Saving Wishes [NOOK Book]

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*** Au & NZ iBooks Best of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year ***
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few ...

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Saving Wishes

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Overview

*** Au & NZ iBooks Best of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year ***
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.
When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.
Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn't quite fit the life she's living, and the boy who helps her realise why.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044528925
  • Publisher: GJ Walker-Smith
  • Publication date: 5/10/2013
  • Series: Wishes Series, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,382
  • File size: 348 KB

Meet the Author

Wife, mother, writer, wanderer.
Lives near the beach in Western Australia.
Author of YA novels The Wishes Series.
Saving Wishes (book 1) iBooks Best Of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year AU & NZ.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    I loved the story line because it tells the story of an almost b

    I loved the story line because it tells the story of an almost broken girl and a boy who tries to get her to see her for who she is. I felt that the setting helped explained some of the characters and their actions, thought, and feelings. I loved how the author set up the book and felt that the author did a pretty good job in introducing all the twisting and turning that went on in the book. In some parts of the book I felt that I was disconnected with the characters, but that was one of the only problems.

    Charli Blake was an interesting character to say the least. Her reactions and decisions continued to surprise me and I liked that about her character. The author wrote her with a strong personality that anyone can connect with and appreciate. I liked that she didn’t always make the right choices and wasn’t the perfect lead character that always did things right.

    Adam was an character that really changed Charli’s opinions.  I liked how his presence affected Charli and how she responded to him and the many situations they were put in. I felt that sometimes Charli wanted to go way to fast for a guy she just met, but luckily Adam managed to slow her down most of the time. 

    Overall the book was a pretty good read and I look forward to the next book in the series. I will be reading more books by this author and publisher in the nearby future.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Amazinng!

    I have not quite finished the book but so far it has been amazing. The author put so much deepth in Charlie and the other characters. There are so many twists and turns- I almost cried and I never cry-. It was an amazing book worth $7-10 but its free which just made it that much better!! Great book, must read.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Slow to get into

    Once i got into the book and learn the characters i had trouble putting it down. I read book 2 and ordered book 3. Easy reading , no fowl language, and the love scenes were just that , not obscene. Just the type of story i like to read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Charlotte Elisabeth Blake is a 17 year girl who lives with her b

    Charlotte Elisabeth Blake is a 17 year girl who lives with her brother Alex Blake in Piper's cove, Tasmania, a small village in Australia. She is the kind of girl every mother warns you about. She always lives in La La Land. She and her best friend Nicole plan to spend their long-term dream for ten years by travelling the best places around the world. So they try to save as much as they could for their luxurious travel since this year will be the end of their school life.


    Then Adam comes into picture, her French teacher's cousin. The world changes around her when he enters her life, to be precise, enters her world. He is a 21 year old guy who is flawless and perfect in all the ways. There is no reason for a golden boy like him to love a trouble maker like Charlie. He could get any girl he wants as he is also filthy rich .But blame it on the destiny. They fall madly in love.


    If not for Adam I would have given up reading the novel. According to me, he was the only sane character in the novel. I had my doubts on Gabrielle after her love life with Charli's brother Alex was let loose. I wasn't able to like Charlie's father either (*Spoiler Alert*her 34 year old brother was her biological father)because no father would say their daughters a big trouble in front of other people. And also not interfere and shatter their love life into pieces, if the person they fell in love with is not only a good one but a god sent. May be I think her young father was having trouble with a fact that she might not need him after she has him. But that was really a selfish thing to do when he has his lover Gabrielle.


    So I am against supporting all the characters in the novel except Gabrielle and Adam at the end of this series. For me, it was a love-hate relationship with the main character, Charli. She is not a puppet. She is going to be eighteen and she can make her own decision. I know her life was a mess, but now what she is doing is making more mistakes than before.


    Overall, I love Adam for his kindness and unconditional love he offered to charli, Gabrielle for her peace making and Alex for being trustworthy. And now goes my haters list, Nicole(You'll hate her at the end) , the beautifuls , Ethan, Mitchell and also Charli. After hating Charli, I still am eagerly waiting for the second series of this novel only because of Adam.Does he still love Charli?I can find out only after reading the next series.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

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    Fantastic and well written book. It goes beyond a typical romance novel in the depth and richness of the storyline

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Saving wishes

    So love readind this book!! Beautifuly written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Excellent.

    I can honestly say not much thrills me in reading these days. The stories all seem the same after reading so many of the same type of book. This series however, was quite different. There are literary errors of course, and not everything was a shocking surprise, but it was whimsical, fun, and the characters were well structured. I don't think I've enjoyed a character as much as I did Charli in quite some time. Very glad I took the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    What a pleasant surprise! I was not expecting to enjoy Saving Wi

    What a pleasant surprise! I was not expecting to enjoy Saving Wishes as much as I did. This contemporary romance will slowly creep up on you, when you least expect it. 
    Charli, short for Charlotte, lives in the small town that never seems to have enough to offer her. She has plans to travel after she turns eighteen, and release her only guardian -- her brother – of her extra weight. 
    She however meets with Adam and doesn’t know how to react, when he is being so persistent in getting to know her. Charli loves to run away – she is known to cause trouble. But what happens when this very attractive French-American insists in getting her to open up? How is she to handle him without screwing everything up?
    Saving Wishes takes on real-life excesses. Touching points on black humor and how horrid rumors can affect someone’s life. Charli is living with a title – one that was created due to a few words being tossed around by some immature-no-compassion teen. It is no wonder she decides to live her life on the edge. Her insecurities are so real, it is inevitable, but to feel sympathy for the things she must have had to endure – that might have caused it. Nobody has to go through that nightmare, it sucks that this is not just a fictional problem, but one that occurs every minute and every second in our daily lives. Charli is a lucky girl though; she has people that will be there to pick her up. Who knows, maybe that boy with the American accent will be one of them …
    Adam is the person everyone wants to have in their life. He charms, naturally. I mean, come on, cute, and can speak French? I say, can someone wrap him up and deliver him to my door, please? The reason most readers are crushing hard on Adam right now, is not because he is good looking – that is just Vanilla Butter-cream frosting on a delicious cupcake. It’s his capacity to see Charli for who she is, that is what makes him so damn alluring. What he sees in her is everything she is beyond the bad-girl exterior and he enjoys being with her, which allows Charli to open up to him. He gives her hope that, perhaps, she is really capable of being important to someone. 
    Enough fantasizing about how wonderful Adam is. The relationship with her brother Alex is waay to beautiful to pass up. He was not only her brother, but her mother and her father. All they had was one another, and I thought it was lovely for G.J. Walker-Smith to no just focus on the romance, but Charli and Alex’s relationship. Usually families are only a minor detail in the books I have read, but here Alex plays a major part in her life’s decision, path, and direction. As member of the same family, the choices they have made in the past and the present, affects one another. Tear-jerker. Be prepared – you’ll be needed a tissue box nearby. 
    Overall smooth plot and spirited characters. Recommend. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    One of the best!!

    I couldn't put this book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    A must read!

    I get what charlie wants, to be carefree. who doesnt? I love this book! If i wasnt planing on going to school i would probably travel to anywere i could go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    Was very nice.

    Am not normally one to like romancy type novels, but i found this one to be bit cute. There is a true plot besifed the romance between Charli and Adam, and Charli's story is really uniqye from other ones. Would recommend. There are even some pretty surprising twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2015

    Saving wishes

    Was really good made me laugh and cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    Fave

    Loved this book it was very heart warming and cute.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    Wow, this writer actually moves me I can't get enough.  I actual

    Wow, this writer actually moves me I can't get enough.  I actually love Charli. I feel a connection with all the characters.  My  recommendations  would be give this a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    I really liked this series

    I really liked this series. A lot of things I didn't see coming... and I enjoyed the light moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    best book ever you will love it,once you start you wont want to

    best book ever
    you will love it,once you start you wont want to stop to read and read all the books
    its such a good book its a love story bout Adam and Charlotte they fell in love but they had a lot of troubles

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    Amazing!!! I'm so glad I found this book! I couldn't down! I enj

    Amazing!!!
    I'm so glad I found this book! I couldn't down! I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. I loved Adam and Charli's relationship, they are perfect together. I loved how detailed GJ was, creating images in my head while I read this book! This was the first series I've ever pre-ordered after the third book. I love reading books like this! I will definitely be a life-long fan! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Amazing!!! I'm so glad I found this book! I couldn't down! I enj

    Amazing!!!
    I'm so glad I found this book! I couldn't down! I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. I loved Adam and Charli's relationship, they are perfect together. I loved how detailed GJ was, creating images in my head while I read this book! This was the first series I've ever pre-ordered after the third book. I love reading books like this! I will definitely be a life-long fan! 

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

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    I absolutely love Charli!! This girl is a dreamer and she has th

    I absolutely love Charli!! This girl is a dreamer and she has the best outlook on life. Witty, Spunky and Funny, this seventeen year old is ready to break free and explore the world and find a place she belongs.

    Charli Blake and her best friend, Nicole, having been planning to travel and see the world once they graduate high school. She is so ready to escape and leave behind the small boring town of Piper Cove. Her love of surfing, beaches and photography have them set on places to go that will keep them near the ocean. But when a stranger comes barreling into her life for the first time she starts thinking about deviating from that plan. 

    Adam Décarie is a planner, a realist. He has his future already laid out. A last minute decision to take a chance leads him to Piper Cove to stay with his cousin, Gabrielle. He wasn't expecting fate to have another plan for him. 

    This was a really cute story. GJ Walker-Smith brings such a great story line with a very unique set of characters. Charli is hilarious and I couldn't help but instantly love her. Adam is such a ray of sunshine. He's smart, caring and loveable. I loved the close bond between Charli and her brother, Alex. He adores her and loves her whole heartedly.There are all sorts of colorful characters in this story. 

    I really enjoyed reading this. There were some emotional moments that had me tearing up a bit. The perfect amount of twist that were so unexpected it made it that much more enjoyable. I love a book that totally throws you off. 

    Secrets, lies, betrayals and a whole different world to venture. I was totally engrossed and had to finish in one sitting. I needed to know how it ended. Does Charli and Adam get their HEA? You will immediately want to jump right into the next book. Can't wait to see how this journey ends.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

    Read the whole series, am waiting for the latest to be published

    Read the whole series, am waiting for the latest to be published

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