Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Book Review #2 "Twenty Wishes" by Debbie Macomber

I picked up this book on CD at the local library after listening to another book by this author and enjoying it.

I like to listen to one book and actually read another at the same time. I am pretty good at keeping the characters of two books separate, but I am unable to handle more than two books at once.

WARNING - Blake, you will HATE this book! Just trust me on this one. You hate sappy stories where people find love and happiness and live happily ever after. Whereas, I like to read this over the science fictionesque books you enjoy.

This book is set in Seattle, WA - where Macomber seems to set all of her novels. A group of widows gather together socially and decide to each create a list of twenty wishes. The main character, Ann Marie, owns a bookstore on Blossom Street and hosts many of the social gatherings of the widows' club. She had been suddenly widowed within the year. She was estranged from her husband, but the two of them had started reconciling when he had a heart attack.

The main idea of the story is finding happiness by fulfilling twenty wishes. Some of the women make wishes like take belly dancing classes, or buying red cowboy boots. Other wishes of the group include going to Paris with someone you love and falling in love with an honorable man.

I enjoyed this book, and I consider it to be an "easy" read. I could read or listen to the book without really thinking about what was going on within the story. Some people might call these books "fluff" or "junk" or not good literature. Sometimes I just like to enjoy a book without having to concentrate too much on the intricacies of the story or figure out what just happened.

I purchased more books by this author at a rummage-type sale this past weekend. I am looking forward to reading more by Debbie Macomber.


  1. i'm the same way, i sometimes like the fluffy stock characters, only with the sci-fi-y mystery stuff thrown in. i'm not ashamed to be seen reading a dean koontz novel, for instance. i don't have to think too hard and all of a sudden there's a easy-to-follow government conspiracy or alien or something. koontz is to king as 1st grade is to 5th.

  2. It's not that I don't want them to find love and happiness and happily ever after, it's that in most rom-coms, they do it after they have known each other for about a week. That is bullshit. That is the infatuation period. I much prefer the stories where it slowly comes around. I'm a sucker for Gone With The Wind :)

  3. speaking of "Gone With The Wind" - I found an older copy when we were at Jennie's house cleaning out the other day.
    It doesn't say "second edition" in the front, so I did some research and it appears that it is a "book club" edition book rather than a first edition...
    still special to me...