What You Wish For
From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.
Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its b...more
They're just lined up there, all sad and empty, just . . . LONGING to be clicked.
I blame the stars.
And now I've just found the title of my autobiography: I Blame the Stars ...more
If circumstances were different right now, I probably would be ripping this book apart. The characters are a little bit much and drove me crazy. The cheese factor is through the roof. However, it has a lovely message about finding joy, which is much needed right now. Overall, it served as a pleasant escape during these difficult times.
I'm sorry I wasted my time. This was a buddy read with my friend Marialyce and we were both disappointed.
*I received a digital copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Elementary school librarian Samantha Casey (call her Sam) left h ...more
You know that song by Lee Ann Womack called “I Hope You Dance” ? 💃🏻
This book reminds me of that song...
It may not be the “love story” you are expecting when you pick up the book.
It’s not steamy and sexy...(though in a way that was refreshing!)
Sure, it has Samantha Casey...a quirky librarian you will want to root for.
And, it has Duncan Carpenter, the new Principal and her potential love interest.
He is also a character that you have met before in one of her earlier novels,
yes, this story is cute. it has everything you want from a story about two people trying to both grow and help each other. but its very over the top, like all romcoms are.
also, the fact that sam is sooo determined to change duncan kind of rubbed me the wrong way. there are a few lines here and there that are meant to make the whole situation a little more kosher, but its still a little problematic for me personally. t ...more
Samantha (Sam) Casey is an elementary school librarian on the island of Galveston, Texas. When the school tragically loses their principal, she finds that his replacement is her crush from a former job, Duncan Carpenter. But Duncan is not the Duncan she remembers, he is tough, and on a mission to make sure that the school is safe and secure, butterflies but damned. Fearing that Duncan is about to take away everything that she loves, she decides it is tim ...more
Life. It Goes On.
Living on the Island of Galveston, in Texas, Samantha Casey’s life is perfect. That is, until the day that her former crush, Duncan Carpenter walks back into her life. Samantha is an Elementary School Librarian. Duncan is the school’s new principal. Samantha would love to run and hide, but alas, she doesn’t need to because Duncan doesn’t remember her, even though they previously worked together for 3 years. What Samantha notices howeve ...more
Having recently finished Happiness For Beginners I couldn't wait to dive into this latest release by Katherine center. I grew quite fond of some of the characters and was excited to learn they would carry over into this book.
With the sudden death of much beloved school principal, a close community is reeling! No one could ever replace a fine man like that in their hearts and minds. For Samantha it was even a tougher blow, as she lost not only her boss, but a close friend, and father figure. ...more
Good lort. This whole dang book tried to hard. And failed.
Samantha is the librarian at her dream school. She ran away from her last one because her crush didn't know she was alive. I mean the woman packed her shit and left. I can not even. I'm not even going to rant on this. Let's move on.
So miss thang is at her dream job and her beloved principal/substitute parent passes away and they find out his replacement at the school is her crush. *insert surprise face here*
Samantha is all excited bec ...more
4.25 stars rounded to 4 stars
I love this author. Her books make me happy. My all-time favorite continues to be Happiness For Beginners, but I really enjoyed this one too.
Sam Casey is hiding something. And she is also pining for someone. But the two are mutually exclusive. How in the world can she find joy with this spiritual albatross around her neck? What to do? Duncan Carpenter is guarding a secret too. He also has his eye on someone. Aga ...more
This is another one of those books that I hoped I would love. I’m a big fan of “Things You Save In A Fire”, but that was a much stronger book with more to keep me interested.
This novel starts very slowly as we get to know Sam, Samantha Casey, just at the time that the principal of her beloved elementary school passes away. He wasn’t just the principal, he and his wife were the life and breath of the school. All of their ideas from many years poured into the school.The ...more
I was expecting a beach read, but found this novel a bit of a miss. It was predictable and the characters weren't particularly interesting or memorable.
I found the school setting and happenings very unlikely and unbelievable. I liked that Samantha was a teacher and searching for joy, but this premise didn't add up or make for an inspiring story.
Seems that the author was reaching for the stars, but just didn't catch the spa ...more
Katherine Center's latest novel, like all her novels, is utterly delightful. While I ultimately preferred Things You Save in a Fire, I still stayed up until 3 AM finishing this story. Once it gets going, it's hard to put down.
The theme, choosing joy, really resonates. It's a lesson we should all take to heart. Told entirely from Samantha's perspective, she's a quirky character trying desperately to come to terms with several life-altering events. Enter Duncan- ...more
One of the things I love the most about Katherine Center is her unique way of writing characters that are always relatable, lovable, and full of joy and zeal.
I ended up reading the book in one sitting, during a time when concentrating on new books has become quite hard. What You Wish For was an easy and fast read. Thoughtful. Emotional. Enjoyable. It was a novel about loving yourself as you are, finding the joy in small things, and enjoying life to the fullest.
We didn't fix everything for each other--but we didn't have to. We just made a choice to be there. Which counted for a lot.
I love Katherine Center’s books so much. There is something about them that make me so happy. This book had a mantra of sorts- ‘choose joy’, which is appropriate since Center’s books always seem to bring me joy when I read them.
What You Wish For follows Samantha Casey, school librarian. Her school radiates joy and she loves her job so much. When sh ...more
Some books just hit all the right notes. I don't know if I've every used the term "swoonworthy" in one of my reviews but I'm going to bust it out now. This was one of those reading experiences in which I caught myself multiple times with a big, cheesy grin on my face because I loved the characters and their chemistry. Other than a teeny, tiny part of the ending I thought was unnecessary, this was a perfect read.
Samantha Casey is a librarian at an elementary school. When the time comes t ...more
"choose joy on purpose"
Just what I needed during this time. A heartwarming and hopeful story! What You Wish For, It’s about conquering our fears and being accepted for we are.
Samantha Casey is the librarian of an elementary school in Galveston, TX. A few years ago, she moved to Galveston to escape an unrequited love. The man she fell for was funny, engaging, lovable but he had chosen another woman. Not that he knew how Samantha felt, so it wasn't really his fault.
Samantha is renting a g ...more
In Katherine Center's new book, What You Wish For , Samantha is a librarian at an experimental school. She loves her job—the students, her colleagues, all of it. But it took her a long time to find that place in her life.
“Dude, I’m not happy because it comes easily to me. I bite and scratch and claw my way toward happiness every day.”
When the board of the school hires a new principal, Sam is shocked to find out it’s Duncan C ...more
I think for me it was all those joyfully foolish moments. People acting like clowns really in their everyday lives made ...more
So so cute, so so positive, so so what we need right now. A quirky elementary school librarian in Texas meets her match in the new school principal.
Romance: ★★★★ 1/2
So, let's start off with the fact that I'm extremely biased to love Katherine Center. Her past few books have become all time favorites, and her blend of romance, heartfelt healing, and memorable settings made me oh-so-excited to get to this one.
It did not disappoint!
What You Wish For follows Sam Ca ...more
I have a sweet tooth I won’t deny that, I love love sweet things but this book was just too much. I found the story to be predictable and sappy and overall just a little bit overboard with the sweetness. I am sure there will be loads of people that love this book but I’d just could not get past the sappy factor.
This was my first Katherine Center book and it certainly won't be my last. It's clear message of choosing to live life with joy presented a pleasant and much welcome escape from our reality right now. This was a slow burn story, centered more of community than a love story - although it did have that too. The community at this school and all the secondary characters were what made the story special in my opinion. I was endeared to the quirky characters, especia ...more
This book was a nice surprise. The relationships with the characters were well thought out and you felt engaged throughout the book.
Sam loves her job as the librarian for an exceptional school. The owner of the school dies suddenly and a replacement is brought in to lead the staff and students. Sam realizes she knows the new principle as her crush from a previous job. She feels hopeful that Duncan will help heal the staff and students while they ...more
Samantha Casey is a school librarian in Galveston, Texas. Over the summer she and the local community planned a special birthday celebration for the school's principal, Max. But tragedy struck on the night of the party and lives were changed completely.
We find Samantha preparing for the upcoming school year that Fall. But there's news that leaves her very unsettled. The newly named principal is someone that she knows ...more
Do you ever have one of those spells where you’ve been reading heavier, darker thrillers or somewhat depressing historical fiction? If so, I highly recommend this book as an antidote! With a message of choosing to live life with joy, this book was the perfect one for me to read right now. Yes, there’s romance, but not sappy or steamy. There are some heavier themes that give the book substance, and overall this one punched the ticket for me!
With a school setting, this one features q ...more