Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery, #1) [NOOK Book]

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The first book of the USA Today Bestselling series!

"Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone’s best intentions can box you in." --Everybody Needs a Little Romance

"This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know ...

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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery, #1)

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Overview

The first book of the USA Today Bestselling series!

"Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone’s best intentions can box you in." --Everybody Needs a Little Romance

"This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome." --Just Jump Book Reviews

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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.
 

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940151687669
  • Publisher: Denise Grover Swank
  • Publication date: 12/6/2014
  • Series: Rose Gardner Mystery
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,781
  • File size: 3 MB

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    VERY highly Recommended!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book! I could not get enough of it! I never wanted it to end, and I can't wait for more Rose adventures!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    A fun read!!

    I love this book and I love the main character. Rose is fun, real and I was rooting for her the whole way. Look foward to more from this author and more of Rose!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

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    Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

    This book is such a delightful story and it is truly full of Southern charm and humor! I loved reading of Rose's transformation from a timid and beat-down girl into a beautiful and confident young woman, no longer afraid to stand up for herself and no longer willing to stand on the sidelines and watch her life pass her by. She is a character that you cannot help but root for. Also, you cannot help but root for her and Joe's developing relationship- while she may not have been your typical damsel in distress he was very much so a knight in shining armor, doing everything in his power to keep her safe (even if it was something as simple as changing her lock) and putting her safety before his own. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Denise is such an amazing author and I am so happy to have happened across her!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

    Rose is by far one of the most interesting characters I have read of in quite some time. I love that she didn't let herself be dragged down by her history, as many characters would had they been in her position, she always had such a positive outlook on life. Also, she is the sort of character you cannot help but root for and want to befriend in the hopes that some of her positivity will rub off on you. Furthermore, I very much appreciated that Denise was able to give us Rose's history in little bit and pieces (from all sorts of characters, like her sister, aunt, etc.) as opposed to more large information dump- it just made the book flow so much more naturally and made everything seem so much more real.

    It becomes evident as you read the book that Denise doesn't dilly-dally in her writing, that she writes everything with a purpose, which, too, makes the book flow all the more naturally and makes it a literal page-turner- keeping you engaged (and on the edge of your seat) the entire time while reading it.

    However, I must admit that the ending did throw me off a bit. I just felt that so much happened in the last bit of the book that I had a hard time keeping track of everything. When I thought the storyline was going in one direction it would go in the complete opposite therefore resulting in me having to reread a bit of the end (but this could have totally been my fault since I literally read this book in one sitting and therefore was most likely tired/ past the point of comprehension by the time I came to the end).

    All in all, I highly recommend this book to those looking for a funnier read, albeit a funnier read with quite a bit of action. I cannot tell you how many times I burst out in laughter while reading this book. Also, I challenge you to not start talking in a Southern accent after finishing this book, with all of the characters constantly dropping their "g's" and saying things like "crappy doodles".

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Fabulous book!

    It's true. I could NOT put this book down. I was hooked from the moment that I opened the book. Rose is hysterical, witty and a woman that I wouldn't mind being.

    It starts with Rose working at her every day job working @ the DMV when a man approaches her counter. She has a vision of herself dead on her sofa (well, her mama's sofa due to her living with her mama) and this man that walked up to her counter holds the key to her vision.

    Her mama is not an easy woman to live with and has pretty much ran Rose's life forever. When her mama winds up the one dead (don't worry, I didn't spoil anything! this is found on the back cover) Rose has to figure out how to live her life how she wants without her mama ruling her life.

    This book is filled with suspense, love, a hilarious accent that you'll find yourself reading in, and a page turner that will stay by your side until you've finished it. Denise Grover Swank will not disappoint you in her first Rose Gardner mystery. I am anxiously awaiting the second novel!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    I laughed a lot, I was suprised to find myself crying, i couldn'

    I laughed a lot, I was suprised to find myself crying, i couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Completely nuts

    Rose is one in a million!!! Muffy is a keeper too!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Rose has had a tough life, what with having visions pretty regul

    Rose has had a tough life, what with having visions pretty regularly and being called a demon child by her mother. So when she sees a vision of herself dead, she stands up to her mother for the first time, has a day in the park to herself, and makes a bucket list of 28+ things she wants to do before she dies.

    Unfortunately, when she gets home, her mother has been murdered, and the police suspect her. Now she has to figure out who killed her mother and if they are coming back for her. Good thing there's a hunky next-door neighbor to help keep her safe and fulfill some of those wishes. (#15 in particular)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Great book.

    I have found a new arthor. It is funny & grabs your attention. I can't wait to read what happens next

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    This was a fast paced read but a little to many farfetched situa

    This was a fast paced read but a little to many farfetched situations.  It was okay, can’t make up my mind whether to read the rest of the books in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Fun read with a nice little mystery

    Interesting characters and setting. It was a bit slow in some parts. The whole series would make a great movie for cable. Would recommend for a rainy day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2015

    Fun Read

    I don't usually review books after I read them, but this was one I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are interesting and witty. The story kept me turning pages. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Great

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Very Funny!

    I really enjoyed this book. Rose, the heroine, is a bit clueless, but in a loveable fun way. Her situation makes you understand her and feel for her. However, she does do some dumb things. Overall, I think this was a great start to a new series and look forward to reading some more of these mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2015

    Awesome!

    Really loved this book! I can't wait to find the following books so I can continue to live through these characters! It was fun to read and to be surprised more than once during my reading of it! Definitely recommend!

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  • Posted April 24, 2015

    I loved reading "Twenty-Eight & A Half Wishes", De

    I loved reading "Twenty-Eight & A Half Wishes", Denise Grover Swank's first book in her Rose
    Gardner mystery series. It was such a fun book to devour, and devour it I did. I don't think I put it
    down until it was finished. The good thing is that it's a really quick read so you can actually
    immerse yourself in the title for the whole day and finish it in one sitting if you start in the morning.
     I love being able to do that with books, although it's a rare treat these days.

    I used to read a book all the way through when I was in University. On especially stressful weeks,
     when everything was falling on my shoulders, I'd eek out a complete day and go buy a pulp fast
    read, go down to the basement of the student union and sit for hours, just reading. It so much let
    the stress roll off my shoulders and made life good again. I found this book just like that kind of
    medicine. It's fun, easy, fluffy, interesting and just plain cute with a mystery thrown in for good
    measure.

    "Twenty-Eight & A Half Wishes" is about a woman in her mid-twenties who hasn't experienced
    anything in life. She's been under her mean and demanding mother's thumb for her whole
    existence. One day Rose, who is usually compliant, sweet and submissive stands up to her
    mother's unreasonable demands one afternoon and walks out to get some air. In the park she
    goes to so she can clear her head, she writes a list on the back of a Walmart receipt, all the
    things she'd like to do. Rose wants to start experiencing life and shed her naive and sheltered
    existence. She does not, however, expect to  get back home that evening and find her abusive
    mother dead on the sofa. That's a little more extreme than Rose wanted, she just thought she'd
    be a little more vocal and not be such a doormat. But the whole town and the local constabulary
    think Rose must have "lost it" and beaten her mother to death with the bloody rolling pin found
    beside the body. Now Rose has to prove her own innocence and battle all the dirty looks from
    the townspeople. It's gonna be an uphill battle.

    This book is a solid four of five stars. As I said, I loved it but I know some will find Rose's naïvety
    difficult to swallow. Here's the thing, just suspend disbelief and enjoy. I know of people who really
    do not live life and never try anything because they're cowed by mean relatives so I didn't find
    this unbelievable at all. If you have trouble believing in Rose's inexperience, just go with it and
    you'll love this fun, easy read. The best news is that Denise Grover Swank has written six more
    books in this series! So, now you can plan to read one of these gems a week throughout the
    summer and I'd suggest reading them as you lounge on a blanket in the sun with an umbrella
    drink close by. Enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2015

    Funny and sweet. Great book!

    Funny and sweet. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Great story

    I greatly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    28 1/2

    Clever and well written

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  • Posted February 14, 2015

    Great Read! This has a very good story line and is fast paced.

    Great Read!
    This has a very good story line and is fast paced. The main character, Rose, is witty and on a few occasions had me laughing out loud. Once again, Denise Grover Swank delivers

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