A heartwarming and hopeful story to get us through!
What You Wish For, It’s about conquering our fears and being accepted for we are.
Samantha Casey is the librarian of an elementary school in Galveston, TX. A few years ago, she moved to Galveston to escape an unrequited love. The man she fell for was funny, engaging, lovable but he had chosen another woman. Not that he knew how Samantha felt, so it wasn’t really his fault. Samantha is renting a garage apartment owned by Max and Babette Kempner. Max is the principal of the school she works for. During an anniversary celebration, Max unfortunately dies. The whole school and the community are distraught with grief. Then, they learn a new replacement has been hired. The new principal is none other than Duncan Carpenter. The man Samantha left California for. Samantha is thinking of leaving because there is no way she can see him and not show her feelings but when they finally meet, Duncan is nothing like the man she remembers. Long gone is the happy personality, the vibrant ties, the carefree attitude. He is darkness when he used to be light.
I liked Samantha for the most part. She was hiding a painful personal problem but she was trying to make her life as positive as she could. She went from wearing grey to wearing all the colors she wanted. It was a way to remind herself of joy. Feeling joy. Experiencing joy. Sharing joy. There were moments she came across a little self pitying and childish for me, but overall she redeemed herself and came around for me.
Theresa did a wonderful narration for this story, bringing a light-heartedness and accessibility to the characters that really brought them alive. Much like the plot, I feel like she took some overly childish turns at times but it suited the story.
All in all I found What You Wish For to be a great late summer read to help get ready to snuggle up and get cozy for the fall.