From Escape's queen of ro–magic comedy comes a sweet, emotional contemporary romance about the pleasures of making a wish and seeing it come true.
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin's Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far–reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia's small coastal town with secrets that can't be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia's well–ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
About the Author
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of Sylvia Greene, family practitioner in Tarrin's Bay. She doesn't believe in wishing but finds herself making a wish at the annual Wishing Festival in the local Miracle Park. The wish involves the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years ago but she never expected it to come true. The arrival in town of Grace Forrester, her daughter, triggers a whole lot of happenings. It also coincides with the arrival of Mark Bastian, a Naturopath and Acupuncturist to join the clinic where Sylvia works. This story is really about Sylvia, with a fair scooping of Grace who is going through a transitional time in her life after the death of her adoptive mother. Mark too is going through a difficult time in his life and we get to see some of this as well. He is totally adorable, almost too perfect and *cough* celibate at present *does happy dance*. The set-up is a lot about the town and we get to see quite a few locals. At times I would have liked them to get off stage and bring Mark back on. *drools* However, this is the first of the series which I'm presuming are all small town romances set in the Bay so I'm sure they will provide a background for further books and may have stories of their own. At times I did feel the author used Mark's profession as a promotional launching pad for natural/complementary therapy. A bit preachy at times, but it did fit the story as Sylvia, like many doctors, did regard them with suspicion. Overall this is a very sweet story with a likeable cast of characters. It did get me wiping my eyes at one point near the end so I was well engaged. The ending was satisfying and I look forward to hopefully seeing Sylvia and Mark as background characters in further books.