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Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book | [Debbie Macomber]

Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again.

On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of 20 wishes. Anne Marie's list starts with "Find one good thing about life". It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again.

She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined.

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Publisher's Summary

Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At 38, her life's not what she'd expected - she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.

On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of 20 wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did. Anne Marie's list starts with "Find one good thing about life". It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again.

She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined.

As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true - but not necessarily in the way you expect.

©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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"Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative [are] as welcoming as your favorite easy chair." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jane Darwin, Australia 10-27-11
    Jane Darwin, Australia 10-27-11 Member Since 2009

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    "An uplifting, morale boosting book."

    I really enjoyed this gentle, beautifully paced novel -- well, so much so, I went back and listened again.

    What would you write down if you had twenty wishes? It's quite a question and, as the book suggests, not easy to do.

    A group of widows decide to approach life positively and meet regularly to support each other as they devise and follow through their own twenty wishes.

    This book gives heart to both the young and the old -- there's romance, laughter and family love. The characters are vibrant and the details of every day home life are familiar and reassuring. Yes, I'll use the well worn phrase, 'heart warming'.

    I recommend this book as a rewarding listen in itself -- and as always, Tanya Eby Sirois' reading is excellent -- but also could be helpful for anyone who doesn't quite know how to proceed with life -- the main point is that by just taking on new dreams, other life doors were opened.

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    Deloris SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-17-08
    Deloris SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "another great one"

    Again Debbie has done it, I love to hear about all of the local areas and the women come alife again.

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    D. Cornell Northern California 05-22-14
    D. Cornell Northern California 05-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It takes me away"
    What did you love best about Twenty Wishes?

    I love all of the characters in these books and I love finding out what is going on in their lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Barbie and Mark kissing in the pool


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I kept wanting to turn it on at other times, even though I like to limit my listening to only when I am driving in my car alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Debbie Macomber books and characters feel like old friends. They are the perfect summertime book for me. A hammock and an iced tea and one of her books are pretty much a perfect summer scenario for my busy life.

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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 05-26-12
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 05-26-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyable."

    If you have read the previous books in the series then listen to this one. If you are slightly older then read it - probably for those in their 40's onwards. If you are looking for something different than gentle loving relationships and bonds between friends and family, forget it.

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    Patricia Solvang, CA, USA 01-06-09
    Patricia Solvang, CA, USA 01-06-09
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    "Pass if you want substance."

    Pathetic, insipid and silly. High school reading.

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    Shelli Myakka City, FL, United States 11-26-08
    Shelli Myakka City, FL, United States 11-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Ridiculously terrible."

    Terrible. Dumb story, bad recording, an overall stinker! I'm glad I got it on special for $4.95 or I would be really unhappy.

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    08-19-08
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    "Boring and predictable"

    This was a big disappointment! Couldn't even finish it.......very boring and predictable.....wish I had read the other reviews first and saved my money.

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    Donna Marysville, WA, United States 07-29-08
    Donna Marysville, WA, United States 07-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "a get away"

    very nice story - made me even think about what my 20 wishes should be. this is a girls book & yes it may be predictable but a very nice read.

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    Andra Allenton, MI, USA 07-25-08
    Andra Allenton, MI, USA 07-25-08
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    "Delightful"

    What a lovely story. I really enjoyed the uplifting nature of the book. This book was a pleasure to read, and inspires the reader to take their own happiness into thier own hands. I would reccomend this book highly!

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    Karen Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA 06-24-08
    Karen Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA 06-24-08
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    "plot too predictable"

    This author does great job of developing the characters and their situations but the plot and ending were too predictable.

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