going through the icy pond. The story tells of her life and marriage.
Love what the title means and
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I liked this book but didn’t love it. I thought the story was basically good but parts of it really dragged for me. I really like the author’s writing style but I was never really invested in the story. I didn’t feel as though I couldn’t wait to pick it up again when I had to put it down. The ending is what really disappointed me. There was a lot that was left completely unresolved for me and this caused my opinion of the book as a whole to slip drastically.

The characters in the book are very we
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I went to our local book store to hear Holly Robinson talk about her latest book "The Wishing Hill". I enjoyed listening to her speak about her process and the areas that inspired this book. This is a chick-lit book and is about family, secrets, love and difficult choices. There are several story lines to keep you interested and I did like the character of Juliet and was drawn in to see what was going to develop with all the different unresolved issues she has found herself facing. I generally r ...more
Jennifer Norman
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copyof this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I'd give it 2.5 stars. I love that Puerto Vallarta was one of the locations that this story took place. It actually added some color to a gray book (both through location & plot). I had a hard time liking any of the main female characters but still admired their survival despite their complicated histories. Ian & Giles were great though I felt like their characters existed only to provide some romance to a bland story. Not
Joanne Tailele
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this book. Holly Robinson does a terrific job in creating memorable characters that you fall in love with.
Cheryl Pashlin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected. As Shari said...a good summer read. Easygoing.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Highly readable, but ultimately slight. A good beach read.
Judy Spare
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book but a little too much introspection for me.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
uliet has been dumped by her husband, is pregnant, and now has to return to her home in New England to care for her mother whom she ran away from years ago. What Juliet doesn't realize is that going home will reveal secrets that will forever change how she views her family and her future.

The setting begins with Juliet, a successful artist living in Mexico. Her husband, Michael, has left her and she has recently found out she was pregnant. As she struggles with how to handle the chaos in her life
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: contemporary family drama.
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Holly Robinson and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Contemporary Fiction is such a broad category that to label the book as such is really not telling the reader anything. On the other hand, I am always a bit leery of labeling a book as Chick-Lit because I think that many readers make assumptions about the book based solely on that. In fact, I used to think that I was not a big fan of "chick-lit" but as I have read more and more books in this genre I realized that I do like chick-lit, but that I am just picky about the books I read. I find that i ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review Copy Provided By Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book

I have to admit that I found it hard to write a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it – but I have so many thoughts going through my mind that I almost need to sit down and write out my thoughts before writing this review (of course, i’m actually not doing that). So after stepping away for a few days to think about what I wanted to write (but still not really knowing for sure), i’m back to attempt to write
Jane Ward
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I began The Wishing Hill late one afternoon and finished it the next morning. What a compelling read, what complex and fascinating female characters! Both plot and character motivation hinge on the keeping and unraveling of family secrets, and this reader was on edge until the very last chapter wondering if the exposure of lies and coverups would be this family's undoing...or its salvation.

Forty-year-old artist Juliet must return to Massachusetts from Mexico to help take care of her aging mother
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Wishing Hill is about three strong and complicated women – Juliet, Claire, and Desiree – whose lives were shaped by a family secret. Throughout of her life Juliet felt her flamboyant mother was absent. Desiree put her theatrical career and the men she loved first in her life, and Juliet and her brother Will were often left to fend for themselves. Claire was the mysterious neighbor who never interacted with Juliet until Desiree was hospitalized. What was their secret?
Juliet had a successful c
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Memories can be a strong influence on how you feel and think. What you think you know and remember from an old memory may in fact not be accurate at all? The older we get, the more our memories can, in fact, fool us.

The author has created a story that takes a seemingly typical family, and exposes the secrets of who they really are. A mother that is flighty and flamboyant; a brother that is close yet so far away, and a strange, yet kind, neighbor that Mother has had a long standing feud with that
Caterina Edwards
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holly Robinson’s The Wishing Hill caught and held me from its first page to its last. The novel is a subtle exploration of the themes of deception, responsibility, and family. Holly tells a compelling and fast-paced story in clear, effective prose. The settings are vividly evoked; the characters are complex and believable. Juliet is a painter in Puerto Vallarta, who has been betrayed and abandoned by her husband. She is confused, lost, pregnant, and mostly alone when she is called back to New En ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A friend gave me a copy of the book recently, saying I would like the Puerto Vallarta setting. Most of the book takes place in cold New England, but Mexico sure did sound nice—especially the idea of being a painter and making a living off that. The book was an easy commercial read à la Kristin Hannah and Luanne Rice, but I didn't really engage with the characters and all their secrets and melodramatic reactions to things. A little too TV-ish, meaning a person flounces out or the camera cuts away ...more
Jennifer Sibiga
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good book, although I didn't read it as quickly as the last book I read (Save The Date). It made me sad, and it made me happy. The storyline was very relatable as family goes, and I wasn't expecting the main plot twist either, which is nice for a change. The Wishing Hill made me want to forgive, make amends, and do things that truly make me happy. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending left me hanging. I don't know if the several page 'Acknowledgment' section that followed the ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Juliet married a man she met and then moved to Mexico he was a good few years older been married before and had grown children and really didn't want more. But Juliet wouldn't let up on it. Unbeknownst to her he had a vasectomy with out telling her. He eventually asked for a divorce and caught up in her grief she started a hook up with the gardener next door who was Mexican. She always thought r was infertile so to her shock she turned up pregnant after the gardener had said his goodbyes he was ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, disclaimers: I know Holly and live in the area she used for her setting. This only added to the pleasure of the book's experience.

This book greeted me each morning like an old friend. The characters are expertly crafted and the story unfolds beautifully in an unhurried and confident way. The characters breathed for me and I loved them for their faults as well as their strengths.

Holly has a gift in telling a story about a small slice of life in a way that champions all of us. As readers,
Nelda Pearson
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I would give this a 3.5 if there were half stars. Although it is well written the plot was all too predictable. Also, the "old folks" in their early 70s are nothing like the 70 and 80 somethings I know. Too easy on a 40 year old having a first child and negative about the abilities and thinking of older people. Although all the 70 somethings are really quite capable in their behavior--hiking,biking,swimming,traveling,and taking care of their own homes--the auther constantly focuses on them being ...more
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Holly Robinson is the author of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: a Memoir as well as several novels, including Sleeping Tigers, The Wishing Hill, Beach Plum Island, and Haven Lake.

Her essays, articles and columns have appeared in a variety of national publications. She also works as a ghost writer and book doctor on celebrity memoirs and other nonfiction books.

Holly holds a B.A. in biology from Cla