What You Wish For
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 ...more
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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
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I highly recommend this 5 star read. You won't be able to put it down.
The Mary Reader received this book from ...more
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 ...more
Thank you to St Martin's Press via NetGalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more