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
"Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative [are] as welcoming as your favorite easy chair." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
Again Debbie has done it, I love to hear about all of the local areas and the women come alife again.
I love all of the characters in these books and I love finding out what is going on in their lives.
Barbie and Mark kissing in the pool
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This author does great job of developing the characters and their situations but the plot and ending were too predictable.
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