Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Book review: The January Wish - Juliet Madison

The January Wish

The blurb.
From Escape's queen of ro-magic comedy comes a sweet, emotional contemporary romance about the pleasures of making a wish and seeing it come true.

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it's the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences. 

A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia's small coastal town with secrets that can't be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia's well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities. 

They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.

My opinion.
After reading February or Forever, the first thing I did was promising myself that it would read more - if not all - books by Juliet Madison. So here it is: The January Wish, the second coastal novel set in Tarrin's Bay. As you probably already noticed, I read "February" before "January", but this is not a follow-up story, so the order in which you read them really doesn't make any difference.

I very much enjoyed reading The January Wish. The main character, Sylvia, is not someone I would relate to in real life, but that didn't keep me from warming up to her almost instantly. Throughout the novel, hints are dropped about the character's past. Sylvia, Grace, Mark,.. they all seem to have a difficult past they're trying to leave behind and I loved how nothing about it was predictable. Not what they've been through, not how they handled/ handle it, not how the relationships between the characters would evolve,...  and finally how it would all come together.

Although life hasn't always been easy for the main characters, and although it keeps throwing them curve balls, it's still a very sweet, very easy to read novel. It's emotional and hopeful. Absolutely loved it. 

... already excited to see what March will bring! ;-)

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Many thanks to Escape Publishing 
for providing me with a review copy of 
The January Wish. I absolutely loved reading it.

 Check out my review of The February Wish,
the second  coastal romance novel by Juliet Madison,
set in Tarrin’s Bay, Australia

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