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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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Close to home

Being a Foster Mom that adopted our son. This book hit home.. All the books I have read/listened to this is my favorite of Blossom Street.. Thank you..

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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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Hope for Widows

Recently widowed this was a nice read. Nice, wholesome, and just an easy listen. I have re-listened to this book many times over and the fact that I rarely re-listen to a book even once, purposely, should let you know how much I enjoyed it. Thank you Debbie.

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Life changing book!!!

Absolutely love this book...I actually making my own list of 20 wishes too!! This book will change your life. I will read it again and again...

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Wonderful.

Another great book, by Debbie Macomber. I just love her books and this one was terrific! It was beautifully read as well.

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Greatly enjoyed!

Greatly enjoyed Twenty Wishes! Couldn't stop listening. Eager for next in series. Loved it

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Good ideas. Product saccharine.

Lovely ideas with much potential and the characters had distinct identities. Unfortunately the narration was so-darned sweet that it was unbearable

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Life has up and down.

You never know what life has waiting. Just by having lunch with this girl would end up being her mother.

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Narrator and Story are Top Notch!

Highly skilled narrator. She maintains a comfortable, believable tone while easily distinguishing each character's voice. The story slides perfectly between each of the women's lives. Very easy to follow and has interesting twists.

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awful narration

The narration was woeful, sounded robotic at points and shrill at others. The story was a lovely premise but it just felt like a badly scripted made for TV CH5 movie