Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Wish.’

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There’s only one more day of 2021, and I know so many of us are ready for a fresh start. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure how much blogging I was going to do in these last few days, but I have stuff to share, so why not?

When I look back at so many of the books I’ve read this year, unfortunately, there’s a lot that didn’t really grab me and pull me in, and granted, that is probably partly my issue because I had trouble focusing in a lot of areas of my life.

So, when I was looking for some “holiday-ish” books to read during this last week of the year, I saw this one and I wasn’t so sure.

You see, I used to read ALL of Nicholas Sparks’ books… but when he got divorced in 2015, the first book he published after the divorce was not the Nicholas Sparks I knew and loved. So, I gave him up!

But, this book — “The Wish” sounded like the old Nikki. So, I checked it out from the library and I pretty much read it in a single sitting. It is SO GOOD!

It had a “28 Summers” feel, and I loved that book. It had a bittersweet plot and was a tiny bit predictable, but you know what? That’s just the kind of thing I need during the last week of the year.

Generally speaking, this book follows Maggie, a popular photographer who owns a gallery in New York City where she sells her prints. She’s dying of cancer, and while some of her content has become a bit famous because of that, she’s cautious of the company she keeps.

But, as her days are coming to an end, she starts looking back on her life, and remembers a relationship one summer that changed it forever.

There is a holiday twist to this book, but of course, you could read it any time.

If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, what books of his do you like the most?

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