Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

by Denise Grover Swank


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"It all started when I saw myself dead."
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.

Winner of The Beacon - 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463514587
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Series: Rose Gardner Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Denise lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She has six children, two dogs, and an overactive imagination. Although she lived in the south for ten years, one of her biggest regrets is that she didn't acquire a true southern accent. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
HollyDollyHS More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Billyeggs More than 1 year ago
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!!!
MeganShorty More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose is one in a million!!! Muffy is a keeper too!!!
babsped More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed a lot, I was suprised to find myself crying, i couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have found a new arthor. It is funny & grabs your attention. I can't wait to read what happens next
AverysBookNook More than 1 year ago
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".
winey_mommy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book you can not put down. But I was so so so disappointed that it left you hanging. I hate books that you have to buy another to finish the book you just read. Finish this story and start another with the same people is good, but to let you hang is completely wrong! I refuse to buy the next book on princlpal......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 240 page free book of a repressed young woman living in a Southern small town where everyone knows everyone or think they do. Abusive mother who calls her a demon child because she has visions, til the day she rebels, then makes a to do list, then finds a body and becomes a suspect, then meets her hunky neighbor. It's quirky revelation and action and mystery on the way of completing her bucket list, and the visions keep coming. She will not waste her time crying, then she crys, then she breaks down sobbing, curls into a ball crying, leans over crying, sobs against his chest, sobs while running, crys leaning against a wall.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
243pgs. Fun story, fast easy read. I liked it, but I won't be reading the series. Not enough to keep me interested in a series.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
Who knew a day working at the DMV could end with this much drama? One touch, one flash of the future, and Rose's whole life changes just like that. Escape in perhaps the worst way possible from abuse, finding love (or is it lust?), and a whole mess of trouble starts Rose on the journey to becoming an independent and strong woman in her own right. The books is a fast-paced, page turning masterpiece that will have you grabbing up the whole series as fast as you can add them to your cart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
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.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 2 days ago
First book I've read by this author and plan on reading many more of hers.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good mystery; kept me guessing. Enjoyed very much.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Love this story but not the way it ended, he should have given his real name. A fan. Catha Watkins Reese
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I'd read this author again
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet little book. Nothing heavy. Kept me entertained on a plane flight but it went pretty quick. It wouldn’t be a book that I needed to recommend, but it wasn’t one I regretted.
WyoReaderAL More than 1 year ago
Denise writes a great tale with Rose Gardner. The cast of characters is interesting and the story is easy to read and follow despite other reviews I have read. Some may say it is a little predictable but I disagree. I love that we get to read about a girl who is struggling to find her authentic self and makes some questionable decisions along the way. Much like real life - we may leave a bad situation only to find that we are back in similar relationship. We are comfortable with what we know. The question is - is Rose brave enough to find out who she is? Will she be true to herself?
kristelatour More than 1 year ago
The beginning of one of the most beautiful and fun journeys you will ever take in a romantic mystery series. Denise starts us on the path of following a sheltered heroine with an unique ability to find a murderer, love and, perhaps most importantly, herself. Get read to become addicted to the Rose Gardner world. Jump in with both feet and don't look back because you won't regret it! This story is full of romance, laughter, mystery and all the good feelings! Highly recommend!
brittanyh001 More than 1 year ago
Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes was my first book by Denise Grover Swank, and it definitely will not be my last! Rose Gardner re-evaluates her life, and realizes that she hasn’t really been living at all thanks to her oppressive mother. After a series of unfortunate events, she makes a list of 28 things or “wishes” to accomplish before she dies. Rose has visions throughout the book which will keep you laughing and also intrigued to find out what happens next. Her cute next door neighbor Joe agreed to help her with her list, and I loved seeing how their relationship evolved throughout this book. Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes has a bit of romance, mystery, and suspense, and I am looking forward to reading the next one!