Kimberly’s review of A Secret Wish by Barbara Freethy

A Secret Wish
AUTHOR: Barbara Freethy
PUBLICATION DATE:   12/08/11
ORDER LINKS:  Amazon | B&N

BOOK SYNOPSIS:
Three women, three birthdays and one unforgettable night that will change their lives forever.

One night in San Francisco, three women make a birthday wish believing it can’t possibly come true. Liz is turning thirty. A successful nurse, she has a good career, but no man to share her life. All her friends are married, and she’s alone, still trying to outrun a tragedy from her past. Then she meets a handsome stranger.

Angela, a member of a large, loving Italian family, is facing thirty-five with no baby in the nursery. Eight years of infertility treatments have put a strain on her marriage. Will she have to choose between her husband and having a child? When she is mugged by an unexpected assailant, her life takes a new turn.

Carole, a corporate wife, is staring down forty candles. Having grown up poor, she worked hard to get ahead, but when her kids bail on her birthday, and she discovers her husband with another woman, she realizes that she may have nothing at all. She goes back to where it all began, the mother she left behind, and the man whose heart she once broke.

REVIEW:
This is a novella of about 100 pages that takes place on the birthday of three women who share the special day but are complete strangers. They each make a special wish and this is the story of how those wishes play out.

The interesting thing about this story is everything (except the epilogue) takes place in one 24 hour period for these three ladies and they all even have a chance encounter. They are each celebrating a milestone birthday (30, 35 and 40) and are each in different places in their lives and yet they all have something in common.

This is really a poignant and interesting read. Anyone who is feeling like life is passing them by or not what they expected should read this short story. It makes you feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel and, thankfully, it is not a train. While we have the ideal image of life in our heads it does not always work out that way and yet we find out that perfect is not always what we have but what we need and want. This is an enjoyable short book to have ready to read.

4 Hearts

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