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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes | [Denise Grover Swank]

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she's wasted 24 years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: 28 things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number 15 - do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.

©2012 Denise Swank (P)2012 Denise Swank DBA Bramagioia Enterprisees

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    Lady 04-09-13

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    This was such a fun listen. The characters are well-drawn, and crazy. I loved the book. I hope Ms. Grover Swank will write more in this vein. In looking at her Audible listing, it appears that she's writing mainly young adult books. My fingers are crossed for more like this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Camille 01-16-15
    Camille 01-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    Great book to garden while listening! It Has romance, mystery and made me laugh what else could you want. Good story with twists throughout, It kept me entertained and that's the best thing a book can do for me. I hope Audible gets the rest of the series, I'll get the 3 they have so far and look at her other books.

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    "Cute and intriguing "

    I was interested from the beginning. It's a different story line. The characters are believable, and the dialogue charming. I found myself saying a few of the phrases the main character rose uses. I like the concept of the plot, and the narrator is awesome! I love her tone, and inflection when reading. She uses variations in the characters voices successfully. I would listen to this again. I honestly wasn't sure about her neighbor being an antagonist or protagonist!

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    Guylou 09-01-14
    Guylou 09-01-14

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This is one fun and action filled story that would appeal to many of my reader friends.


    What other book might you compare Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes to and why?

    Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart


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

    I wish I had the time to listen to a book in one sitting, but that is not the case.


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    It has been a while since I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. This was a fun light story filled with action and lots of trouble. The main character, Rose, was an unusual damsel in distress. Now that I think about it... she appeared to be needing help, but in fact, she was very resourceful and proved herself to be able to stand on her two feet.

    This is the first book of the series. I am looking forward to get acquainted with the next ones.

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    Stephanie E. O'Neill 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mystery, Drama & Romance All Rolled into One"

    I wasn't sure where this book was going, but I enjoyed getting there. Although it had a little bit of everything, women will likely enjoy it more than men. The narrator was markedly different than most, which is a nice change of pace once you get used to the southern accent. The ending leaves room for interpretation, but I was happy with it. (There's nothing worse than investing in a book only to hate the ending!)

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    Bethany 05-24-15
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    Loved the first Rose Gardener book and will definitely be reading more! It's a fun, easy read.

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    ...one serving of this predictable, one dimensional story is enough for moi!Save your time, and your credits!

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    Lorrie 05-14-15
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    "The accent....is interesting."

    Very intriguing plot. Suspenseful. Interesting. The main character is one that you really feel sorry for and want to cheer her on.

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    Molly2031 01-24-15
    Molly2031 01-24-15
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    "Good story Annoying Voice"

    At first it was hard to get past that annoying voice but it grew on me. I'm southern and it sounded like someone trying to speak with a southern accent. HOWEVER, the story is good. A slow start but good suspense and mystery.

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 02-23-14
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Romantic Suspense with ESP and Southern Setting"

    I'm trying to mention all of the things that might make this book either annoying or attractive to a reader. It's first person, it's more romantic suspense than mystery. There's a twist at the end but it's unnecessary and out of left field.

    The heroine is a beat down southern employee of the DMV in a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business. She also is set aside because she has visions that she immediately blurts out to whoever she is talking to when they occur, making the town (for some odd reason) think she is peculiar. On this date she is trying to process a license renewal when she has a vision of herself dead and passes out.

    She lives with her abusive mother, has a cute neighbor named Joe and finally decides that she is going to escape from her life of not so quiet desperation. So she sits down with a Wal-Mart slip and makes a list of things she wants to do before she dies which is where the title comes from because the list contains 28 items.

    I was enjoying it in a casual way up to about half way through it, knew who one of the villains was because there was no attempt to hide it, and then revelations occurred that just made the whole story less interesting.

    This is another book that I'm glad I bought at the reduced whispersync price. The narrator was good but I lost interest after the revelations, skipped to the Kindle version and skimmed to the end to see it was going to get any better. It doesn't.

    So, if you like first person romantic suspense with some ESP set in the south and are not too demanding about the suspense part then this is worth the reduced price. It just didn't do it for me. I thought the author got sloppy with the revelations that killed some of the interest I had in the characters up to that point.

    This is the first book in a series but I'm not going to be buying any more.

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