Switch a Wish

Switch a Wish

by M.B. Earnheardt


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Chris and Amanda Claridge are that couple. They look happy. They live in a well-kept house, have three little girls and fit squarely into the traditional roles of a husband and wife.

Chris is a handsome college professor, and easily charms most everyone he meets. He loves his job and can’t wait to go to work each day. Amanda is a dedicated mother and caretaker. She tends to the kids and appreciates how important her job is, even if others don’t get it.

Underneath the surface of this functioning family, things are unraveling. Their marital problems are about to split them apart when something magical happens. Chris and Amanda make a bedtime wish that forces them to live the life of the other person.

Chris must pretend to be his wife as he takes on childcare and household chores. Amanda steps out of her heels and into Chris’ shoes to tackle his job as a college professor. The role reversal is a revelation for the couple. Neither one has it as good, or bad, as they expected.

Can Chris and Amanda’s newfound understanding of each other survive when the secrets come out? Or, did a magical wish just cost them their marriage? Will they be able to switch back?

Switch-A-Wish examines the complexity of a stressed relationship through the eyes of partners who are required to live as each other. This unique perspective allows Chris and Amanda a chance to find their way back to the feelings of the love they once shared.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943477050
Publisher: Three Worlds Productions, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

M.B. Earnheardt is the author of Switch-A-Wish (to be released in Fall 2015) and the journalism program director at Youngstown State University in Ohio.
She has published stories for academic and news publications, but Switch-A-Wish is her first work of fiction.
M.B. grew up on a farm in Mahaffey, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication and a Master of Science Degree in Communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D. is from Kent State University.
M.B. teaches media law, news reporting, imaging and design and advises the student newspaper at Youngstown State. She resides in Youngstown with her husband, Adam, and four children, Ella, Katie, Sadie, and Ozzie.

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Switch a Wish 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jmcgowen More than 1 year ago
Wow! Talk about a reality check. This book almost seemed like it was written for my husband and I....well, if we were to swtich bodies for a day. There was so much in this book that we both could relate to that it actually made me laugh and cringe at the same time. I definitely recommend this book if you ever feel like your life isnt on the same path anymore with your spouse. It will give you a glimpse of a walk in their shoes and believe it or not, will open your eyes a little.
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
Switch-a-Wish is not just an adult version of Freaky Friday, the classic book and movie about a mother and daughter who switch bodies and learn lessons about each other’s lives. This book uses that basic premise but the author beautifully tells the story of a married couple who have drifted apart, are on the cusp of divorce, and each resents the other. Chris is a teacher who feels the pressure to bring home money to his wife and kids who always seem to need something new. Amanda resents him, often shows it, and is never interested in having sex. Amanda feels like Chris doesn’t respect her or understand how hard raising the kids really is and it’s taking its toll on their relationship. One night they each wish on a star that the other will have to live how they do and the next morning they wake to find that they’ve switched bodies. The author alternates viewpoints throughout the book between Amanda and Chris. Everything is explored from how Amanda finds Chris’s body achier than her body to how it feels to always be “in the mood”. The book is both amusing and soul searching at times as the couple’s relationship is dissected. It maintains a steady and enjoyable pace. This is a thoroughly entertaining read. I read this on my ereader and it formatted well. The cover is basic but represents the title perfectly.
MelissaJ72 More than 1 year ago
A Terrific Freaky Friday Type Read I absolutely loved this book. I hadn't heard of the author, but the cover and title were enough to get me to go ahead and read the blurb. I was hooked right from there. How many times have you wondered what it would be like if you could trade places with someone, let them see what it's like to walk in your shoes, but you have to remember that you will also get a look at what it's like to take a walk in their shoes. I really was sucked right into the story. The author has done a fantastic job of writing a book with real life issues that many couples struggle with, with style and grace, empathy and humor. There were some times when I was really laughing pretty hard... out loud... people stared. Oh well. I found myself able to really get in touch with the characters, to feel like I know then and empathize with them. Chris and Amanda both have their strong and weak suits and are very real. Then something happens that threatens everything, just as this married couple are getting closer. I won't say, but you definitely don't want to miss this one. I definitely recommend this book and will be watching out for more from this very talented author.
DreeHolley More than 1 year ago
Switch-A-Wish went far above and beyond my expectations. What I thought would be a lighthearted "fluffy" read, turned out to be truly eye opening. Anyone in a relationship needs to give this book a go. Reading about common relationship issues from both the man's and woman's perspective was incredibly interesting and caused self reflection amongst the chapters. Earnheardt knocked this one out of the park. I was immediately hooked and couldn't put this book down. You fall in love with Chris and Amanda, then you hate them, then you fall in love with them all over again. Switch-A-Wish tells the story of married couple, Chris and Amanda. After years of marriage and three kids they've lost themselves along the way and are on the verge of losing each other. A bed time wish ritual turns true when Chris and Amanda wake up in each other's bodies. 3 days living life as the other changes their perspectives drastically and begins to bring the couple closer than ever but a secret bombshell dropped threatens to ruin it all. I truly loved this book. An easy, enjoyable, yet introspective read.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Switch-A-Wish is a women’s fiction novel written by M.B. Earnheardt. Chris and Amanda were best friends as well as lovers before they married. He was the only man she had ever been intimate with, and they took advantage of every opportunity, and even invented some opportunities, to make love. When they married, it seemed the natural extension of that fairytale relationship. Now he’s a college professor whose focus is fixed on being appointed the chair of his department, and she’s a stay-at-home mom with two young children and an infant. Chris is still crazy about her and his sex drive is as healthy as ever, but Amanda’s really not that interested in sex anymore, that is, unless she can get him to agree to making yet another baby. Amanda’s also been thinking more and more often about getting a divorce, and Chris has been fighting what seems to be a losing battle with his attraction to an attractive co-ed who’s been taking his courses for years. They both secretly think they need marriage counseling to make things work again, but neither of them feels safe enough to broach the subject. Then everything changes when they wake up in each other’s bodies. M.B. Earnheardt’s women’s fiction novel, Switch-A-Wish, is an entertaining romantic comedy about a married couple who have a chance to rekindle their love and passion when they get to walk the proverbial mile in each other’s shoes. Amanda’s reactions to the men’s rooms she’s compelled to use while inhabiting Chris’ body are hilarious, and their children’s reactions to a mom who seems just a little bit different are poignant. This is a well-written and wryly humorous story that focuses on the stresses and strains of child rearing on even the strongest relationships. Earnheardt’s characters are well-developed and authentic; however, I did seriously question Amanda’s sanity at pushing for a fourth child with an infant and two young children already putting such a strain on her married and personal life while considering divorce as an alternative option at the same time. Switch-A-Wish is recommended women's fiction.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Real life often gets in the way of real love and Switch-A-Wish by M.B. Earnheardt offers a quirky, unique look at one couple ‘solving’ the problem. Amanda is at the end of her tether with the responsibility of raising three small children, maintaining a home, caring for her mother-in-law and being there for her husband. Chris is also not happy with the way things are and does not understand why Amanda has become so bitter, nearly frigid and totally unhappy. To say there is no communication between them is an understatement. One night, a strange wish they both happen to make while they are tucking their girls in for the night results in them switching bodies. For three days, they get to experience what each other has to put up with and this leads to some humorous as well as hurtful revelations. It also gets dangerously close to uncovering a secret Chris never wants his wife to find out. Will the switch bring them closer together to repair what they had lost or will their relationship collapse completely? For anyone interested in dissecting the failure of a marriage, this is the perfect book. Switch-A-Wish takes a hard look at the problems that arise when communication fails. Neither party is right or wrong, but the choices that are made based on hurt feelings and misunderstandings can have a devastating effect. M.B. Earnheardt uses laser vision to cut through each character’s thoughts, actions and feelings, and offers a wonderful examination of the roles we play in our relationships. Switch-A-Wish is a great read because it does address what almost every relationship faces at some point and to some degree.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a highly engaging and entertaining read by debut fiction novelist M.B. Earnheardt, Switch-A-Wish is a novel that most readers will not be able to put down once they pick it up! Follow the story of Chris and Amanda Claridge, a couple that is probably like many out there. Seemingly happy on the outside, on the inside of their relationship, they're headed for disaster. Chris, the handsome college professor, and Amanda, the lovely stay at home mom and wife, are secretly seething at each other, frustrated with their own roles and the seeming insensitivities of the other. But when a magical wish is granted, and they are able to truly live as the other, their lives and the way that they look at each other will be changed forever. Reminiscent of the Disney film "Freaky Friday," author M.B. Earnheardt takes the idea of living in someone else's shoes quite literally in Switch-A-Wish. And isn't that secretly what many have wished for their spouses, for them to to see "just what I go through in a a day?" I think we have. M.B. Earnheardt has done a great job in writing a book that is fun and funny, but poignant and touching as well. Her readers will connect with, relate to, and care about her characters, and if that isn't the hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. I very much enjoyed Switch-A-Wish, and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who loves a great read. I certainly hope that author M.B. Earnheardt will continue her work in this vein. Her talent shines through, and her work is so promising that she will not remain an undiscovered treasure for long!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite Ooo...Ooo...Ooo! Is it bad that all I can do is make delighted sounds as I am preparing to write my review for Switch-A-Wish by author M.B. Earnheardt? I hope not, because I did, and this book certainly deserves all of my excitement! This is the story of married couple Chris and Amanda Claridge, a familiar couple to many of us: perfect seeming on the outside, resentful and unhappy on the inside. Handsome Chris is a college professor, pretty Amanda stays home with the couple's family. The two are headed for a divorce until they magically find themselves truly in the other's shoes the morning after making a wish for that very thing to happen. Through this unusual experience, they are each able to gain an understanding and appreciation for the other that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Will their love for each other return as well? You'll have to read the book to find out! I loved this book. Loved. It. The storyline grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let go. Author M.B. Earnheardt was able to delve deep into the heart of many marital problems, our inability to appreciate fully what the other does for us, and present that problem in an oh-so-readable way. Any reader who enjoys a fun read of women's fiction, chick lit, or just a great read in general should absolutely buy this book. I highly recommend Switch-A-Wish and will have my eyes peeled to see when M.B. Earnheardt's next book will be released. I, for one, will be in line to buy it as soon as I possibly can!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I'm married and have dealt with the mommy/daddy issues of everyday life, so this book hits home. It follows Amanda and Chris, a not so happy married couple with children, as they switch lives for a few days. She is him, he is her, and together they work through the dis-function and find themselves again, not only as a couple but as individuals and a family unit as well. This book was so real, except the switching bodies issue. Oh, how I wish this was really possible! This book was written so well and had the good, the bad, the funny, the sad, and the happy parts of everyday life. Honestly, this was the best book Ive read in a long time!...Stormi