Title: What You Wish For
Author: Katherine Center
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published On: July 14, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Digital Copy, Netgalley
Synopsis: Samantha 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 before.
When 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.
Katherine Center’s latest novel is just what the world needs right now. Did she know we were going to need a novel about finding joy in the hardest of times? Is Katherine Center psychic?? I only wish the rest of the world didn’t have to wait so long to read this thoughtful and sweet story. But, looking on the brighter side–you have something to look forward to this summer!
Once again, I was not disappointed in Center’s characters. I love that she creates uniquely beautiful and flawed characters. Each one–even the smallest character–has a backstory. Samantha (Sam) is a breath of fresh air and Duncan is a compelling puzzle. While I had his story figured out from almost the beginning, it was still touching to watch it unfold. I was mostly excited about What You Wish For because it’s set in my home state of Texas. I visit Galveston almost every other summer. I love that little beach town, and I was so excited that she chose it for her setting. I only wish I could have read it while I was there, listening to the waves, soaking up the sun.
While What You Wish For doesn’t quite reach the five-star status I gave How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire, it was still delightful. And a great reminder that we can find joy in the most unlikely places.
A Song For A Book
On Bookstagram I created a hashtag for when I include a song that reminds me of the book I’m sharing, #ASongForABook, I thought I’d make it a regular feature on my reviews, too. This time I’ve chosen For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder. The lyrics are perfect for Sam:
For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore
Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for providing me with an advance copy.
Rating: (4 / 5)
Have you read What You Wish For? Or is it on your tbr? Let me know in the comments!