What Anne Marie Roche wants is to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.
On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate…hope. They each begin a list of twenty wishes—things they always wanted to do but never did.
Anne Marie's list includes learning to knit, falling in love again, doing good for someone else. When she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving—and far more important—than Anne Marie had ever imagined.
As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true…but not necessarily in the way you expect.
Can A Light-Hearted Summer Read Change Your Life?
By Antoinette Klein - July 6, 2008
Debbie Macomber doesn't write heavy Russian novels with tragic heroines and deep, multi-layered plots. She writes novels that appeal to millions of ordinary women. So why do I think this simply delightful book could change your life? It's because she compels you to do one tiny little thing---make a list of twenty things you want to do in life. She invites you to celebrate hope, to fill that nagging void in your life, and to tell your brain the secrets of your heart.
Anne Marie Roche, the widowed owner of Blossom Street Books, invites three other widows to celebrate with her what could have been a sad Valentine's Day for all four. At thirty-eight, Anne Marie still longs for the child she never had. Her husband Robert already had a family when she married him and he had no desire to start another and be mistaken for his child's grandfather.
The other widows are Barbie Foster, forty-something mother of twin boys, who lost both her husband and father in the... read more
The best ever
By Evelyn S. Hlabse "esh1965" - May 4, 2008
I love Debbie Macomber and this is without any question her best book yet. You don't have to be a widow to understand this - just a woman who has wishes that she'd like to fulfill. This would make an excellent book for reading groups and I can't recommend it highly enough. I read it in 24 hours - I just couldn't put it down and I'm going to read it again. That's great praise coming from me who rarely reads a book more than once but this one is worth it. I've started my own list of 20 Wishes. It would make a great gift.
I LOVE Debbie Macomber's world!!!
By Nana Pam & furkids "pandag" - May 6, 2008
Just finished reading this delightful book, and as with all her books found myself laughing and then crying throughout. Her characters (people) are so real that I feel that I'm there with them. Am so grateful we have this wonderful writer who shares these stories with us. Also, know it's a different book or series but I LOVE her angel books too! Just finished the latest one and it too was delightful! Thanks Debbie!!!
There's a new shop on Seattle's Blossom Streeta flower store called Susannah's Garden, right next door to A Good Yarn. Susannah Nelson, the owner, has just hired a young widow named Colette Blake. A ...