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The January Wish

(Tarrin's Bay #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From Escape's queen of ro-magic comedy comes a sweet, emotional contemporary romance about the pleasures of making a wish and seeing it come true.

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…
ebook, 173 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing
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THE JANUARY WISH is set in Tarrin's Bay which is a fictional town based on the author’s home town of Kiama. Sylvia is a local GP and neat freak, a place for everything and everything in its place, so it is a surprise to her that she acts on an impulse and joins the throngs to make a wish at the annual wishing festival held in Miracle Park each January. Sylvia makes a wish that she can find out what happened to the daughter she gave up for adoption eighteen years previously when she was sixteen. ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The January Wish. I have a soft spot for books set in small towns, and Tarrin’s Bay, where this book was set, is a charming small town, and based on a real small town that I’ve been to :)

The book is told from three perspectives – that of Sylvia, her daughter Grace and Sylvia’s infuriatingly charming colleague Mark. I loved that it was told this way as we got to delve deeper into the story than if it was told strictly from Sylvia’s view.

Sylvia is a doctor. Her life is very ordere
Fiona Marsden
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Sylvia Greene, family practitioner in Tarrin's Bay. She doesn't believe in wishing but finds herself making a wish at the annual Wishing Festival in the local Miracle Park. The wish involves the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years ago but she never expected it to come true.

The arrival in town of Grace Forrester, her daughter, triggers a whole lot of happenings. It also coincides with the arrival of Mark Bastian, a Naturopath and Acupuncturist to join the clinic where
Roz ~ My Written Romance
I read this in January - only just found my notes for the review. Sorry it took so long, Juliet!

As I stated when I initially read The January Wish, this was just such a joy to read. Coming away from this book, I was left in a really sunny, happy mood.

Firstly, what a perfect little setting for a romance, and for a series as a whole! Tarrin’s Bay has its inspiration drawn from the gorgeous NSW South Coast town of Kiama, a very familiar place to me from childhood. The way in which the town and its
Cassandra O'Leary
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sweet, feel-good romance from the author of Fast Forward, a book I really enjoyed. I liked the emphasis on second chances in this story - in love, pursuing a talent such as music and becoming a parent. The magical theme of the wishing fountain added something different from a run of the mill romance. I'll look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A small town coastal romance set in Tarrin's Bay, Australia. This book has it all, romance, family drama and small town living. The book has three main characters, Sylvia, Mark and Grace. They are each healing from personal pasts. This book will make you laugh and cry,I did not want to leave Tarrin's Bay. Looking forward to reading the next book February or Forever. ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. All of the main characters had depth. I like suspense novels, so seeing those elements surprised me. I recommend reading this. For my full review, feel free to check out The Celebrity Cafe. ...more
Alli Sinclair
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the Tarrins Bay series left me wanting more and I am so glad the author is writing more books. It's a wonderful setting for stories and the characters to come alive on the page. I look forward to more enjoyable reads in this series! ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tales interwoven that just kept going on - enjoyed this despite not being the usual crime/murder/mystery genre I like. An easy read while on holiday.
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Sam Still Reading
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those looking for a lovely character driven story
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: loved Juliet Madison's ro-magic comedies
I’ve really enjoyed the previous ro-magic novellas by Juliet Madison (I Dream of Johnny and Starstruck in Seattle), so I was super excited to see she had a new novel out this month. What’s even better is that it’s the first in a series, linked by place – Tarrin’s Bay. Tarrin’s Bay is a (sadly, fictional) small town by the ocean – just big enough to have some wonderful cafes and residents who don’t know all of the neighbours’ dirty secrets. It sounds like a wonderful place to holiday and unwind w ...more

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Actual rating 3.5/5

I've always been the one to say a 3* rating is not the end of the world and yet, here I am sad and almost brokenhearted for giving this book such a rating (It's actually 3.5/5 to be more precise). I am a HUGE fan of Juliet Madison and have read all her works (except for the second one in this series 'February or Forever' which I will be reading soon) and I did have high e
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
The January Wish is women's fiction, family drama, and romance all rolled into one -- and set in Australia. I loved the plot: Sylvia reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years ago. And I enjoyed the subplots: Sylvia breaks up with one guy and falls in love with another; Sylvia's daughter experiences young love; small-town citizens support each other personally and in business.

I didn't like the characters, though. I thought they were a little wishy washy, a little boring, a lit
Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores
Dr. Sylvia Greene is taking a bold step for herself. She goes to the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival and makes a wish. One she doesn’t share with anyone. Then she soon finds her life flipped upside down. Some of the changes are hard, like her boyfriend walking out on her when he discovers she had a baby as a teen. Sylvia is strong, though, and rises to every challenge! Including the handsome Mark who’s struggling with his own set of issues. Then there’s Sylvia’s daughter Grace Forrester. Grace’s c ...more
The Deal: Dr. Sylvia Green is a practical woman, she works hard as a GP in her small costal town, she's dating a surgeon from a near by hospital and is generally happy with her own life. But a flight of fancy took her to the Tarrin's Bay Wishing Festival held every january at the town's park, and made her throw in a coin and make a wish, even though she knows it's silly.

But, when a week later, her all grown up daughter - the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years before, shows up she realiz
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The January Wish is a sweet, easy read but not without substance, likable characters with interesting back stories round out the story.

Sylvia's ordered life takes a leap into new territory when she makes a wish at the Tarrin's Bay Wishing Festival and Grace, the daughter she gave up for adoption re-enters her life. I was surprised by how much I liked Sylvia and her obsessive, controlling personality, she does manage to keep her 'uptight' under tight rein but it was nice to see her rela
Maryline M's Bookshelf
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading The January Wish. The main character, Sylvia, is not someone I would relate to in real life, but that didn't keep me from warming up to her almost instantly. Throughout the novel, hints are dropped about the character's past. Sylvia, Grace, Mark,.. they all seem to have a difficult past they're trying to leave behind and I loved how nothing about it was predictable. Not what they've been through, not how they handled/ handle it, not how the relationships between the c ...more
Ceri ( A Book Between)
The January Wish is the story of Sylvia Greene and how, with the help of one little wish, her life is changed forever. Dr Sylvia Greene prides herself on her well organised life, full of science and routine, but all that changes when she makes a wish at the Tarrin's Bay Wishing Festival. Before long she is faced with the daughter she gave up for adoption and a new, very attractive work colleague.
The January Wish starts off slowly but really picks up the pace towards the end of the book where it
Book-shelf Shelf
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story of Syliva, a well respected doctor in Tarrin’s Bay, but who has a secret that comes back to meet her after she makes a wish at the annual festival. This is the first in the Tarrin’s Bay series and a good start, although i loved Fast Forward more (and am still telling people about the Epad!)this is a good second book and start to the series. I will certainly be following the whole lot and cant wait for the next book to see how we meet more people from the area and if the characters from J ...more
Kirsty Wenn
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'd probably rate this book 3.75, but I'm happy to give it 4 stars because I quite enjoyed my visit to Tarrin's Bay. In retrospect, I think that I wanted bit more insight into Sylvia's wish at the beginning of the story. I also found myself thinking that Mark being in Sylvia's friend's wedding was too much of a coincidence and it felt a bit contrived to get Sylvia and Mark together. Aside from those things, I enjoyed the relationship between Sylvia and Grace and the beautiful happy ending the au ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
This was my first time reading one of Juliet's books. I have been wanting to read one of her books, so was excited to check out the first of this series. This story is kind, loving, and full of happiness. For me, I personally love stories that are full of heart and soul, and avoid sharing all the negative. This story shares about letting go of the past, finding peace with our decisions, and celebrating the future. I definitely recommend this sweet story! ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I can't wait to read more in this series. Secondly, what a great book to have been able to read. Meeting a child that you've given away when you were young and actually having a great relationship with that child makes you see the love, devotion and strength people can have. A romance blossoming between two adults and overcoming grief. A great novel leaving me filled with hope, inspiration and wanting to read more ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
funny and emotional, a book that you will laugh, and cry at the same time. Maybe not the book that you want to read in a public space, if you are one who got effected by the book easily, like me. I'll definitely look up other works by this author. ...more
Eleni Konstantine
A lovely read about reunion, loss, guilt and finding oneself. A lot of emotional depth is found in a his first book of the Tarrin's Bay series. Looking forward to to reading the next installment.

4.5 stars
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
First story I've read by this author and I really really enjoyed it. Loved the small town atmosphere and it had a bit of a 'Hart of Dixie' feel about it. Really enjoyed the naturopath vs medical practitioner theme too. Will be reading more books by this author! :) ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy reading this book. It has romance, parts that makes you cry and really appreciate the life I'm living with my precious two kids. ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This book was exactly what it promised: a sweet, simple, ya romance. Just lovely but not particularly complicated or scintillating.
Kristy Cunningham
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Was a good easy read.
Nicole Tucker
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable lighthearted read

I really enjoyed this book. It was light, warm & enjoyable.
The characters were ordinary people, working through life's challenges.
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Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author of fiction and self-help, and a colouring book artist. She likes to combine her love of words, art, and inspiration to create books that entertain and empower readers to love, laugh, and live.
She enjoys putting her characters into extraordinary situations and taking them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weavin

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