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What You Wish For From Katherine Center, The New York Times Bestselling Author Of How To Walk Away Comes A Stunning New Novel Full Of Heart And HopeSamantha Casey Loves Everything About Her Job As An Elementary School Librarian On The Sunny, Historic Island Of Galveston, Texas The Goofy Kids, The Stately Victorian Building, The Butterfly Garden But When The School Suddenly Loses Its Beloved Principal, It Turns Out His Replacement Will Be None Other Than Duncan Carpenter A Former, Unrequited Crush Of Sam S From Many Years BeforeWhen Duncan Shows Up As Her New Boss, Though, He S Nothing Like The Sweet Teacher She Once Swooned Over He S Become Stiff, And Humorless, And Obsessed With School Safety Now, With Duncan Determined To Destroy Everything Sam Loves About Her School In The Name Of Security And Turn It Into Nothing Short Of A Prison Sam Has To Stand Up For Everyone She Cares About Before The School That S Become Her Home Is Gone For Good This was just dreadful The author is my go to for a heartwarming, lighter read with substance, but this book was so silly and over the top I thought my eyes would roll out of my head I m sorry I wasted my time This was a buddy read with my friend Marialyce and we were both disappointed I received a digital copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. JoyfulIf circumstances were different right now, I probably would be ripping this book apart The characters are a little bit much and drove me crazy The cheese factor is through the roof However, it has a lovely message about finding joy, which is much needed right now Overall, it served as a pleasant escape during these difficult times. I almost don t know how to rate What You Wish For I ve been reading so many thrillers, full of gruesome body counts, so making the transition to a book with no murders, just a death by natural causes, seems a bit awkward to me On one hand, it s an awesome change of pace but on the other hand, I think I almost died of a too sweet and silly overdose I do think it was good to venture off the bloody reading path I ve been on latelyElementary school librarian Samantha Casey call her Sam left h I almost don t know how to rate What You Wish For I ve been reading so many thrillers, full of gruesome body counts, so making the transition to a book with no murders, just a death by natural causes, seems a bit awkward to me On one hand, it s an awesome change of pace but on the other hand, I think I almost died of a too sweet and silly overdose I do think it was good to venture off the bloody reading path I ve been on latelyElementary school librarian Samantha Casey call her Sam left her last school because she was lovingly obsessed with fellow teacher, Duncan Carpenter Once he became engaged, she couldn t stand to see him any, despite the fact that they hardly knew each other and it shouldn t have mattered what Duncan did in his private life Several years later Duncan is the new principal at Sam s Galveston school and she s sure she ll need to run again, because of her feelings But the Duncan she used to know, funny, quirky, goofy, Duncan, is gone and instead, Duncan is stoic, dogmatic, and determined to take away everything this is loved at Sam s school What ensues is Sam wondering if Duncan even remembers who she is, misunderstandings, a roller coaster ride, and a cute ten year old boy named Clay, who is interesting enough to star in a book all of his own Oh, and there is Chuck Norris, Duncan s failure of a security dog labradoodle Sam has a serious health issue that she knows will keep anyone from loving her and Duncan has something in his near past that has changed him from the wild dressing, sweetheart he used to be, into a heartless hunky body in a gray suit Sam goes from planning to quit her job to making it her mission to have Duncan fired for all the changes he plans for the school Both Sam and Duncan have lessons to learn about life before either one of them can find happiness and peaceand maybe a meeting of minds Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for this ARC 3.75 Having recently finished Happiness For Beginners I couldn t wait to dive into this latest release by Katherine center I grew quite fond of some of the characters and was excited to learn they would carry over into this book.With the sudden death of much beloved school principal, a close community is reeling No one could ever replace a fine man like that in their hearts and minds For Samantha it was even a tougher blow, as she lost not only her boss, but a close friend, and father figure 3.75 Having recently finished Happiness For Beginners I couldn t wait to dive into this latest release by Katherine center I grew quite fond of some of the characters and was excited to learn they would carry over into this book.With the sudden death of much beloved school principal, a close community is reeling No one could ever replace a fine man like that in their hearts and minds For Samantha it was even a tougher blow, as she lost not only her boss, but a close friend, and father figure As new principal Duncan Carpenter is hired, Samantha Casey is understandably filled with mixed emotions She s familiar with this man from her past And she s not at all sure she s ready to face him again Upon greeting one another on his first day, Samantha s concerns are confirmed Duncan is far from the man she remembered.Though the story line felt weak at times, Katherine Center always manages to add the right amount offeel goodcontent to keep a smile on the readers face There are life lessons galore to take away from this book, and I know those will stay with me Though this may not have been my favorite by Ms Center it still gave my heart hope And as always I came away with a big grin on my face Already looking forward to her next A buddy read with SusanneThank you to Marissa Sangiacomo at St Martin s Press for an ARC to read and review You know that song by Lee Ann Womack called I Hope You Dance This book reminds me of that songIt may not be the love story you are expecting when you pick up the book.It s not steamy and sexy though in a way that was refreshing Sure, it has Samantha Caseya quirky librarian you will want to root for And, it has Duncan Carpenter, the new Principal and her potential love interest He is also a character that you have met before in one of her earlier novels, Happiness for Beginn You know that song by Lee Ann Womack called I Hope You Dance This book reminds me of that songIt may not be the love story you are expecting when you pick up the book.It s not steamy and sexy though in a way that was refreshing Sure, it has Samantha Caseya quirky librarian you will want to root for And, it has Duncan Carpenter, the new Principal and her potential love interest He is also a character that you have met before in one of her earlier novels, Happiness for Beginners.Of course, they will have their share of misunderstandings and miscommunications, along the way, as all romance stories doAnd, you will expect a happy endingbecause, that is why we read these booksBut, this book is almostabout the love of a community, than it is about the PG rated potential romance of Sam and Duncan It s a community that comes together when the beloved Principal and Founder of their school, Max, passes away And, those who replace him, including Duncan Carpenter, try to fix what isn t broken.One where friends ARE YOUR family, and they are there for Max s widow, Babette And, others along the wayIn ways that are heartwarming and touching I didn t enjoy it quite as much as Things You Save In A Fire , or Happiness For Beginners but I did like it s message though I must admit, it DID get a bit overdone JOY AND SORROW WALK SIDE BY SIDE, and BEING ALIVE MEANS RISKING ONE FOR THE OTHER.IT S ALWAYS BETTER TO DANCE THAN TO REFUSE favorite quote from the book 3.75 rounded upThis is available on July 14th, 2020 and although it can be read as a standalone, why not meet Duncan and some other characters who make an appearance in this book by reading Happiness for Beginners while you are waiting Another great buddy read with DeAnn I would like to thank the Publisher for inviting me to read a digital ARC, provided through NetGalley, in exchange for a candid review 3 StarsLife It Goes On.Living on the Island of Galveston, in Texas, Samantha Casey s life is perfect That is, until the day that her former crush, Duncan Carpenter walks back into her life Samantha is an Elementary School Librarian Duncan is the school s new principal Samantha would love to run and hide, but alas, she doesn t need to because Duncan doesn t remember her, even though they previously worked together for 3 years What Samantha notices however is that Duncan is not the same man 3 StarsLife It Goes On.Living on the Island of Galveston, in Texas, Samantha Casey s life is perfect That is, until the day that her former crush, Duncan Carpenter walks back into her life Samantha is an Elementary School Librarian Duncan is the school s new principal Samantha would love to run and hide, but alas, she doesn t need to because Duncan doesn t remember her, even though they previously worked together for 3 years What Samantha notices however is that Duncan is not the same man she remembers He is no longer the funny, goofy, outgoing, silly guy she once knew He is a shell of his former self and he has big plans for the school and it s up to Samantha to stop him No one ever said that life was easy Katherine Center is my go to author when I need a laugh and a smile and to shed a tear or two When I heard that What You Wish For was coming out, I was chomping at the bit for 6 months to get a copy My book buddy Kaceey and I read it shortly after Happiness for Beginners which features Duncan Carpenter s sister Helen which we loved, and in which Duncan is also a peripheral character Needless to say, we were evenexcited after reading Happiness and couldn t wait to dive in As soon as I started this novel, I could tell that it was different from her last few There are no moments of hysterical laughter and there are very few moments where I felt like I normally feel while reading her novels It wasn t until about 100 pages in when a few friends from Happiness for Beginners appeared , that things turned around Slowly, ever so slowly this novel took a turn and I became invested Still, I thought to myself, there could have been so many moments where Ms Center could have included laughter and levity between Samantha and her friend Alice and didn t Further, this novel deals with several extremely important themes, one of which I am, unfortunately, quite familiar with, and because of that I felt that certain parts of the storyline and the aspects that were portrayed, didn t quite ring true and I couldn t help but be bothered by that What Ms Center excels at however, is her characterizations Can I just say Yay for Samantha Casey What a gem she is Bold, bright and willing to stand up for what she believes in Then there is Babette A strong woman who loves and supports Samantha throughout, regardless of what she, personally is going through Alice rounds out this trio as being the best friend a girl could ask for What I love about Katherine Center s novels is that she often includes strong women and strong female friendships relationships in her novels and this novel was no different Ms Center also took on both Samantha s journey as well as Duncan s and let them grow as individuals before allowing them to find that special something While this isn t quite what I was looking for in a Katherine Center novel, it delivered something else entirely What I would suggest for other readers, is to go into this one with no expectations In that way, perhaps you will get exactly What You Wish For Another buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to Marissa Sangiacomo at St Martins Press and Katherine Center for the arc.Published on Goodreads on 4.26.20 Never miss a chance to celebrate Katherine Center s latest novel, like all her novels, is utterly delightful While I ultimately preferred Things You Save in a Fire, I still stayed up until 3 AM finishing this story Once it gets going, it s hard to put down The theme, choosing joy, really resonates It s a lesson we should all take to heart Told entirely from Samantha s perspective, she s a quirky character trying desperately to come to terms with several life altering events Enter Duncan Never miss a chance to celebrate Katherine Center s latest novel, like all her novels, is utterly delightful While I ultimately preferred Things You Save in a Fire, I still stayed up until 3 AM finishing this story Once it gets going, it s hard to put down The theme, choosing joy, really resonates It s a lesson we should all take to heart Told entirely from Samantha s perspective, she s a quirky character trying desperately to come to terms with several life altering events Enter Duncan the one who got away several years before, who happens to be dealing with a life altering event of his own You re left with two semi broken characters who eventually find completion in each other I love Katherine Center, but after reading three of her books in the past 12 months, I quickly realized they re a smidge formulaic It s nothing which would prevent me from reading her future releases, but it definitely makes things predictable As for What You Wish For, the overall plot wasn t entirely interesting to me set almost entirely in a private elementary school, it s not particularly relatable And if I m being entirely honest, for the first third of the story, I intensely disliked both Samantha and Duncanthey were so over the top These are the reasons I opted to rate this book 3.5 Despite my grumbles, I still enjoyed this bookespecially Chuck Norris And my absolute favorite part was high on drugs Duncan Recommended to those who who enjoy contemporary romance novels or beachy type reads Pick up a copy of your own July 14, 2020Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy. I tried not to click on the stars this time I really did But HOW CAN I NOT click on them They re just lined up there, all sad and empty, justLONGING to be clicked I blame the stars.And now I ve just found the title of my autobiography I Blame the Stars This is another one of those books that I hoped I would love I m a big fan of Things You Save In A Fire , but that was a much stronger book withto keep me interested.This novel starts very slowly as we get to know Sam, Samantha Casey, just at the time that the principal of her beloved elementary school passes away He wasn t just the principal, he and his wife were the life and breath of the school All of their ideas from many years poured into the school.The school year is going to sta This is another one of those books that I hoped I would love I m a big fan of Things You Save In A Fire , but that was a much stronger book withto keep me interested.This novel starts very slowly as we get to know Sam, Samantha Casey, just at the time that the principal of her beloved elementary school passes away He wasn t just the principal, he and his wife were the life and breath of the school All of their ideas from many years poured into the school.The school year is going to start soon but when Sam learns who the new principal is, she is frantic.She has a long history with Duncan Carpenter as she worked with him for two years at a previous position The Duncan that she remembers was light hearted, loved to play with the kids and made school fun, she had a major crush on him but never acted on it The new Duncan is intent on changing a lot about the school The staff quickly learns, at their first meeting, that Duncan is here to make major changes Nofield trips, nobubbles in the yard He is determined to remake the school into one that is as safe as possible for the students but forgetting that there are many other things that go into making a great school The enthusiasm of the teachers is soon really quenced when he repaints the walls a sterile gray, along with changing the carpet to a boring neutral color also Before the school was awash in children s art, a painted rainbow, and the most unique of all, a wall of butterflies that Sam and Duncan s wife Babette, had meticulously painted the summer before Sam arrives one day to find the entire mural painted over.The story reminded me a bit of the last one, a woman who has a history with someone who now shows up in her new life Sam has changed but so has Duncan and she is determined to find out why Unfortunately the novel is quite predictable and they are both hiding secrets Turns out they both have a problem with telling the people they love how they really feel and opening up to them, including any physical or emotional trauma.At times I thought this readlike a YA novel, I didn t feel as though the characters were particularly likable or relatable If you want a light beach read this would be just the ticket, for me it was a disappointment I still got some laughs out of it and perhaps the reminder to try to find joy in everything around us.This was a buddy read with my No Rules Just Thrills friend, Marilyn.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.This book is set to publish on July 14, 2020


About the Author: Katherine Center

Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire August 2019 , and five other bittersweet comic novels Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, satisfying in the most soul nourishing way Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her fun husband, two sweet kids, and fluffy but fierce dog.


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