What You Wish For

What You Wish For

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by Fern Michaels
     
 

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What You Wish For is Fern Michaels' most compelling and emotionally authentic novel: one that pulls us right into the lives of her characters, letting us love, struggle, and triumph with them every moment of the way.

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What You Wish For is Fern Michaels' most compelling and emotionally authentic novel: one that pulls us right into the lives of her characters, letting us love, struggle, and triumph with them every moment of the way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bestselling romantic suspense writer Michaels delivers another gripping plot, though it's easy to detect predictable dramatic devices in the story of Helen Ward, a physically abused wife who finally stands up for herself and sets off for a better life. While beating Helen one night, her husband Daniel finally pushes her too far when he kicks her beloved dog, Lucie. Helen retaliates by bashing him with a fireplace poker. Fleeing their house in a California suburb, Helen finds refuge in a veterinary hospital, where she meets Dr. Gerald Davis, who immediately recognizes that Helen needs help as much as Lucie does. He calls local heiress and animal lover Isabel Tyger, who places Helen in a top-secret women's shelter. Much like a participant in the Federal Witness Protection Program, Helen assumes an alias and relocates to New Jersey. Now called Nancy Baker, Helen thrives in her new identity. She establishes an Internet lingerie shop, attends night school and falls for a handsome neighbor and fellow dog-lover, Sam Tolliver. As their relationship grows, Nancy longs to tell Sam the truth about her past, defying the first rule of the program. When her online connection to Tyger's program is interrupted, Nancy suspects her vengeful husband has finally found her. She is further depressed to learn she has been legally declared dead, thus making divorce impossible. Returning to California suggests all kinds of dangers, but Helen/ Nancy refuses to be a victim this time. Michaels (Celebration) builds up enough tension to fuel this contemporary novel, but an O.J. Simpson-style car chase gives way to a disappointingly quick climax. Fans will fill up on Michaels's direct prose in one sitting, while others may find it only a light snack. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
For Helen Stanley, survival means escaping from an abusive husband and creating a new life for herself. She joins an organization that protects abused women but at a cost; she is declared dead, given a new identity, and moved across the United States. She starts her own business, a Victoria's Secret knock-off, and attracts the attention of a loving man, Sam Tolliver. Meanwhile, ex-husband Daniel's fortunes spiral downward. Having lost his job, he blames his misfortunes on his wife's desertion and stalks Helen, bent on a murderous revenge. Fortunately, Helen is rescued by her new beau. Despite the predictable ending, readers will admire Helen's determination to remake her life in a positive direction, meeting each challenge as it comes. Says Helen, "It doesn't matter where you've been. What matters is where you're going and how you get there." Recommended for public libraries and for the many fans of Michaels's previous works (e.g., Celebration).--Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Internet Book Watch
Helen Wood seems to have it all. She owns an exquisite home, beautiful clothing, and tasteful furniture. In reality, Helen lives the life of horror, a long time victim of spousal abuse. Her injuries have been so numerous, Helen wonders when he will kill her. Helen's sole companion and friend is her Yorkshire Terrier Lucie. This time her husband Daniel goes too far, hurting Lucie. Helen fights back by knocking him out with a poker. Grabbing Lucie, she flees to a vet to obtain care for her injured canine's leg. The vet calls wealthy Isabel Tyger who runs shelters and an underground railroad for battered women. Taking one look at Helen and Lucie, Isabel knows. She places the Californian and her dog in New Jersey where they meet Sam. Sam and Helen fall in love, but she knows the dangerous Daniel still searches to find her to enact a most brutal punishment for what he regards as her betrayal. Spousal abuse is rarely the centerpiece of a romance novel as it is considered to harsh of a topic. However, the adept Fern Michaels succeeds in showcasing the horrors of abuse without preaching pat solutions to a complex problem. Helen is not only ashamed of taking the BS, but so humiliated that she struggles with the concept of happiness. That is part of Ms. Michaels' message: abuse is more than physical, it is mental and emotional hitting the entire community. What You Wish For is a deep and complex contemporary tale that combines an in-depth look at a troubling social issue with a bit of romance to takes some of the edge off it. Only the incomparable Ms. Michaels could make that combo work.
—Internet Book Watch
Kirkus Reviews
A battered woman begins a new life—until her psychopathic husband catches up with her.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568951881
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Large Print Bks.
Edition description:
Large Print
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a biography this way: A biography is the written history of a person's life. Fern Michaels isn't a person. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I was born because according to him I was 'a dinky little thing' weighing in at four and a half pounds. However, I answer to Fern since people are more comfortable with a name they can pronounce.

I've been telling stories and scribbling for twenty-five years. I hope I can continue for another twenty-five years. It wasn't easy during some of those years. As I said, I had to persevere. My old Polish grandmother said something to me when I was little that I never forgot. She said when God is good to you, you have to give back. For a while I didn't know how to do that. When I finally figured it out I set up The Fern Michaels Foundation. The foundation allows me to grant four year scholarships to needy, deserving students. I then went a step further and opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are having a hard time of it. Doing Fern Michaels allows me to do this and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for being so good to me. I don't know what I'm the most proud of, the books I write, the scholarships, the pre-schools or the fact that I put my kids through college on my own with no help from anyone. Probably the latter because when all else is said and done, the only thing that matters is family.

Is Fern Michaels a great writer. No. She is however, one hell of a story teller. When people ask me what I do, I say, "I scribble and tell stories." It's a great way to make a living. The Dutch have a saying, 'If you can't whistle on your way to work, you don't belong in that job.' I whistle all day long.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Summerville, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Hastings, Pennsylvania
Education:
High School

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What You Wish For 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story about domestic violence with a storybook happy ending.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Helen Wood seems to have it all. She owns an exquisite home, beautiful clothing, and tasteful furniture. In reality, Helen lives the life of horror, a long time victim of spousal abuse. Her injuries have been so numerous, Helen wonders when he will kill her. Helen¿s sole companion and friend is her Yorkshire Terrier Lucie. This time her husband Daniel goes too far, hurting Lucie. Helen fights back by knocking him out with a poker. Grabbing Lucie, she flees to a vet to obtain care for her injured canine¿s leg.

The vet calls wealthy Isabel Tyger who runs shelters and an underground railroad for battered women. Taking one look at Helen and Lucie, Isabel knows. She places the Californian and her dog in New Jersey where they meet Sam. Sam and Helen fall in love, but she knows the dangerous Daniel still searches to find her to enact a most brutal punishment for what he regards as her betrayal.

Spousal abuse is rarely the centerpiece of a romance novel as it is considered to harsh of a topic. However, the adept Fern Michaels succeeds in showcasing the horrors of abuse without preaching pat solutions to a complex problem. Helen is not only ashamed of taking the BS, but so humiliated that she struggles with the concept of happiness. That is part of Ms. Michaels¿ message: abuse is more than physical, it is mental and emotional hitting the entire community. WHAT YOU WISH FOR is a deep and complex contemporary tale that combines an in-depth look at a troubling social issue with a bit of romance to takes some of the edge off it. Only the incomparable Ms. Michaels could make that combo work.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good book fast paced. A page turner for sure. Wished it would have had a different ending.302 pages in all. Would recommend it for all to read.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
What you Wish For .... This is the first book I have read by Fern. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I have already ordered some of her books - don't know how I missed this author before. She's great and keeps you turning the pages - that's for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book years ago. Loved it!!
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This book will grab you from the start and keep you on the edge of your seat to figure out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy reading. Fern Michaels always gets you involved right away. Liked it!
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a very long time since I have read a book that really made me feel so many different emotions. I really related to the characters.This book made me think,and it made me feel,and it reminded me that this is the very reason I love to read so much.I can't wait to read more of Fern Michaels. I recommend this book strongly to anyone who is looking to read a book that will actually make you feel sad...because it's over!!. It left me wanting to keep reading more and more about the characters. Hey Fern...any chance you'd write a sequel??.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fern Michaels is a terrific author, in this book she makes you feel like your going through this with Helen. It is a book that you will not want to put down or for it to end. Everyone should read this. Thanks Fern...
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
What You Wish For by Fern Michaels This book starts out with Helan and she's married to Daniel. Everything is perfect in their life if you consider him beating her everytime he wants her to do something. She finally has had enough when he tosses the dog and she's a breath away from being dead. She is able to defend herself and runs into the street where a passerby takes her to the local vet. He takes her in, cares for the dog and gets a woman to take care of her injuries. She moves them into a woman's shelter and trains her how to take care of herself as she heals. When she is through with the program they relocate her and with her studies and volunteer time she takes on a job and gets on with her life. She meets with an online counselor at nights and Boots knows she is on her way to recovery. Her job is to keep the husband away from her. Her new business takes off and she meets a man who also has a dog and the dogs take up with one another. The story is terrifying as we learn of what Helen has gone through and what she has to endure, along with others. She tells her sponsors of her love life and she breaks away from them and she knows her husband is on her trail so she leaves with the dogs to head back to CA where it all started. Love how the story plays out... Love the strong things Helen does along with the travel. Very few characters and they are easy to keep track of. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Fren Michaels books they are so like life and she sees into the sole of the people she writes about. This book is really a thought worthy reading. I give it 5 stars