Sunday, April 5, 2009

Simple Wishes - Lisa Dale

Title: Simple Wishes
Author: Lisa Dale
Publisher: Hachette - Forever
Published: 2009
Pages: 365
Genre: Romance/Women's Fiction

So much more than a romance, this book has it all - mother/daughter relationships, cultural issues, betrayal, emotional growth, parental legacies, unresolved anger, and forgiveness. It deals with real life issues with the characters being so believable they jump out of the pages and stand before you. This is Lisa Dale's debut novel and she comes out with a bang. I can't wait to read more from this author. I believe she has another book coming out in November 2009.

Adele is returning home after her dream of living in New York is shattered by one mistake. She returns to the cottage that she inherited from her mother. There she befriends Beatrice, a Korean woman, who Adele believes has some secrets to share about her mother. However, Beatrice tries her best to keep her from digging into the past. Adele embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning to grow in the midst of tragedy, accepting life's simple pleasures, and opening her heart to love.

Jay is an artist in woodworking. He has secrets of his own. They both need to realize that the legacies our parents leave us sometimes are not always the best. Learning to overcome them is a journey all its own. As Adele and Jay grow closer together, "secrets from her mother's past threaten to send her fleeing back to the city. Can Jay convince her to stay with him?"

You can read my full review and quotes here.

Rating: 4/5
Pages: 365
Completed: 4/1/09

1 Comment:

M. L. Kiner said...

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