I enjoyed Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street so much that I talked it up, and our library's book club discussed it. The next two books in the Blossom Street series let me down. Nice stories, but nothing great. With Twenty Wishes Debbie Macomber may have written the best in her series. Pull out the tissues, and prepare for happy endings with tears.
At 38, Anne Marie Roche is a widow, and the owner of Blossom Street Books in Seattle. Despite some marital problems, she and her husband had reunited before his death, and a year later she still feels desolate. She looks to the other shop owners on Blossom Street, along with three widows in her book group, for friendship.
Valentine's Day hits Anne Marie and the other widows hard. At a small party at the bookstore, Anne Marie's idea of a list of twenty wishes inspires the other women. They all want someone to love again, and that will be on their list, along with nineteen other ideas, some whimsical and some realistic. Even with the lists in hand, it isn't easy to find love, and recover from loss.
Debbie Macomber writes warm books of friendship and love. The right ones bring tears, because they move the reader. For me, Twenty Wishes is one of those books, satisfying when finished. My first wish? That you find a good book that moves you. Twenty Wishes might be it.
Debbie Macomber's website is www.debbiemacomber.com
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Mira, ©2008. ISBN 9780778325505 (hardcover), 360p.