Book Review: The Wish by Nicholas Sparks #TheWish #BookReview #NicholasSparks

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

Blurb:

1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

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This Week’s Reads… #ThisWeeksReads #AmReading #TheWish #TheScoutOfWoundedKnee

Just a quick update on what I’m reading this week…

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

Here’s a book I started over the pandemic but had to put down. It deals with a very sick person dying of cancer, and it was just too much for me at the time. I’m reading the physical and using the audiobook on and off. It’s on the weekends that I usually enjoy audiobooks during chores. So far the audio has been exceptional, but I always prefer the physical book. The story alternates between present day and past seamlessly. So far I’ve loved it, and I’m about half way through. Review coming up this week!

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Book Review: Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover #RemindersOfHim #ColleenHoover #Fiction #BookReview

Reminders of Him

By: Colleen Hoover

My review:
Just when I thought that Colleen Hoover might not be an author for me, she captured my heart with Reminders of Him. This story was a tear-jerker for me.

Kenna is a young mother who’s struggling to get back on her feet after a tragic accident. Five years in prison, the loss of her baby daughter, and without much support—she’s practically broken. She’s barely forgiven herself and can only hope that the people from her past will forgive her for the wrongs she’s committed. Kenna finds it nearly impossible to move on and wonders if she can ever love again. What happened that night of the accident? Why did she have such a lack of regard for the others involved? Was it a mistake? 

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Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover #ItEndsWithUs #ColleenHoover #BookReview #Fiction

It Ends with Us

by: Colleen Hoover

My Review:

The story begins with Lily, a young college graduate who’s just moved to Boston. She’s excited to begin her life, but her father has just passed away, and she’s dealing with some rough emotions. One evening, she meets a man named Ryle on a rooftop. Lily is drawn to him right away, and they quickly fall for one another. Once they get involved in a relationship, Lily realizes that Ryle has some issues from his past, and by now, she’s deeply involved with him. Lily is all too familiar with some of Ryle’s behaviors because she too has an ugly past. 

I’m just going to start by saying that I’m glad I was able to get past the first part of this book. There were issues with the characters from the get-go. I didn’t like any of them, especially Ryle. There were red flags with his character from the beginning. He’s too straightforward and aggressive, and because of this, I was not feeling the emotion or romance in the story. The love they were supposed to have was unconvincing to me. As the story moved on, it seemed odd that some of the characters made it seem like Ryle’s past was a validation for his behavior. Bad decisions were made one after another. Perhaps my biggest problem with the story was the end, which was way too ‘happy’ and came to a close without much explanation. 

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