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1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, 1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life. By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him. As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.


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1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, 1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life. By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him. As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.

30 review for The Wish

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This book is VINTAGE Nicholas sparks - full of damn good story telling, characters you fall in love with, and backstories that break your heart. Hard to believe that Sparks has been writing for 25 years and just keeps getting better and better. I love when Sparks uses the “story within a story” literary device-he used this in The Notebook and The Longest Ride- it’s fun to be able to get involved in both stories. THE WISH is a complex story that addresses: teen pregnancy, adoption, parental expec This book is VINTAGE Nicholas sparks - full of damn good story telling, characters you fall in love with, and backstories that break your heart. Hard to believe that Sparks has been writing for 25 years and just keeps getting better and better. I love when Sparks uses the “story within a story” literary device-he used this in The Notebook and The Longest Ride- it’s fun to be able to get involved in both stories. THE WISH is a complex story that addresses: teen pregnancy, adoption, parental expectations, cancer, first loves. 10 percent in I had my first cry. I loved all the characters. I loved the setting and the story itself. Maggie will forever remain in my heart. I am beyond grateful to Gallery books, Edelweiss and Nicholas Sparks for the early read. Cannot wait to share this story with EVERYONE September 2021.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Chu (The ChuseyReader)

    Unpopular opinion...I feel so heartless I didn’t feel much from this book haha, apart from the ending! I think I came in with the wrong expectations, this book just wasn't for me. Pick this up if you enjoy and/or don’t mind: 🐢 Turtle pace slow burn friends to lovers (and I normally love slow burn romances) 💑 Coming of age teen Romance (I prefer something more mature) 🤏 Not much romance (I wanted more) 🤰 Split between past and present with an emphasis on the past and Maggie's pregnancy ⚕️ Heavy topic Unpopular opinion...I feel so heartless I didn’t feel much from this book haha, apart from the ending! I think I came in with the wrong expectations, this book just wasn't for me. Pick this up if you enjoy and/or don’t mind: 🐢 Turtle pace slow burn friends to lovers (and I normally love slow burn romances) 💑 Coming of age teen Romance (I prefer something more mature) 🤏 Not much romance (I wanted more) 🤰 Split between past and present with an emphasis on the past and Maggie's pregnancy ⚕️ Heavy topic (the medical diagnosis) 😭 A bit sad and depressing What I enjoyed: Honestly I don’t have much to say about this book because not much actually happened. It was nicely written and the characters were well developed. The only thing I actually liked was the ending even though it was MEGA predictable. It did hit me in the feels. But I wish it was throughout. What I didn’t enjoy: This book wasn’t what I expected, I just couldn't connect with the story or Maggie. Really not much happened at all as the majority of the book explored Maggie’s past in Ocracoke and in painfully minute detail of her thoughts and uneventful days. Boring. I kept on waiting for something to happen but it just kept dragging on and on and the chapters were so long. Luckily I had the audio book and listened while walking, else I probably would've cracked it and lost my patience reading it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kezia Duah

    Sparks: You will cry. Me: Wow, so confident. Well challenge accepted! Also me by the end of the book: *Uncontrollably sobbing* I’m never going to recover from this😭. Seriously guys! I haven’t cried this hard since It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I was hooked from the beginning, and it got more and more interesting, and sadder and sadder. I swear some of these books have no respect for my grades. Like stop being so good! I have to study. After a few chapters, I could tell that this book was goi Sparks: You will cry. Me: Wow, so confident. Well challenge accepted! Also me by the end of the book: *Uncontrollably sobbing* I’m never going to recover from this😭. Seriously guys! I haven’t cried this hard since It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I was hooked from the beginning, and it got more and more interesting, and sadder and sadder. I swear some of these books have no respect for my grades. Like stop being so good! I have to study. After a few chapters, I could tell that this book was going to break me.The ending was shocking and perfect. I loved this book so much! ‼️SPOILERS‼️ Maggie’s family was so awful. I’m so happy that she met Bryce. Maggie was so mature though. I’m glad it wasn’t some unrealistic romance where they gave up everything just to be with each other, but Maggie talked some sense into him. And then they didn’t get to say goodbye😭. And then he died😭😭!! I literally saw it coming and started weeping before I actually read the words. And fucking Mark! I started to suspect him after a while. I just couldn’t figure out how exactly he could be connected to Maggie, and then I knew even before he gave her the gift. I was like there literally is no perfect ending than that. On top of all this, he reminds her of Bryce. When she said in her letter that Bryce somehow affected who Mark is today, it didn’t make sense but also it made perfect sense. Great job Sparks!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen.J.

    “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I absolutely loved this book, went through a box of Kleenex and I never cry. What helped make this incredible story even better was I listened to the audiobook. The narrator did an absolute amazing job. I became addicted and had to listen to it through the night…Kleenex beside me. The first few books I read by Nicholas Sparks I had to keep checking to see if it was actually written by a man and not a woman. The depth of compassion, love, insight into how a woman “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I absolutely loved this book, went through a box of Kleenex and I never cry. What helped make this incredible story even better was I listened to the audiobook. The narrator did an absolute amazing job. I became addicted and had to listen to it through the night…Kleenex beside me. The first few books I read by Nicholas Sparks I had to keep checking to see if it was actually written by a man and not a woman. The depth of compassion, love, insight into how a woman feels and especially how Nicholas Sparks knows how to write from the heart makes me fall I love with everything he writes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    With his new book, The Wish , the master of the romantic tearjerker is back to tug at your emotions! Is there anyone else who stays up super late to finish a book and it seriously rips you apart? Well, I wasn't surprised, but Nicholas Sparks’ new book definitely did that to me. It reminded me of some of his classics like The Notebook . Maggie is 16 in 1996 when she is sent away to live with her aunt in the remote village of Ocracoke, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s a fairly solitary li With his new book, The Wish , the master of the romantic tearjerker is back to tug at your emotions! Is there anyone else who stays up super late to finish a book and it seriously rips you apart? Well, I wasn't surprised, but Nicholas Sparks’ new book definitely did that to me. It reminded me of some of his classics like The Notebook . Maggie is 16 in 1996 when she is sent away to live with her aunt in the remote village of Ocracoke, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s a fairly solitary life—she mostly does her schoolwork and helps keep the house clean—and she misses her friends. But it’s not long before she strikes up a friendship with Bryce, one of the few other teenagers on the island. Bryce starts tutoring Maggie to help her keep up with her schoolwork. He starts to show her things he loves about the island and he introduces her to photography, which becomes a love of hers. And little by little, the two fall hard for one another. But Maggie knows she’ll be headed home to Seattle in May, and she knows they’re both too young to derail the course of their lives. In 2019, Maggie is a famous photographer who co-owns an NYC gallery, where she works when she’s not traveling the world. But faced with a serious medical diagnosis, she needs to hire an assistant for the gallery. As her condition worsens, she and the young man she hires develop a friendship, and she tells him the story of that Christmas in 1996, and its impact on her life. Not much in The Wish surprised me (there was one twist that threw me) but I was fully immersed in it, falling in love with the characters and the love story. My eyes are still puffy this morning, but boy, it was a good cry!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Couldn't put it down ,,, read with a box of kleenex Couldn't put it down ,,, read with a box of kleenex

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Hachette Book Group - Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This story was very heartwarming and the love, optimism and passion Maggie had her whole life was very inspiring to read and made me want to read more. I also loved the relationship Maggie had with Mark (her assistant) and how he stopped at nothing to remain professional and showed his love for photography and This book was received as an ARC from Hachette Book Group - Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This story was very heartwarming and the love, optimism and passion Maggie had her whole life was very inspiring to read and made me want to read more. I also loved the relationship Maggie had with Mark (her assistant) and how he stopped at nothing to remain professional and showed his love for photography and the gallery then just naturally Maggie ended up having feelings for Mark and creating the very situation she wanted to avoid in the first place. Dealing with a terminal illness, you can't help but wonder what if, and Nicholas Sparks does it again with a heartwarming novel that is set to leave you breathless. We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    This is my 8th book I’ve devoured by Nicholas Sparks and I think it may be his best book to date! (I recently listened to him on XM Radio and he himself said this was his best book to date). This has all the “feels” and I just could not put it down!! I loved the storyline, the characters and everything about it! I never, ever cry while reading books … ok, maybe only a handful of books I have cried while reading and I did with this one!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all the way!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Kim ♡

    All the stars!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    I always enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks books and I was delighted to receive a copy of his new book The Wish. Maggie is a well known photographer and part owns an art gallery. She employs a young man Mark to help her in the gallery because of her failing health. Mark is curious about Maggie’s life and why she chose photography as a career. She tells him about a summer in 1996 when she went to live with her aunt and the boy she met there. I really enjoyed this book even though I guessed the ending qui I always enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks books and I was delighted to receive a copy of his new book The Wish. Maggie is a well known photographer and part owns an art gallery. She employs a young man Mark to help her in the gallery because of her failing health. Mark is curious about Maggie’s life and why she chose photography as a career. She tells him about a summer in 1996 when she went to live with her aunt and the boy she met there. I really enjoyed this book even though I guessed the ending quite early on. There were some really great characters and I read this book in a day because I didn’t want to put it down. Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Nicholas Sparks brings all the feels once again in his new novel, “The Wish”. In 1996, an unexpected pregnancy sends Maggie Dawes to Ocracoke, North Carolina to stay with her aunt. As she adjusts to quiet, seaside living after the hustle and bustle of Seattle, Maggie comes to terms with her pregnancy, and starts to focus on her life after giving her child up for adoption. But when she meets Bryce Trickett, all of her plans change and the only thing she wants is to be with him for as long as she Nicholas Sparks brings all the feels once again in his new novel, “The Wish”. In 1996, an unexpected pregnancy sends Maggie Dawes to Ocracoke, North Carolina to stay with her aunt. As she adjusts to quiet, seaside living after the hustle and bustle of Seattle, Maggie comes to terms with her pregnancy, and starts to focus on her life after giving her child up for adoption. But when she meets Bryce Trickett, all of her plans change and the only thing she wants is to be with him for as long as she can. Now, in 2019 New York, Maggie is a travel photographer, and only now, ravaged by cancer, is she able to talk about her past and come to terms with all that she lost. Confiding in her young employee, Mark, Maggie hopes that her story will resonate and she will leave a little bit of herself behind. Nicholas Sparks checks all of the boxes in this novel; the ‘star crossed lovers’, the tearful decisions and, of course, a devastating death (or two). Combined they make “The Wish” as much of an emotional thrill ride as the rest of his memorable novels. Now twenty-five years in, Sparks is not slowing down, and I am so glad to say I continue to enjoy each and every book he puts out. Maggie is a likable character, a teenager full of angst trying to come to terms with a life choice that changed her whole world. Strong yet insecure, I wanted nothing more for her but to succeed, and I loved how Sparks portrayed her innocence and naiveté, while still managing to make her charming and likable. Bryce was far too good to be true, with absolutely ZERO faults (for a teenage boy??) even for a Sparks’s character, but I couldn’t help but like him anyway. I was jealous of the mature decision making that Maggie and Bryce showed, and I know that if I had that level of common sense as a teenager my life would be much different today. Nicholas Sparks’ novels are always easy to read, with the beautiful North Carolina backdrop, and his words flow just as prettily as his settings. Delightful and heartwarming, the ending delivered an unexpected twist that fit perfectly with the heart-tugging plot. “The Wish” is a book about first loves, regrets, and coming to terms with who we are and the choices we’ve made alone the way, told the way only Nicholas Sparks can. Beautifully written, I expect “The Wish” to be another one of Sparks’ book-to-movie hits.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I haven't read a lot of Nicholas Sparks, but what I have read has been hit or meh. Never a miss though. Sparks has a way of climbing into your heart. I found The Wish to be a nice way to pass the time but the plot's extreme predictability (in my opinion) distracted away from those intense emotions Sparks is known to solicit. Still, the story showcases important subjects, and at its core, it is sweet and redemptive. Pretty perfect for its Christmas setting. If you're a Sparks fan, definitely chec I haven't read a lot of Nicholas Sparks, but what I have read has been hit or meh. Never a miss though. Sparks has a way of climbing into your heart. I found The Wish to be a nice way to pass the time but the plot's extreme predictability (in my opinion) distracted away from those intense emotions Sparks is known to solicit. Still, the story showcases important subjects, and at its core, it is sweet and redemptive. Pretty perfect for its Christmas setting. If you're a Sparks fan, definitely check it out. My favorite quote: "That was the thing about battling cancer. The waiting. So much of the last few years had been about waiting. Waiting for the appointment with the doctor. Waiting for the treatment. Waiting to feel better after the treatment. Waiting to see whether the treatment had worked. Waiting until she was well enough to try something new. Until her diagnosis, she viewed waiting for anything as an irritation. But waiting had slowly but surely become the defining reality of her life. Even now, she suddenly thought, here I am waiting to die."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I’m happy to say I throughly enjoyed this Sparks book! It really gave that heart wrenching story I crave from a Sparks book. I loved the past and present timelines and Marissa, the main character was truly one of my favorite characters. My only complaint is the chapters are extremely long which made it difficult for me to find a stopping point. I think Sparks fans will love absolutely love this book! Thanks to Edelweiss and Grand Central Publishing for my advanced ebook copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    THE WISH absolutely shredded my heart! Nicholas Sparks speaks to my heart with each and every novel he has written and THE WISH is no exception. What a beautiful story of second chances, love, guilt, family and fate. Nicholas Sparks owes me a box of tissues!! THE WISH is wonderful and is everything I fell in love with about his writing since my very first book by him. I found myself with tears streaming down my face while reading one scene and a big smile on my face during other scenes. I like b THE WISH absolutely shredded my heart! Nicholas Sparks speaks to my heart with each and every novel he has written and THE WISH is no exception. What a beautiful story of second chances, love, guilt, family and fate. Nicholas Sparks owes me a box of tissues!! THE WISH is wonderful and is everything I fell in love with about his writing since my very first book by him. I found myself with tears streaming down my face while reading one scene and a big smile on my face during other scenes. I like books that can make me feel something while reading them and this one certainly did. Maggie is 16 in 1996 when she is sent away to live with her aunt in the remote village of Ocracoke, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s a fairly lonely life. She does her schoolwork and helps clean the house, but she really misses her friends. It’s not long after she arrives that she becomes friends with Bryce, one of the few other teenagers on the island. My heart hurt for these two. Maggie, Bryce and her situation. The odds seemed stacked against these two at times, but I really rooted for them. In 2019, Maggie is a famous photographer who co-owns an NYC gallery. This is where she works when she’s not traveling the world. She is burdened with a serious medical diagnosis and knows she needs to hire an assistant for the gallery. As her condition worsens, she and the young man she hires develop a friendship, and she tells him the story of that Christmas in 1996, and its impact on her life. Now that I’m finished reading THE WISH I want to read it all over again!! It is a beautiful and emotional love story of past and present. It’s one of those books that will stick with you after you finish reading it. I’m sure it’s one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. THE WISH will surely pull at your heart strings and make it very hard for you to put down. If you are like me, you won’t be able to stop until you know what happens to Maggie, Bryce, and Mark. What would you do if God finally brought you your soulmate and then took him away? Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea get your favorite blanket and get on the couch. THE WISH is an awesome way to spend the afternoon or evening. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down and will find yourself cheering for Maggie as she tries to navigate her way through a very different and unique situation. Nicholas Sparks will pull you in from the very first page and never let you go! How a man can write such emotional and heart tugging contemporary romance is beyond me, but I have loved all of his books and he is forever one of my auto buy authors!

  15. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    I really really enjoyed this book. Nicholas Sparks has done it again. I love the back and forth time lines. Books and movies that have the before and after just take it up another notch. This story is about Maggie who goes back two decades to tell her story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana | She Said Yes to Books

    How are we supposed to be excited about a book we already know how it’s going to end by the second chapter? Besides, I love reading. Reading is my happy place. I don’t read to get depressed. I read to run far far away from depression. And this book is the depression itself in pages. I lost my father to cancer and reading this book was like reliving the nightmare he went through. I couldn’t finish it. Not only was it VERY depressing, but it was also boring and predictable. I don’t think this is a How are we supposed to be excited about a book we already know how it’s going to end by the second chapter? Besides, I love reading. Reading is my happy place. I don’t read to get depressed. I read to run far far away from depression. And this book is the depression itself in pages. I lost my father to cancer and reading this book was like reliving the nightmare he went through. I couldn’t finish it. Not only was it VERY depressing, but it was also boring and predictable. I don’t think this is a book for anyone who has been touched by cancer in some way. So fair warning ⚠️ cruel and brutal details of the disease described in minute detail. Can’t this author write a happy love story for once??? These depressing and sad stories are getting so old.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Well. I have read all of his books so far and I always loved them - sometimes so very much, sometimes not soo much. Most of them are very cry-festy. And this one was too. A bit too much for my tastes. There was no real romance. Yes, we get a sweet YA romance in the 1995 chapters, but it wasn't enough for me. Bryce was so amazing and then he didn't really happen anymore. And I really hate when people die in books. Especially the hero or heroine. I hate it. Why do we have to do this to our books?! Well. I have read all of his books so far and I always loved them - sometimes so very much, sometimes not soo much. Most of them are very cry-festy. And this one was too. A bit too much for my tastes. There was no real romance. Yes, we get a sweet YA romance in the 1995 chapters, but it wasn't enough for me. Bryce was so amazing and then he didn't really happen anymore. And I really hate when people die in books. Especially the hero or heroine. I hate it. Why do we have to do this to our books?! I want a real amazing love story next time Nicholas. And this was also way to church-go-y for my non-religious tastes! But I still loved reading it - I cried and I loved the people. But I want something a bit different next time! 💜 💜

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine Mott

    The Wish By: Nicholas Sparks 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Get your tissues ready. With every book Sparks pens he amazes me. When a young Maggie gets pregnant she is sent to live with an aunt. 🏡 Her aunt wants nothing but the best for her. She makes sure that Maggie has a tutor and stays up with her studies. She introduces her to a young man, Bryce whom Maggie befriends. They start to have feelings for each other, but their futures look very different. 🏡 Over the years they manage to write and their love is evident. T The Wish By: Nicholas Sparks 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Get your tissues ready. With every book Sparks pens he amazes me. When a young Maggie gets pregnant she is sent to live with an aunt. 🏡 Her aunt wants nothing but the best for her. She makes sure that Maggie has a tutor and stays up with her studies. She introduces her to a young man, Bryce whom Maggie befriends. They start to have feelings for each other, but their futures look very different. 🏡 Over the years they manage to write and their love is evident. Then the unthinkable happens. We know from the beginning that Maggie is suffering from inoperable cancer. 🏡 Maggie works at a gallery and hires a young man who becomes an assistant. Mark befriends Maggie and helps make her last months very memorable and they become close. #thewish, #nicholassparks, #grandcentralpublishing, #bookreview, #bookstagram, #stamperlady50

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Damn, I think it just might have been his best one yet. I’m seriously an emotional wreck. This is true “Nicholas Sparks at his best” level; think A Walk to Remember and Dear John, it was very similar to those two, and I just loved how well written it was, and how much it pulled at my heartstrings. I think Sparks books had kinda fallen to the wayside there for a few years, I didn’t enjoy three in a row that he had published, and then I really liked The Return last year so I was anxious to start t Damn, I think it just might have been his best one yet. I’m seriously an emotional wreck. This is true “Nicholas Sparks at his best” level; think A Walk to Remember and Dear John, it was very similar to those two, and I just loved how well written it was, and how much it pulled at my heartstrings. I think Sparks books had kinda fallen to the wayside there for a few years, I didn’t enjoy three in a row that he had published, and then I really liked The Return last year so I was anxious to start this new one.....and I truly believe he may have outdone himself here. It’s a story within a story formula that Sparks has used quite well before, and has a timeline of young 16 year old love in 1996 and a timeline of a woman spending her last Christmas on earth in 2019....and it just worked. So. Well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Nicholas Sparks' books are tremendously entertaining and this one definitely fits in that category. It is very much in the tradition of some of his other love stories and although there is some mystery involved regarding the central characters, I was able to accurately predict the final outcome about 50 pages in. Nevertheless, it totally grabs you. The only reason it took me a week to read is because I am also reading three other totally engrossing books at the same time and I was pretty busy wi Nicholas Sparks' books are tremendously entertaining and this one definitely fits in that category. It is very much in the tradition of some of his other love stories and although there is some mystery involved regarding the central characters, I was able to accurately predict the final outcome about 50 pages in. Nevertheless, it totally grabs you. The only reason it took me a week to read is because I am also reading three other totally engrossing books at the same time and I was pretty busy with other things. Why do I give 5 stars to this Nicholas Sparks novel? Because not only was it entertaining, but in this one Sparks says something--at least to me personally--about relationships that is deeply true. I have to believe that he must be writing about something very personal to him. If not, then he is just a really good writer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

    “It’s important to remember that none of us is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. All we can do is try to be the best version of ourselves as we move forward.” This was slow, wholesome, moving, and felt like home. Just like every other Nicholas Sparks book. You really don't get many surprises from them, and you could say they are predictable, but sometimes predictability is all you need, and his books never fail to make me feel secure and fluffy. Perfect for the upcoming season. ❤️ And even though “It’s important to remember that none of us is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. All we can do is try to be the best version of ourselves as we move forward.” This was slow, wholesome, moving, and felt like home. Just like every other Nicholas Sparks book. You really don't get many surprises from them, and you could say they are predictable, but sometimes predictability is all you need, and his books never fail to make me feel secure and fluffy. Perfect for the upcoming season. ❤️ And even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, and even though I already knew I would be moved towards the inevitably sad ending, listening to this as an audiobook was such a beautiful and relaxing experience. If you are in the mood for something like this, I definitely recommend it. It is slow, nothing much really happens, but it does make you feel good.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle B

    At just 16 years old, Maggie Dawes moves in with her aunt who lives on a remote island off the coast of North Carolina called Ocracoke. While deeply missing her old life, family, and friends she comes across one of the few young people that live on the island, Bryce Trickett. The two become fast friends and Bryce introduces Maggie to the art of photography. Fast forward 23 years and Maggie is now making a living by taking travel photographs. Her job takes her to many remote locations all around t At just 16 years old, Maggie Dawes moves in with her aunt who lives on a remote island off the coast of North Carolina called Ocracoke. While deeply missing her old life, family, and friends she comes across one of the few young people that live on the island, Bryce Trickett. The two become fast friends and Bryce introduces Maggie to the art of photography. Fast forward 23 years and Maggie is now making a living by taking travel photographs. Her job takes her to many remote locations all around the world and she is also running a successful art gallery at the same time. Everything changes for Maggie when she receives a devistating medical diagnosis. She hires a young helper, Mark, to continue with her business. Maggie relies on him heavily and over time the two become close. Maggie then tells Mark about the story of Ocracoke Island that changed her life forever! As I fully expected, Nicholas Sparks delivers a nearly perfect story in THE WISH. I loved this heartwarming story about hope, love, and life changing events. Get your tissue box ready, or maybe 2 boxes! This story will pull at your heart strings and make you smile and cry. I look forward to the next book by Nicholas Sparks. Honestly, I did not want this one to end. Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) on September 28, 2021.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Pensive, absorbing, and profoundly moving! The Wish is a beautifully written, touching novel that takes us into the life of Maggie Dawes as she spends her last Christmas savouring all the little things, enjoying time with those she loves, reaping as much pleasure and joy out of each day, and having no regrets before her battle with cancer comes to an end. The prose is eloquent and reflective. The characters are strong, compassionate, and endearing. And the plot is a compelling, highly emotional ta Pensive, absorbing, and profoundly moving! The Wish is a beautifully written, touching novel that takes us into the life of Maggie Dawes as she spends her last Christmas savouring all the little things, enjoying time with those she loves, reaping as much pleasure and joy out of each day, and having no regrets before her battle with cancer comes to an end. The prose is eloquent and reflective. The characters are strong, compassionate, and endearing. And the plot is a compelling, highly emotional tale of life, love, friendship, kindness, generosity, honesty, humour, contemplation, and acceptance. Overall, The Wish is a charming, insightful, bittersweet tale by Sparks that, unlike most of his books that usually make me a little teary, this one absolutely slayed me. I think there was more than once when tears were trickling down my face. However, saying that this is the most exquisite, good for the soul story I’ve read in a while, and I do hope everyone grabs a few tissues and picks this one up in any version, as the audiobook narrators, Mela Lee and Will Collyer are fabulous, and spends a few hours immersed in a story that is guaranteed to remind you that life is short and every moment is truly precious. Thank you to HBG Canada & Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Contemporary Women Fiction Publication Date: September 28, 2021 This is a story about talented photographer Maggie Dawes (39) who's struggling to come to terms with a skin cancer diagnosis. As she has to cope with her growing weakness, she finds herself more and more dependent on her young assistant Mark. To her surprise she begins to tell him the story of her teenager years from the 1990s—and the love that introduced her to photography, a passion that defined the rest of her life; she also has to Contemporary Women Fiction Publication Date: September 28, 2021 This is a story about talented photographer Maggie Dawes (39) who's struggling to come to terms with a skin cancer diagnosis. As she has to cope with her growing weakness, she finds herself more and more dependent on her young assistant Mark. To her surprise she begins to tell him the story of her teenager years from the 1990s—and the love that introduced her to photography, a passion that defined the rest of her life; she also has to face the decisions that have haunted her... I like how THE WISH remind you that good can come out of hard times; that there are lot of kindness around you when you open your heart. But this story also remind you that life is short and every moment is precious because you never know how many days are left for you or for your loved ones. I was drawn to Maggie's story. It was interesting to read about her as a 16-year-old pregnant teenager, and the woman she had become. I couldn't stop reading at the same time fearing approaching sad ending for Maggie... The present day chapters were difficult to read as story progressed. To be honest those past chapters were no easier as I knew what struggles she has to go through two decades later and I feared something bad will happen to Maggie's first love, Bryce as well. Lets say that there were too many things that were predictible although I hoped author won't go that path! This was bittersweet story of life, love, loss, friendship, lost chances and so much more. I think they should sell this book with extra large box of tissues included because there are lots of unhappy and sad moments! (view spoiler)[I hate that Sparks did something I dislike in my books -- no author should kill the main characters or put her through so much misery and loss. Okay, Maggie find peace in the end when she get her "wish". In a way she continue to live on in her child and his children. But there were still guilt and "If onlys" about things that could have gone so differently and could have changed lives of so many people. I read for relaxation and I don't need to be reminded how cruel cancer can be and that most often its still terminal illness with very painful ending for the cancer patient.... (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzzie

    Nicholas Sparks’ The Wish is a beautiful story. There is a bit of predictability but it does not take away from the story or reading experience. I found myself so engrossed that I read most of it in one sitting. This Nicholas Sparks addition is sad and beautiful. I highly recommend picking up this book for you and it will be the perfect gift for the holiday season for some of the readers on your Christmas list!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Summer Reads

    One of my reading goals for 2021 is to read more genres that I wouldn't usually read. Romance was one of those genres and since Nicholas Sparks is very popular with romance readers, I thought this would be the perfect book to start the genre with. In 1996, 16-year-old Maggie finds herself pregnant. Her parents decide to send Maggie to live with her aunt on a remote island called Ocracoke, North Carolina. Maggie’s aunt who is a former Nun hires Bryce to tutor Maggie for her schoolwork. Bryce and One of my reading goals for 2021 is to read more genres that I wouldn't usually read. Romance was one of those genres and since Nicholas Sparks is very popular with romance readers, I thought this would be the perfect book to start the genre with. In 1996, 16-year-old Maggie finds herself pregnant. Her parents decide to send Maggie to live with her aunt on a remote island called Ocracoke, North Carolina. Maggie’s aunt who is a former Nun hires Bryce to tutor Maggie for her schoolwork. Bryce and Maggie quickly become friends. After Maggie gives birth to a baby girl, she decides to give her daughter up for adoption. In 2019, Maggie has grown up to be a famous photographer. Recently she has become diagnosed with a terminal illness so she hires a young assistant, Mark, to help her with her work. Mark and Maggie instantly become very close. On Christmas Mark asks Maggie what she would most like as a Christmas gift. Her wish was that she could see the child she gave up for adoption many years ago. Grab your tissues, this is one heartbreaking and tear-jerker story(but in the best way)! Maggie’s story is both passionate and inspiring. I loved reading about her relationship with both Mark and Bryce. I also loved how Sparks made the towns that the characters lived in as a character in the story themselves. I absolutely can't wait to read more of Nicholas Sparks' works! I highly recommend this book to all romance fans especially those that are already fans of the author. A huge thanks to Grand Central Publishing for the gifted copy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!! The Wish was so good!! I have read many other books by Nicholas Sparks, but The Wish is the best one he has written. I absolutely adored this book, it was so heart touching. This novel had me hooked from the very first page, and I couldn't put it down. When I thought I knew what was going to happen I was completely wrong. The Wish destroyed my heart with each page, I was a sobbing mess. 1996 was the year that changed Maggie Dawes's life forever. At the age of 16 Maggie was sent OH MY GOSH!!!!!! The Wish was so good!! I have read many other books by Nicholas Sparks, but The Wish is the best one he has written. I absolutely adored this book, it was so heart touching. This novel had me hooked from the very first page, and I couldn't put it down. When I thought I knew what was going to happen I was completely wrong. The Wish destroyed my heart with each page, I was a sobbing mess. 1996 was the year that changed Maggie Dawes's life forever. At the age of 16 Maggie was sent away to live with her aunt in Ocracoke, North Carolina because of personal reasons. Maggie has a sister Morgan who she thinks that her parents favor. Maggie is nothing like Morgan at all. Maggie doesn't think she doesn't belong in Ocracoke because it's such a small island, and she thinks there's no one her age around. When Maggie is on a ferry ride with her aunt Linda, she meets Bryce Trickett, he's one of the few teenagers on the island as well. When Maggie is sent away she's not allowed to tell her friends why she's being sent away. When Maggie arrives in Ocracoke she can only think of the friends and family she's left behind in Seattle. Bryce shows Maggie around the town, he also tutors Maggie for school, and shows her the love of photography, which she instantly falls in love with. When Maggie got to Ocracoke she was failing all her classes and not doing very well, her aunt Linda was fairly worried about her so she wants Bryce to help Maggie. By 2019, Maggie is a renowned photographer. Maggie owns a gallery and lives in New York. Maggie is also suffering from a personal medical diagnosis which leaves her not to be able to always be at work. Maggie hires Mark, Luanne, and Trinity to help her out at the gallery when she can't be there. During the Christmas season Maggie and Mark stay behind, and Maggie tells Mark the story of her life in Ocracoke. Bryce and Maggie were such sweet people, my heart broke for Maggie throughout the whole story. Maggie will always remain in my heart. All I can say is have a box of tissues ready because this novel will destroy you. I'm so happy I picked up this novel it was that good!! I often found myself wanting to hug Aunt Linda, Maggie and Bryce, they touched me so much!! Mark seemed like such a sweet soul also.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Was so excited to have the chance to check this out from my library shelf. Highly anticipated Nicholas Sparks book. It felt like one of his original books and I enjoyed the characters. Quick read even with the longer chapters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    I want to start out by saying this is the first time I have actually read a Nicholas Sparks book, sure I have seen many of the movies that have been made from his books but I hadn't read them before hand, and now I know what I have been missing. THE WISH takes us on an emotional journey from present day (2019) and back to 1996 when Maggie's life changed drastically. I have to admit to shedding more than a few tears while reading this book. I loved the way this story was told, very reminiscent to I want to start out by saying this is the first time I have actually read a Nicholas Sparks book, sure I have seen many of the movies that have been made from his books but I hadn't read them before hand, and now I know what I have been missing. THE WISH takes us on an emotional journey from present day (2019) and back to 1996 when Maggie's life changed drastically. I have to admit to shedding more than a few tears while reading this book. I loved the way this story was told, very reminiscent to the way THE NOTEBOOK was told, a story within a story. In present time Maggie is dealing with a medical diagnosis which keeps her home during the Christmas Holiday instead of traveling to remote places to take pictures for which she is famously known. During this time she tells her assistant about herself, especially the time when she found herself pregnant at sixteen years old and what happened when her parents sent her to live with her Aunt in Ocracoke, North Carolina. We learn about the boy she met there and how she fell in love with photography. OMG I am starting to tear up again, this is why it has taken so long for me to complete my review. I read this book over a month ago and it's still packing a punch. I don't think there is enough praise I can give this book. I really hope that this will be turned into a movie like many of Nicholas Spark's books have been. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance, or if you are just looking to loose yourself in a good holiday read this one is for you. Happy Reading!!! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/NBReviewTW **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

    This story is perfection..sadness…joy…longing…love…heartbreak. It will have you hopeful and in tears.

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