An Unexpected Wish

An Unexpected Wish

by Eileen Richards

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Anne Townsend doesn’t ask for much. Plain and poor, she’d settle for the funds to put food on the table. Making a wish on the fabled Fairy Steps is hardly a solid solution, but to see her two sisters taken care of, Anne’s willing to try anything. Yet when she finds herself suddenly surrounded with suitors, romance is now a possibility for the spinster everyone always ignored—except with the one man who will never want her…     
Nathaniel Matthews has no time for courting. As the eldest, he has his family’s lost fortune to rebuild, and his reckless brother to manage before he gambles his future away. Odd that Nathaniel can think of little but kissing bright-eyed Anne, who seems to be fighting off admirers from all sides. Is it the country air, or is Nathaniel ready to discover that love has a magic all its own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601834430
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: A Lady's Wish , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 266,627
File size: 419 KB

About the Author

Eileen Richards’ stories are filled with what she loves: snarky humor, love, laughter, and lots of village gossip.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband, a greyhound named Honey, and a bunch of exotic fish. Eileen has two grown sons, a fabulous daughter‑in‑law, and the most beautiful granddaughter. Of course, she is a bit biased.
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An Unexpected Wish 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A free book and gladly so. Way to much redundancy throughout entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet story with a bit of mystery, as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the twist 3/4 of the way in. I loved the writing style, very descriptive. I was up way too late each evening, falling asleep with my Nook in hand. I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairy tale plot that was captivating. Loved Anne and Nathaniel. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has fun, drama and romance. I'm starting the second one now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great feel good little romance thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a cliffhanger. It is a romance set in England where a young maiden, quiet and demure, believed in fairies. Her wish was to have someone fall in love with her. Nathaniel saw a woman who had character. She made him believe in her. Now if he could get her to bel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a great plot with lots of twists and turns. This was a chaste romance until the end. Honestly could have done without sex pages, as it was totally not necessary and lowered my rating for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story hits all the right notes with believable characters and situations, with quite a few surprises thrown in. We care service much about all the main characters that we frown when one of them is injured and then the author wavers between them hurting and being oblivious. BRAVO!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good enough story that I wanted to finish reading. Thought process of charactors didn't flow well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a touch of fairy magic, but not too much for an unbeliever like me. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationships of all the characters and the introspective self worth of the main character.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line is fun and engaging, but there is an unfortunate mix of period and modern idioms, even in the characters' dialog. Add to that the unnecessary smut and I give it two stars. I also found the development of several of the characters to be a bit unbelievable. That Anne, who is dedicated to carring for her siblings to a fault, would engage in such risky behavior without much conflict I can almost accept; but I have a hard time believing that a man like Nathaniel, who has apparently used women for his own pleasure many times before, would suddenly be able to "pleasure" a woman without gratifying himself, to be unbelievable. There is also the matter of conceited, selfish Sophia suddenly becoming mature and understanding. I have nothing against an intimate scene, but I don't want to read multiple,very detailed accounts of sexual encounters any more than I want to watch them on screen. If that's your thing, enjoy, but I find it detracts from the story.
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AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
A delightful tale full of sentiment and humor. Just a smidgeon of intrigue to spice things up with a hint of magic to round things out and Richards brings us a historical romance perfect for a blustery fall day anda warm cup of tea. With two main characters equally stubborn, we see how love can change how a person sees another; we also see how a deep rooted insecurity ccan lead to a fear that will blind even the most courageous. We meet a hero who only comes to understand that vulnerability through repeated rejections and a heroine who only faces her deepest fear when the shield she's hidden behind is taken away. A supportive cast filled with strong characters both lovable and horrible makes this a story that grabs you and never lets go. I don't normally read other reviews before posting but one stuck out at me and I did read what the person had to say about Anne clinging to her fairy wish. I don't believe the reader was able to get past that and see the depth in the story. Her clinging to her fairy wish was merely her way of hiding behind it instead of facing her true fear...which stemmed from a low self-esteem and a deep-rooted fear of abandonment brought on by the events in her upbringing. The depth of the characters and their development and the realism of their fears is actually one of the things I liked most about this story
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
After her father dies and her brother abandons them, Anne must find a way to take care of herself and her sisters. She becomes the companion of Lady Danford and when making a wish on the Fairy steps, she never dreams it might actually come true. This is a wonderful historical romance. Entertaining characters, plenty of drama and a bit emotional with a sweet romance. I enjoyed it.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story that opens with the heroine wishing on fairy steps that she find a rich husband who would marry her for love. Anne is the oldest sister and is responsible for 3 younger sisters. The middle sister is beautiful, but spoiled and the youngest sister is normal. When Anne's father dies, her half brother refuses to help Anne financially and she is forced to live in the country and work as a companion to an retired lady. Their remaining money is about to run out, thus precipitating the wish and suddenly Anne's employers grandson return home from London. Nathaniel is smitten by Anne, and she returns his affection, but doubts the feelings because of the wish. The story is complicated by family history, missing jewelry, and mistrust of feelings based on the wish. The characters are well written, but unappealing and overall I didn't really connect with the book. I have read other novels from this author and enjoyed them. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Anne put her family first and struggled with self doubt and feelings of inferiority. I loved her strength as she tried to protect her sisters from the harsh realities of their lives and keep a roof over their heads. Nathaniel's world was turned upside down by Anne, yet he took it in stride. Even before he admitted what was in his heart, he knew there was something between them. Together, they overcame adversity and foolish beliefs. I will be waiting for the next book in this series as I came to care for the characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The theme was a bit too repetitive, pushing towards boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book with a little mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely romance in the classic tradition of romances the world over.