Whispers and Wishes (Sage Springs Series, Book 1)

Whispers and Wishes (Sage Springs Series, Book 1)

by Hollie Westring
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Whispers and Wishes (Sage Springs Series, Book 1) by Hollie Westring

Eliza Monroe has been traveling the United States for three years, immersing herself in the towns she visits as she searches for the mother she’s never known. She hopes returning to her grandmother’s inn in Sage Springs, Mo., will provide the break she needs to evaluate her lonely life.

What Eliza isn’t expecting is to have two men enter the picture, not making her decision to stay or leave any easier. One has been her foundation, while the other is as comfortable as she is hopping from city to city. Throw in a kooky grandmother, a cheerful best friend, a sarcastic guest, a town where residents and spirits interact like neighbors, and Eliza has little time to contemplate her future.

Friendships grow, webs are spun, and lies are revealed before Eliza comes to terms with what she wants in life and learns what's really important.

**UtopYA 2014 nominee for best debut novel and best paranormal book of the year.**

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045820790
Publisher: Hollie Westring
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Sage Springs , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 943,913
File size: 312 KB

About the Author

Hollie Westring is from the Midwest. After a lifelong obsession with reading books, she decided to put fingertip to key and create her own stories. When not working, Hollie enjoys getting caught up in fictional worlds and baking.

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Whispers and Wishes (Sage Springs Series, Book 1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AnnM31 More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I couldn’t put this book down! I read this in one day!!! I swear!! I love Eliza and Jake, Gavin, Ivy and Lexi this group of characters ...excellent! Smooth sailing all the way through never felt like anything was missing. The entire story held me captive from the first chapter and I had to know what was going on and what would happen.  Eliza grew up with her grandmother (Aggie) and her dad; he raised her. She never knew her mom only that she left right after Eliza was born. She was told the road called to her mother and that she never stayed in one place too long. So when Eliza was 18 she set out on a journey to find her mother she needed to know why she left and what type of person she is. She was on the road for two years searching with the help of a private investigator Tom, but she was never lucky enough to catch up with her. Now she was heading home to see her grandma every year she would visit but not stay long a week maybe this time though she was staying for at least a month she knew her grandma needed her help around the Inn that she ran. The Fall Fest was coming and this was the time of the year that is their busy season. Upon arriving at the airport she sees Jake…..(he wasn't suppose to pick her up Lexi was) she is nervous the last time she saw Jake she left within 24 hours of him telling her he loved her, now she didn't know where they stood with each other. Awkward would be the word I would use for this moment.  Jake a handsome guy who has been in love with Eliza for as long as he could remember. When he told her he loved her he knew she would be leaving to search for her mother but he always knew she would return. He is delighted she is back and this time he is determined to SHOW her how he feels for her.  Grams, she is just awesome!! I love this character LOVE her! She runs the Cedar Inn (it’s her home that she turned into an Inn). Then we have Lexi she is very perky...lol. But I do adore her personality in this story. Ivy, now here is a twist she comes to town to stay for who knows how long seems a little standoffish at first. Then we get to know her and I love her just as much as the other characters in this story.  Gavin. Gavin is the smoking hot guy that comes to apply for the handyman position, did I say smoking? Because this character is definitely smoking! So back to my review….Yes he is the sexy stranger that Eliza would love to get to know better. Eliza is now between two men. She is so afraid of hurting Jake, she is attracted to him and she knows how he feels for her she does feel something for him as well. Then we have Gavin, now he is trouble and she knows it but he is damn attractive, she really wants to explore things with him. What will Eliza decide? Will she choose Jake or Gavin.? Who is Gavin? Where did he come from? Will Eliza ever find her mother? I am not telling you! You must read this!
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
On a mad goose chase around the country searching for the mom she never knew, Eliza Monroe heads back to Sage Springs until she gets news from Tom, her private investigator, about her mother's location. When at the airport she sees Jake, the boy who said he loved her when she ran, and he takes her to see her coocky grandmother. Lexi, Eliza's best friend, has been trying to tell Eliza about the broken down inn, but long-distance relationships don't work very well. On Eliza's return, she learns of her grandmother's lover and the inn's shape after Manny, the inn's keeper, left. Eliza is staying at the inn until after Fall Fest. After making new friends, including Ivy and Gavin(The definition of Tall, Dark, and Handsome), Eliza finds it even more difficult to stay or leave and find her mother. Not all is who they say and what you think might not be what it is. Will Eliza stay in Sage Springs? Where is Eliza's mother now? I loved this book, especially the characters. This was very well-written with cool spirits and spell-binding wishes. This little book was packed full of surprises that would never be expected. Even though 200 page books usually take me about a day, this only took a couple of hours. I can't wait to read the next book in the Sage Springs series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nicepuppy421 More than 1 year ago
  This was a very enjoyable story and a great book for young adults. The characters (both living and dead) are interesting and well written. I especially liked Eliza's grandmother, she is quite the character!  There are some twists in the story that I wasn't expecting. I would recommend this book and I was very happy that it did not end with a cliff hanger.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Whispers and Wishes (Sage Springs Series, Book 1) by Hollie Westring  Eliza Monroe has been traveling the United States for three years looking for her mother that she never knew. She decides to come home to Sage Springs Missouri to visit her grandmother. She finds that her Grandmothers Inn is not doing so well. She decides to stay for a while to help her grandmother out. She is reconnected with her friends, makes some new ones, faces her child hood enemy and has two young men showering her with affection. She has a major decision to make as family secrets are revealed. A light romantic story with a paranormal undertone. I was able to relate to Eliza and her personal issues. The story was original, the characters were believable and likable, some not as much as other. I recommend to those who love romance, drama, and a bit or paranormal.
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
I had such a good time reading this book.  I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what was happening next! I love that the paranormal twist to this book was ghosts, definitely something different for me.  The mystery and the unexpected twists throughtout the underlying love story is excellent.  The characters were great.  There are fun people you just adore, horrible people you wish you could punch in the face, and quirky people you don't know if you like or don't.  Not an overly emotional book, but it will have you feeling multiple ways while you take this reading journey.  A must read, if you ask me!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Whispers and Wishes is a sweet tale of love and redemption as Eliza Monroe learns what’s really important in life. Having spent the better part of the last three years on the road looking for the mother she’s never known, leaving behind a potential love relationship and the ghosts that peacefully haunt Sage Springs, Eliza is finally home for a short reprieve. Her grandmother’s inn is in danger of closing, and Eliza can’t help but feel that this is where she belongs, but at what cost? Westring has a created a cute and interesting story that revolves around the choices that we must make and how we know when enough is enough. With the revelation that Jake, the boy she left so long ago, still loves her, and the attentions of the gorgeous and mysterious drifting handy man, Gavin, Eliza isn’t sure what to do, but one thing is clear, she has to make a choice. Pulled in both directions, Eliza must decide where her loyalties lie, and as events come to a head and Eliza finds that not everyone is who they say they are and that not everything is what is seems, everything Eliza’s been working toward these last few years begins to crumble. But, with great friends and a strong home base, Eliza is ready to face her fears, the truth, and love. If you’re looking for a charming story and a quick read that will leave you with a smile on your face and a renewed belief in the goodness of people, then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’d describe the style of Whispers and Wishes as magic realism along the lines of Sarah Addison Allen with a romance similar to contemporary Christian writers (but without religious references). This made for an enjoyably light and quick read. In her debut, Hollie Westring does a beautiful job of connecting Eliza’s past with her present and of introducing the other key characters, giving the reader a preview of what’s to come in the series. I found the characters believable and the story was refreshingly sweet without being preachy.