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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, Texasthe goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 14th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What you wish for? I wish to read this book ASAP and Im really thankful to my lucky stars and witchy powers. Here I am. I devoured it at one sit. Im personally in love with those amazing characters. Im giggling like imbecile teenager (so happy you havent met with my 13 years old version, you would like to punch me to wipe my ridiculous smile) seeing the vivid colors of the world that wash my heart with pure joy (See! I started to talk like Anne from Green Gables! This is side effect of reading ...more
    Katherine Center
    Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    I tried not to click on the stars this time. I really did. But HOW CAN I NOT click on them?

    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
    Jayme
    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.
    Its 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.

    Of course, they will have their share of misunderstandings and miscommunications, along the way, as all
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    Bridgett
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    'Never miss a chance to celebrate.'

    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
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    DeAnn
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    4 joyful stars

    Do you ever have one of those spells where youve 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, theres 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
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    Caitlin Reads
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Katherine Center is one of my go to authors and What You Wish For does not disappoint. I was so thrilled when I received the email from St. Martins Press that I received an ARC, I immediately stopped what I was reading and started this book. This story was so fun and unique with completely lovable characters. Samantha is a quirky librarian who moved to Galveston from California to escape her unrequited crush. She starts a new life at an amazing school living in the garage apartment behind the ...more
    Carol
    OMG.....this story was just what I needed right now.....it was sheer book nirvana ......I did in fact receive an ARC from Netgalley but I would have gladly payed for this one.
    Thank you so much Karla for putting this author on my radar. I still need to read "Things You Save in a Fire" but that title has just skyrocketed up my list of books that I want to read after finishing this delightful story.

    I LOVED THIS AUTHOR'S WRITING SO MUCH.

    A MOST HEAVENLY READ INDEED.

    5 "shining" stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
    This is my
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    Diana
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "...again and again ... to choose joy on purpose."

    Katherine Center's book, as with all of her books, are fun and touching. You find yourself drawn in to quirky worlds of imperfection and warmth.

    Samantha is a school librarian that moves to Galveston from California in hopes to forget about Duncan, a wildly popular love interest she had at another school that didn't even really notice her. She finds a garage apartment behind the schools principal and art teacher, Max and Babbette. When Max passes
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    Jen
    Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What You Wish For doesnt hit shelves until July but when an invite to read it popped into my inbox last week, I dropped everything and dove in! I absolutely LOVED this book and sat with a cheesy grin on my face the entire time. I adore Katherine Centers writing. Its so down to earth, joyful, witty, and relatable! She has an uncanny ability to tap into human emotions and translate them into amazing stories. What You Wish For features lovely characters that will capture your heart. The witty ...more
    T. Rosado

    5 Stars!!

    Happiness for Beginners was one of my favorite reads from 2019. In my review, I mentioned how much I loved the heroine's evolving relationship with her brother by the end of the book. Imagine my surprise and excitement over learning that Helen's brother Duncan would be a main character in this upcoming release.

    As told in the heroine Sam's single POV, this story was about her fight for life's joys through unexpected upheaval, Duncan's re-arrival in her life, and a school (town) grieving
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    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    What can I say about this book, my feelings are all over the place. You are going to love to hate Duncan and I hope that you end up loving him. You are going to fall in love with the ending. Center has done it again only this time you are going to be flipping pages so fast to find out what's happening next the book will be over before you know it. Her books are never long enough for me.
    I highly recommend this 5 star read. You won't be able to put it down.
    The Mary Reader received this book from
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    book bruin
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars

    I have loved every Katherine Center book I have had the pleasure of reading. The characters are so endearing and often wonderfully adorkable. They encounter relatable issues and obstacles that will have readers rooting for them from the start. What You Wish For is no exception. After reading Happiness for Beginners (you can find my review here), I was so excited to learn that loveably goofy Duncan would be getting his own book. I dropped all my other reading commitments and dove right
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    Amy Imogene Reads
    Mar 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Thank you, thank you, to St Martin's Press for the "read for joy" auto-approval for this title on NetGalley given the news throughout the world at this time. I've been eagerly awaiting this novel and know it will provide a positive escape.

    Thank you to St Martin's Press via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
    Carrie Zier
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-and-owned, 2020
    Well, I got insanely lucky and received an ARC for Katherine Centers latest and, as usual, it did not disappoint. I just adore the way she writes her characters. She always elicits such emotion ... I rarely cry when reading books but she always gets me. And she writes a hero like none other. She writes relationships for real and makes the couples journey important and sweet. In short, I wish Katherine Center was my best friend. ...more
    Pie Lady Books
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Im not sure I fully have the words to express how much I loved this book! What You Wish For just became my favorite Katherine Center book of all time. I love Sam and Duncan, and their story was exactly what I needed to read right now.

    One of the reasons I love Katherine Centers books so very much is because each time you read one, you are not only getting a wonderfully captivating story, you are being reminded of whats important in the world. Katherine has quickly become not only a favorite
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    Jennifer
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
    4.5/ 5 stars


    What You Wish For is my first book by this author. I would describe it as a combination between Women's Fiction, Chick Lit and romance.

    I love this cover so much! So between loving the cover and hearing such good things about this author I was very excited to start this book.

    The narrator is 28 year old school librarian Sam (female-1st person POV). The story takes place on Galveston Island in Texas.

    Samantha is a librarian at a very special and unique elementary school. I loved
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    Torrie Tovar
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This review is going to be long because OMG. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. This book has some 90s rom-com nostalgia, for real.. It's like hope floats and Never Been Kissed. I can't pinpoint why it makes me think if these but it does.

    Casey is so loveable. She is hilarious and I just imagine her as a fast-talking, unable to shut up, awkward, Lorelai Gilmore. And I love my Gilmore Girls, hence my daughter being named Lorelai. Casey is energetic and her joy is contagious.

    I loved the theme of this book.
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    Susan's Reviews
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    What You Wish For was a magical, emotional read for me, full of colourful characters who dressed like circus performers and who had no issue with spontaneous outbursts of pure Joy.

    Having the courage to embrace life, to soldier on and do or find the things that bring you joy, despite all the misery and unhappiness that may still be hovering on your horizon, was a major theme in this
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    Barbara
    Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: big-girl-books
    I don't read many romance/chick lit books, but I make an exception for anything that Katherine Center writes! I think it's the sense of humor that she adds to her books and the realistic (for the most part) characters, situations, and dialogue! What You Wish For did not disappoint! The two main characters both had believable issues, and the issues were totally unexpected when I found out about them. The dialogue was superb - and I expect the author actually talks the way the characters do - ...more
    Meredith
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I am a huge fan of Katherine Center and her previous novels, so I was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity via Net Galley and St. Martin's Press to read her newest release, What You Wish For a bit early (pub date- July 14, 2020) and Im happy to report that I loved this one just as much as Ive loved her other books that Ive read!

    Although this book dealt with a couple of subjects that can tend to be anxiety triggers for me, I still finished this book and found it to be a really delightful
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    Anne
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Katherine Center knocks it out of the park again! What You Wish For is another wonderful read with lovable characters. I fell in love with Sam and couldn't help but cheer her on. Duncan's story is one that hit me straight down to the core as I teach every single day in a school system, never knowing what the next day will bring. A beautiful story with wonderfully written characters. I loved every minute.
    Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you St. Martins Press and Netgalley for my review copy.

    There are so many things running through my mind as of late. This novel....it was a breath of fresh air. It's that novel that makes you smile. Makes you escape....for just a bit.

    I adore second chance romances....and although this is not the traditional second chance romance....I feel like that is the category that best describes it. Lots of other stuff weaving in and out, but at the end it brought me to five stars.

    I love Katherine
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    Katelyn
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
    When I saw this on NetGalley, I immediately downloaded it. I had to read the new Katherine Center after Things You Save in a Fire!! I read Katherine's books because of the plots and when I found out this one was going to be about a teacher in Texas, I needed it as soon as possible.

    This book was fire, it gave me all the feels. It is definitely my favorite by her while all of her books deal with trauma in its own way, this was a different trauma. A trauma that had me shocked. It dealt with a very
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    Anne
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm always delighted to get a Katherine Center book as they are quirky, funny, and so very insightful! This one was everything I knew it would be! It checks all the boxes for me too: it's a school setting, the protagonist is a librarian, and at its heart it's a book about humanity. Sam is the librarian at an elementary school where an old flame suddenly appears as the new principal. But Duncan is nothing like the man she remembers--a silly, fun-loving goofball who wears penguin pants and ...more
    Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    **4/5**
    Thank you to St. Martin's Press for my free ARC. It was an absolute joy to read during these crazy times.
    Lorilin
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction, arc
    Samantha Casey is currently living her dream life as a quirky and fun librarian at a wonderful elementary school where her coworkers feel like family. But when tragedy strikes and the school is forced to find a new principal, the last thing she expects is her former crush, Duncan Carpenter, to show up as the replacement. At first shes worried all her old amorous feelings will come flooding back, but within minutes its clear that this isnt the same lovable Duncan she once adored from afar. ...more
    Katie
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of those books that you are so very delighted to read and so very sad to be over! And the moment I finished the last word, instantly wanted to start all over again!

    Honestly, Katherines books bring me so much joy and laughter! They are a gift to read and I devour them while blocking out the real world, because her fictional worlds are just to good! Her books lift me up and make me want to live more fully.

    There was so much to love about this book! Duncan captured my heart in Happiness
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    Patricia Romero
    Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Remember Things You Lose in a Fire last year? Well, Katherine Center is back and has once again knocked it out of the park.

    There are many people who can tell a story well. There are not many people who can tell a story so well you feel as if you know the characters personally and are rooting for them all. One thing I love about her stories is they are everyday people living lives full of problems, insecurities, losses, and joy. You will cry, you will laugh and you will come away having learned
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    Jg
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Do you know how when you especially love a book you want to read really fast to find out what happens next, or even skip ahead a few pages, but at the same time you want to put the book down so you can savor and slowly reread the authors words? This is such a book.
    This story is unique, and so well written, full of wonderful three dimensional, fully realized characters Id actually like to know, and after finishing the book Im still invested in their lives and what comes next for them.
    Sam is a
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    Laurie
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Read this story! "Do something joyful."
    You will adore this little school, the butterflies, the teachers, and the children.
    This is the setting of this book from Galveston,Texas.
    The only ones that you may not be sure about are Duncan and Kent Buckley.
    Well... I still despise Kent Buckley but I fell in love with Duncan!
    Duncan is the new principal and he needs this school, the love and friendship of his staff.
    Will he remember the librarian who once worked with him at another school? Sam sure
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    Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas ...more

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