Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

by Denise Grover Swank
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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 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!!!
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!
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
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Well-developed characters and plot...i really enjoyed reading this work and highly recommend it as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deleting this one from my eReader. Don not like this type of series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book kepted me on suspense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read ! lighthearted but very entertaining! I'm hooked read 1st 3 in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Loved the characters - somewhat quirky but fun and likable. Can't wait to read more of this series! Highly recommend! Only gave 4 stars because I didn't think someone just coming out from such a sheltered life would have done some of these things.
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HLGPooh More than 1 year ago
Rose is an ordinary person, working in a mundane job, when her life suddenly changes. From the first paragraph, I knew I wanted to read more. I was on the edge of my seat at times and just when I thought I had something figured out, there was an unexpected twist that took me by surprise. This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read and I am so excited that I stumbled into the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and witty. A female lead like no other. Enjoyed both the romance and suspence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a mystery that wasn't scary with a little romance, and humor. Loved it! Will be continuing the series.
crashdeedee More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of the Rose Gardner Mysteries and I was instantly in love! The main character, Rose, is sweet, funny and endearing. Rose has visions of the future that she can’t control. Due to her “weirdness” she has lived a very sheltered life under the unyielding thumb of her mother. But when a vision of her own death is seen, Rose decides to live her last days the best she can. Rose makes a list of the 28 ½ wishes she has before she dies. What started out as a simple list, has turned into life-altering adventure. To some, Rose’s list may seem simple or silly but it made me wonder what I would want to do before I died. That scene in the book was when I fell in love with Rose. If you are looking for a heartwarming read with a bit of mystery (and a hot mysterious man) then this is the book for you.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank is a compelling murder mystery with a bit of romance thrown in, mostly for comic relief I think. The story line is good and the characters are fun. I was not surprised to see that there are at least eight more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely fell in love with Rose and Joe in this book. Rose is an everyday woman with insecurities like the rest of us except she has visions of things that will happen in the future. The mystery of Rose's mother's murder and the suspense of her home being broke into twice keeps you glued to the book to figure out what the intruders are looking for.
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