I’m a fan of Cathy Bramley‘s writing so it will be no surprise to my regular blog readers that I enjoyed White Lies and Wishes (publishing today).
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Corgi (26 Jan. 2017)
What happens when what you wish for is only half the story…?
Flirtatious, straight-talking Jo Gold says she’s got no time for love; she’s determined to save her family’s failing footwear business.
New mother Sarah Hudson has cut short her maternity leave to return to work. She says she’ll do whatever it takes to make partner at the accountancy firm.
Bored, over-eating housewife Carrie Radley says she just wants to shift the pounds – she’d love to finally wear a bikini in public.
The unlikely trio meet by chance one winter’s day, and in a moment of ‘Carpe Diem’ madness, embark on a mission to make their wishes come true by September.
Easy. At least it would be, if they hadn’t been just the teensiest bit stingy with the truth…
With hidden issues, hidden talents, and hidden demons to overcome, new friends Jo, Carrie and Sarah must admit to what they really, really want, if they are ever to get their happy endings.
A feel-good romantic comedy that’s guaranteed to make you smile – perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.
We’re introduced to our three leading ladies at Frederic Lafteur’s funeral in the rural village of Woodby. With Jo and Carrie already outside having a moment away from everything, Sarah is the last one to join them … although Sarah thinks she is on her own. The sadness of the funeral is offset by Sarah’s public display – it did make me chuckle. With their wish lists and offers of support for each other made, Jo is off to her parents, Sarah has gone back to work and Carrie has gone home to husband Alex giving us an insight into their individual lives.
I’ve really enjoyed the three different narrations. Three very distinctive and separate lives; Jo receiving mixed messages from her parents and guarding her emotions; Carrie’s past trauma and how it has affected her self-belief; Sarah with her guilt about missing Zac’s ‘firsts’ and trying to live her life to show she can achieve. The growing friendship between Jo, Carrie and Sarah hits some bumpy patches which of course reflects reality. Usually I will have a favourite character but in White Lies and Wishes, all three are fabulous (although Jo’s storyline stood out for me).
The pace is really good, I was invested emotionally in their separate lives as well as their friendship and I absolutely LOVED the Empire State Building. One of the most entertaining resolutions I’ve read in a while 🙂
White Lies and Wishes is a romantic comedy with emotional depth that will, I have no doubt, leave you feeling satisfied that all is ok with the world. Recommended read for that feel-good factor.
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