When Good Wishes Go Bad

When Good Wishes Go Bad

by Mindy Klasky
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When Good Wishes Go Bad by Mindy Klasky

Rebecca Morris is suffering from an excess of magic!

Things that have disappeared: her boyfriend; her life savings; three-and-a-half million dollars from the theater company that pays both their salaries. (Coincidence? Um, no.) Also, the groundbreaking play she's been slaving over has vanished in a puff of copyright-colored smoke.

Other, weirder things that have appeared: a magic lamp complete with genie wishes. A fully furnished (and paid-for) Manhattan condo and fabulous designer wardrobe. (The last two courtesy of the first one, obvs.)

So Becca's putting that last wish on hold. What with discovering a mesmerizing new play, getting it onstage and falling hard for the adorably awkward guy who wrote it, Becca is swamped. And that's without factoring in the guerrilla gardener, popcorn magnate and the gender-bending genie with an agenda of his/her own.

Now Becca's hoping that her good wishes don't go oh, so wrong….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778328216
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: As You Wish Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. When Mindy isn't "traveling" through writing books, she quilts, cooks and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. You can visit Mindy at her Web site, www.mindyklasky.com.

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When Good Wishes Go Bad 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manhattan, Rebecca Morris works at The Mercer Project Theater. Her live in lover of three years, Dean the accountant, did the books for the theater and for her. He leaves her a short note that he is working late, which is not a shocker as it is tax season. Dean never makes it to their Greenwich Village apartment. Instead he absconded with her life savings and the theater's three million dollars. She also learns the play they were going to produce is not available as the Mercer lost the production rights. Homeless as the police declare her pad is a crime scene, Rebecca sees a bit of light in all this gloom when author Ryan Thompson arrives with a delightful play. Stage manager Kira lends Becca clothing and gives her a lamp housing Teel the genie who orders Becca to make her four wishes so the genie can get on with his life. This is a charming Manhattan fairy tale romance though the genie is street tough (not bottle tough). Although Becca with her profound observations on everything somehow missed Dean being an embezzler is a bit difficult to grasp. However readers who accept that the Dramaturg failed to notice her boyfriend's felonious behavior will appreciate an amusing tale of a heroine with four wishes holding back on the last one just in case she needs it to persuade her new love they can write romance together. Harriet Klausner
Charla6321 More than 1 year ago
Yes it's a tad bit on the silly side but it's a great relaxing read, holds your attention, well written and you come to love the characters.
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Sarah Anderson More than 1 year ago
When Becca is done on her luck, her friendly coworker gives her a lantern. A lantern complete with genie. Throughout the book I believe that Becca makes smart choices with her wishes, using a couple to help friends rather than for personal gain. Ryan and Dani are fun characters to read. Especially with the guerilla gardening. Dani is a quirky yet sweet friend and her son, Ryan is a shy, brilliant playwright. This story is a cute read and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Morrison woke up one morning with a note from her boyfriend of 3 years Dean Thompson. B- GOTTA RUN, Don't wait up. She always get this kind of note from him. He works late and especially at that time since tax month is coming up. Who would have thought that a simple note have a lot of meanings? She tossed and turn all night waiting for him until early morning came rolling by. She decided an early start would be best. She found the lights inside Dean's office only he wasn't there. Maybe he stepped out for a minute. Hours went by and still no Dean she finally called her assistant Jen and ask if she saw him anywhere. Becca was summoned to an emergency conference with the CEO and Board of Trustees of the Theather company that she's working at. Everybody seems to be looking for her boyfriend and nobody has seen him. The realization that her boyfriend who seems so perfect has embezzeled the company's $3 Million and her six figure cash savings. Now Becca has nowhere to live and broke and on top of that there is some legal issue on the current play that they have line up, she had yet to break it down to her boss and find a new one soon. In the middle of all this disaster Kira Franklin, the stage manager of the company, handed her a gift. Clothes, well ok customes and a lamp? Kira said the lamp helped her fulfill her wishes. Beccas was looking at it at first them all of a sudden a woman dressed like a lawyer pops out and proclaims herself as the genie of the lamp. Like all other heroine, she thought it was all just a joke until she made her first wish... Wonderful, weird and stressful situtations began to happened. I like Becca and I like her career. A Dramaturg, I am not familiar with the term but I do know that there is that someone who plays like a psychologist with the acts, the playwrights and even to the directors. I am impressed on how well Becca does her job but I am not too sure about her personal life. When Dean, her boyfriend of 3 years embezzeled that money, I thought really? no clue at all? How can she not recognize the signs? Maybe love is really blinding for some people. The genie(s) in this story is not something that you imagined, they don't do magic carpets, they are neither male or female and they do not have a set look, they can be whatever they want. They are quite entertaining. Now about Ryan, I am not smitten, I was only impressed because he wrote that wonderful play but then towards the ending that kind of kill it for me. The book is average, entertaining but lacks the fun factor and lack personality among its characters.