Twenty Wishes

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What Anne Marie Roche wants is to find happiness again. At thirtyeight, she's childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there's a feeling of emptiness.

On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...hope. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.

Anne Marie's list includes learning to knit, falling in love again, doing good for someone else. When she volunteers at a local school, an eightyearold girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involvingand far more importantthan Anne Marie had ever imagined.

As Ellen helps Anne Marie complete her list of twenty wishes, they both learn that wishes can come true...but not necessarily in the way you expect.

Customer Reviews:

  • Twenty wishes
    Book arrived in a timely fashion and in the condition noted by the seller......more info
  • Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street)
    Loved this book. Enjoyed and looking forward to reading the others to come. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors. Great read....more info
  • Lightweight story set in Seattle in a bookstore
    Usually I give what is known as 'chick lit' a very wide berth when I am picking out my reading material. Longtime author Debbie Macomber writes novels set in the Pacific Northwest, one of my favourite spots, and tend to write about women who are facing change in their lives, with nearly everything solved by page 300 with a very light touch and containing nothing to offend anyone.

    This time, the story is set on a fictional street in Seattle by the name of Blossom Street, each novel centered on a shop, and the entrepreneur who runs it, along with various friends, relations and customers. Anne Marie Roche is dealing with the sudden death of her husband, a man that she had deferred to for most of their life together. Now all she has is just her bookstore and her memories. Among those lingering regrets is that she and Robert never had a child together, and it's something that haunts Anne Marie.

    To help combat the loneliness, she has gathered together several friends on that dreaded holiday of Valentines day, and they plan a celebration of widowhood with champagne -- Vueve Cliquot of course -- and as a way of coping, decide that each of them will create a list of Twenty Wishes, of all the things that they've wanted to do or experience or have that they haven't been able to.

    Two of the widows, Lillie and Barbie, lost their husbands in a plane crash, and have been able to keep their relationship as mother and daughter-in-law intact over the years. For Lillie, it?s been hard coping with her loss, knowing that her husband was unfaithful to her, and the marriage down to a very tepid simmer. Barbie struggles with the loneliness of being widowed, and at loose ends, as it were. Both women want to be with someone again, and this time around they both find it with men who are very different.

    But most of the story centers around Anne Marie. She volunteers at a local elementary school, becoming a Lunch Buddy with a little girl, Ellen, who is withdrawn and very quiet. It's a daunting task for Anne Marie, but when she brings her Yorkshire Terrier, Baxter, to meet Ellen, it's love at first sight for both the dog and the little girl. Being around Ellen manages to soothe Anne Marie's hunger for a child, and the pair develop a deep bond ? especially when Ellen's grandmother ends up in the hospital, and Anne Marie finds that her impulsive gesture to help may lead to much more than she expected?

    Macomber takes a look at unusual relationships here, especially with the two men that Lillie and Barbie meet. Lillie finds herself falling for an auto mechanic who is Hispanic to boot, and it's a look at class and money differences. As for Barbie, she meets Mark, a quadriplegic at a movie theatre; and Mark is a man with one huge chip on his shoulder where other people are concerned. I do confess that it was good to show a character with physical disabilities in a novel, an occurrence that doesn't happen very often, and showing that they can have happy, healthy relationships was a real plus with this novel.

    On the downside, you know that there is pretty much a simple plot here, no great emotional entanglements, and lots of emotional hand wringing and angst. But by the end, everything is solved and has a happy ending. To say that this feels very contrived is an understatement. There isn't a lot of character depth here, nor are there any suspenseful moments, or any real problems. It seems that everyone of the characters is well off ? enough to where they?re not worrying about money, bills or mortgages.

    Namely, I can't stand this sort of fiction, tending to want something more involved and plot driven. The only reason that I started with the Blossom Street novels was that they had started in a knitting shop, with a cancer survivor, and being that I do quite a bit of messing around with fiber arts, I thought to give it a go. In previous novels, the author was kind enough to tuck a knitting pattern into the story at the end, which was the only reason why I kept on reading them. That and the setting of Seattle -- a city where I had grown up near -- were the real draw of the books. Unfortunately, there isn't any sort of knitting pattern in here, only an advertisement in the back of the book for the pattern books and a host of knitting supplies.

    If you're into knitting, I would rather suggest the collection of knitting patterns that are derived from this series and released by Leisure Arts books.

    I can only give this one three stars, as the writing is so simplistic that it induces yawns. Great for those nights that you have insomnia, but not so good if you want a good read. Only somewhat recommended ? fans of Macomber will enjoy it, but it also leaves a lot to be desired. ...more info
  • And They All Lived Happily Ever After
    Just when I was beginning to enjoy this series, along comes this book that makes me wonder "what was I thinking"

    Being almost 40, Anne Marie a local bookstore owner needs something to spark up her life. During a separation from her husband who refuses to have a child with her Ann Marie's world is rocked when he suddenly dies and there is no child for her, no resolution to her feeling of unfulfillment.

    As a way to not feel lonely on Valentine's Anne Marie invites over other widow's who all decided to make a list of twenty things that they would each like to accomplish, dreams that they had, but were never realized. In an attempt to realize one of her dreams she becomes a lunch buddy to a struggling eight year old who is being raised by her grandmother. This one act of kindness will spark Anne Marie in the direction that she has always wished to journey.

    With a cast of characters that really don't have anything in common, each story surrounds their own lives, the wishes really are not an important part of the story and then they all live happily ever after - in typical Macomber fashion.
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  • Not bad, but not great either
    As with any other Debbie Macomber book I've read, this is an easy read. I liked the characters but the storyline was so predictable that it was almost pointless to continue. It's what some people refer to as chick lit which I don't normally read. IMO, it's even too predictable for chick lit! It's okay if you want a mindless read at the cottage or beside a roaring fire in the winter. Just don't expect any surprises.
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  • Delightful
    I really, truly enjoy this series and this installment continues that tradition. It is very light reading, but a lot of fun at the same time. I read the book in a 24-hour period and couldn't put it down. The characters are people you find you care about and the story is good (plus this one actually makes you think). The concept of 20 wishes is intriging and I assume that many, many readers will adopt this concept and make it their own. It would be very interesting to know just how many people pursue a wish as a result of reading this book.

    If you enjoy the Mitford series, Phil Gulley's books or the Miss Julia books and are looking for other authors to try, this would be a good choice for you.

    If you haven't read any of the books in this series, I would recommend you start at the beginning because I think that would be most enjoyable. However, you could pick this one up and read it independently of the others since it does stand alone. I would also recommend "Suzanna's Garden" even though it isn't considered one of this series, I view it as one of them.

    Relax, get on your porch swing or hammock and settle in for a pleasant read !...more info
  • Wonderful
    I have all of Debbie Macombers Books and love the ladies. The twenty wishes is very good makes you want to make a list. This book is for all ages but especially creative folks.What she is doing is making you think about your life and that is a good way to start.The knitting series was the first books I got started with. So give this book a read well worth it. Bonnie from Waynesville North Carolina...more info
  • If you're wishing for a good read, try this
    Anne Marie Roche has invited 3 other widows to join her for a special Valentine's Day party. The women offer one another support and they come up with an idea which will focus their attention on possibilities for their future rather than on losses of the past. They each begin a list of 20 wishes which they feel would put fun, excitement, and fulfillment into their empty lives. Although each of them has something that they are seeking, they are all surprised by how their wishes turn out. Before long, the endings to each woman's story become pretty predictable, but getting there will be fun and enjoyable for readers....more info
  • Twenty Wishes
    This is terribly light even for a summer read. The only reason it gets 2 stars is because of its happy ending....more info
  • Good book.
    I really liked this book. It made me realize that no matter what happens you shouldn't give up hope or stop wishing.

    I like the fact that Debbie Macomber is able to weave characters that have flaws and problems just like the rest of us but they aren't so over the top that you don't believe them.

    She also gives you updates about characters in previous Bloomsom Street books and works them into the story. It was like hanging out with old friends and making new ones....more info
  • Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
    Another great book! She can't write them fast enough, everything this lady writes is excellent. Her storylines are so real that her readers can identify with them. I'm looking forward to her next one, no matter which series I read them all and I've always been equally pleased. I'm a huge fan and look forward to adding to my collection of her books. ...more info
  • Debbie Macomber's best
    I've read almost all of Debbie's books and I believe this to be the very best. It has all of the heart and soul you've come to expect in a Debbie Macomber book, and if you've liked her books in the past, you will love this one. I absolutely recommend it to every woman who reads to feel uplifted and just a little bit better about life. If you read it, I bet you'll be making your own wish list as soon as you finish the last page. ...more info
  • 4 stars
    The widows of Blossom Street are not dying, but they decide to make up what movie goers would now call a Bucket List, but they call them wish lists. Each one is to compose twenty wishes that they have always wanted to do and fulfill them. Whether it's bowling, learning to knit, to read Jane Austen, or have a child, each one sets out on her mission, often with unexpected results. For example, Barbie proves she is not as shallow as her name might imply in her choice of who to fall in love with, though the object of her affection is very challenging to love. Anne Marie's journey is the one most fraught with personal battles. First, she's confronted by the fact that her late husband betrayed her, in multiple ways. And now, she wants to have the child long denied her, but is it too late?

    **** This is a book that will make you look at your own life and perhaps inspire you as well to compose your own list. The ladies involved prove you don't need to be dying to have one, just a desire to live more fully. ****

    Amanda Killgore...more info
  • Blossom Street Rules!
    I love all of Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street books. Such touching stories about believable characters....more info
  • Just a Wonderful Story!
    I have read just about all of Debbie Macomber's books and I can't think of one book that has disappointed me, and again Twenty Wishes was not a disappointment.

    Debbie Macomber created a wonderful story around a group of widows that meet on Valentine's Day and start a list of Twenty Wishes. The list includes those wishes that each always wanted to do. For example, Lillie wants to find a good and decent man that she may fall in love with. Anne Marie needs a child, etc. There have been numerous synopses of the book so I won't go into detail, except to add that the author does an excellent portrayal of that beautiful city of Seattle. This is "feel good" story so relax, and enjoy this wonderful book.

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  • Light but makes you think
    As another reviewer pointed out, Debbie Macomber is no Tolstoy. She writes light, feel-good books that are about real people.

    "20 Wishes" was a book that was a quick, easy, fully satisfying read that made me think: how intentionally am I living my life?

    Ever year, I say, "oh I wish I had learned to do thus and such" or visited this or that...but I don't.

    So, I'm doing it...I'm working on my 20 wishes. It's really fun to just sit down and write down 20 things you'd like to do, not have to do or need to do, but things that fill me with a little kid's excitement!

    Thanks, Debbie!!!...more info
  • Twenty Wishes
    THis is one great book. I love all the books that go with the Blossom Street series.
    This is a must buy....more info
  • Debbie Macomber's book "Twenty Wishes"
    I am a fan of Debbie Macomber's books, especially the angel ones and the Blossom Street series (so far). "Twenty Wishes" is next on my list to be read. I have many of her books, and like the Blossom Street series, and will then move on to her Cedar Cove series of books, and am hoping for more of the same pleasant reading. I do hope for more angel books, please, Debbie: they are always "Feel Good" reads....more info
  • Good business
    Another Blossom Street novel--if you liked the others, you will like this one. The seller was prompt and the book was as described. The idea of a list of twenty wished is a good one as long as you can recognize out-of-the-box results. ...more info
  • A must read!
    The "Blossom Street" books are by far Debbie McComber's best books. When I began reading this one I was so disappointed that she wasn't taking us through the lives of the characters of the past books, but in the end I was deeply fulfilled and satisfied with the book. It was so good I cried!...more info
  • Outstanding!
    What an outstanding book. No, it isn't a classic that is deep and riveting. It is a cozy book about women and overcoming our limitations that the mind has set. After 4 widows meet on Valentine's Day, they agree it would be fun to make a list of 20 wishes. Things they were longing to do, NOT had to do.

    Each chapter has a different person's point of view and their thinking of their wish list. The characters are so personable, you feel like if you saw them on the street that you could hug them -- like bumping into an old friend. That is how well Debbie writes.

    I wish more Blossom Street series books were coming out SOON! One can only hope! ...more info
  • Twenty Wishes(Blossom Street #4) by Debbie Macomber
    I found this book to be another great one in the Blossom Street series. Now waiting for No. 5! Hopefully there will be one and very soon. I love the way the author brings in new characters, along with all the old ones from each previous book in the series. Definitely could read each book all on it's own but oh so much more enjoyable when you read the whole series.

    I also share these women's and the author's passion for yarn and knitting. I only wish they were real and the A Good Yarn Shop was real and located near my home in a very small town in Maine so I could join them.
    Keep up the good work, Ms. Macomber!!...more info
  • Heartfelt Wishes can be Beautiful!!
    This book was highly recommended by one of's top reviewers and although I wasn't "bowled over", I am glad that I read it - it was a charming tale of what can happen when likeminded people - although bonded by grief come together and make plans to change their lives for the better.

    Anne Marie is a thirty-eight year old widow finding it difficult to escape the depression brought upon by her husband's death, and the knowledge that he cheated on her - add poignancy to the fact that shortly before his death, they had decided to try and re-unite. Having never had children because of her husband's wishes, Anne Marie finds herself alone, except for the faithful companionship of her beloved dog, Baxter.

    She finds pride in running her bookshop on Blossom Street - apparently the place-to-be in a Debbie Macomber series. This is the first book of hers that I've read and I found her story well paced and the characters interesting but her writing style is just a little too "pat" for my tastes, although judging by Macomber's huge following - I think it will be okay if I take a pass on future stories. Despite these reservations, this was a clear, fast paced read and I especially enjoyed the character of Ellen - a little girl that Anne Marie is paired up with in a "Lunch Buddies" program. This was just one piece of advice given to Anne Marie at the "widows" meetings that she and the other widows familiar with Blossom Street attend. She's told that one way to help lessen her depression might be to get out there and do something good for someone else. Anne Marie is a little hesitant to get too involved in the quiet, shy little girl's life, but finds that her heart opens to the small girl and that she does find a way to take solace in her problems in light of focusing on helping Ellen.

    Anne Marie gets a chance to face one particular "demon" head-on when dealing with her step-daughter, Melissa, now a troubled young woman that needs her help. Anne-Marie can't help but mistrust Melissa's motives when all of their past dealings have been disastrous - in this way the two come together to heal some of the bad blood that exists between them and they find their way to heal after Anne Marie's husband's death.

    I do find the idea of keeping a list of "wishes" - all of your hearts' delight - and I think it's a great way to make improvements in your 0life. Anne Marie finds that in chronicling and updating her wishes as she makes them come true, she is able to find what she's wanted most and the novel ends with her about to achieve another heartfelt wish and she has someone she loves to share it with.

    The cover art on this book is lovely and gives readers a glimpse of the bookshop and Anne Marie's buddy Baxter and makes you "wish" for a well padded arm chair and rows and rows of good "friends" - your own favorite books.
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  • Great Idea, but Some Characters Need Development
    JT (San Diego, Ca)

    I loved the concept but I felt it unnecessary to have so many characters. The ending was a little predictable, but the book was in general. Still, a nice read that makes you think about making your own list....more info
  • Relaxing, Enjoyable Reading
    Curl up on the couch a rainy day, or in a beach chair at the shore, or in front of the fireplace, because this book will transport you to a very pleasant place: Blossom Street in Seattle. If you've read any of Debbie's recent books, you may recognize some of the familiar characters from Blossom Street. But this novel can definitely stand on its own. Anne Marie is a thirtysomething widow and owner of Blossom Street Books. She and some friends get together one day, and each person decides to make a list of twenty things they would like to do someday. It's fun to see how many of the wishes are fulfilled, though often not in the way the person expected. A perfect choice for relaxing and enjoyable reading....more info
  • Debbie Macomber pulled me into her world less than a year ago and now I can't get enough
    Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

    Anne Marie Roche is floundering. After the recent loss of her estranged husband, she has no family except her beloved dog. She owns a successful book store on Blossom Street, but even so, feels something is missing in her life. The highlight of her life is the bond she developed with several other widowed women who frequent her book store.

    Now, on Valentine's day, Anne Marie and her friends Lillie Higgins and her daughter Barbie Foster, and Elise Beaumont make a pact. Each will compile a list of Twenty Wishes for things they want to but have never done. One of the items on Anne Marie's list, to do good for someone else, leads her into a relationship with a third-grade girl, Ellen, and a new life she never imagined. Sometimes, wishes really do come true in the most unlikely of ways.

    Twenty Wishes is a heart-warming story about finding your greatest desire in the last place you'd ever expect to find it. Anne is in a funk and while resistant at first, being drawn into the lunch buddy program at a local school makes a world of difference. Ellen is a delightful girl who is in an unfortunate situation. Anne Marie's relationship with Ellen changes Anne Marie in so many ways when circumstances thrust Ellen into her life more fully than Anne Marie wanted. Yet with time, Anne Marie learns to open her heart once more and gradually blossoms into the woman she is meant to be, all because of young Ellen.

    Elise does not play a very large part in the story, her role being more about encouraging Anne Marie to step out of her sheltered life. However, it was wonderful to get to visit with Elise and see how she's fared since her husband Maverick died. (See A Good Yarn.) Lillie and Barbie though each get their own story. Lillie and Barbie have always been close but losing their husbands at the same time in the same accident forms an even stronger bond as they helped each other deal with the grief. Both are ready to love again and they each find it in the one place they never would have imagined.

    Lillie and Barbie have their own challenges to face. Lillie finds herself falling for a kindly gentleman who just happens to be the salesman who sold her the brand new red sports car she had on her own wish list. The differences in their social classes causes Lillie to fear what the other high-society women she knows would think about her affair with a lowly working class man. Barbie finds herself inexplicably attracted to a surly wheelchair bound man she meets at the movie theater. Her own challenges involve getting him to come out of his shell and let go of the bitterness that has engulfed him since he became physically impaired. These two romantic relationships cause friction between Lillie and Barbie, forcing them to re-evaluate their lives to determine what truly matters to them in the end.

    What can I say? Debbie Macomber pulled me into her world less than a year ago with one book and now I can't get enough! Twenty Wishes, a part of the Knitting series, brings us back to the lovely little street of Blossom Street, and all its wonderful residents. However, while knitting does come into play a little bit, the focus here is Anne Marie's book store rather than A Good Yarn. I did miss visiting with Lydia though she does make an appearance here, but I enjoyed getting to know Anne Marie and company immensely. I had to wonder while reading, just how many other women who read Twenty Wishes, will be inspired to develop their own wish lists and change their lives. I know I started thinking of what my own twenty wishes would be. It is absolutely impossible not to be moved by any story Debbie Macomber writes and Twenty Wishes just reinforces my belief that she is one of the most amazingly talented authors I have ever had the pleasure of encountering.

    ? Kelley A. Hartsell, June 2008. All rights reserved....more info
  • Very Enjoyable- Make your 20 wishes now!
    The Blossom Street books are Macombers best in my opinion, and this book did not disappoint me. I had myself making my own list of 20 wishes well before the end of the book. It was nice to have the characters from the other books in the series 'pop in', and equally nice to have new ones to boot. This is the perfect summer read.

    The widows who meet together as a book club are all interesting characters, that all of us can relate to. After all, who can predict the unexpected twists that life can bring? It is nice to be able to think about that, and think about what we might really wish to have happen or to do in our own lives. ...more info
  • Very Good!
    I loved this book! I found all the characters interesting and believeable. I especially enjoyed the adoption story line, as I am an adoptive parent....more info
  • ...although I *did* cry...
    One of *my* twenty wishes would be to interview all of the people who bought copies of this book, making it a NYTimes Bestseller. I'd really love to know 1) Why they bought it, 2) What they really thought of it after reading it, and 3) What other fiction they read. As a writer, I'm utterly fascinated at how there can be such a chasm between this, and say, a 'literary fiction' award winner. As I was reading it...strictly for research purposes...I was shaking my head in wonder. Because this is exactly the sort of writing that all writing instructors teach people NOT to produce. In fact, it could be the basis of a great course: 'How Not to Write'.

    Without grace.

    Don't get me wrong: the underlying themes here are valid. But Macomber writes like an earnest high schooler, explaining everything, telegraphing everything, so clearly wanting to tell a particular story and announcing to the reader exactly what that story is all along...

    Let's put it this way: if this had been a movie, everyone would have walked out. Everywhere. It would make a 'Hallmark' movie-of-the-week seem like high-art.

    But yes, I did cry. I'm a romantic at heart, so there were passages that triggered emotional reactions in me. However, those reactions were not due to any craft, any dexterity, any deftness of touch on the author's part. She could have been executing stick-people cartoons and I might have cried.

    I'm happy that so many people got so much out of this novel. A further wish of mine would be to read this as it might have been done by a writer of greater abilities. Even Nicholas Sparks would have taken it to a better place, offering up nuance, subtlety, a chance for the reader to actively participate in the process, instead of being so utterly spoon-fed, with Pablum all over their clothes in the end.

    I'm glad there's a market for Macomber's work. Every writer deserves an audience. Clearly, she's found hers. Another wish granted. ...more info
  • Twenty Wishes
    Wonderful Book...If you are not a fan of Debbie Macomber you will be after reading this book...I would however, recommend you start from the beginning by reading The Shop on Blossom Street first and continue through the Blossom Street series until you get to Twenty Wishes...they are all great books....more info
  • I just loved this book
    I just loved this book. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started to read it. I just loved the 20 wishes and could wait to find out what happend to all of the women. It makes me want to write my own list. Blossom St sound like a wonderful place to live, I would move there in a minute if it exsited. It made me feel your never to old for a new beginning.
    I recommend this book to any one who needs a reason to feel good....more info
  • I want to live on Blossom Street!
    This is my first review so please bear with me! I am a new Debbie Macomber fan and have just recently gotten into her Blossom Street books! They take me back to a time where everyone knew everyone in your neighborhood, kids could play outside and not be hurt, and the little shopping area in your town.

    "Twenty Wishes" is the 4th installment of the series and she is doing great keeping up with all the characters. Usually in series books they don't keep up with other characters when they try to concentrate on one.

    The list idea reminds me of "The Bucket List"-and it has inspired me to create my own.

    I highly recommend this book-especially if you want to find out what is going on in Lillie and Barbie's lives at the moment. A good and quick read....more info
  • Can A Light-Hearted Summer Read Change Your Life?
    Debbie Macomber doesn't write heavy Russian novels with tragic heroines and deep, multi-layered plots. She writes novels that appeal to millions of ordinary women. So why do I think this simply delightful book could change your life? It's because she compels you to do one tiny little thing---make a list of twenty things you want to do in life. She invites you to celebrate hope, to fill that nagging void in your life, and to tell your brain the secrets of your heart.

    Anne Marie Roche, the widowed owner of Blossom Street Books, invites three other widows to celebrate with her what could have been a sad Valentine's Day for all four. At thirty-eight, Anne Marie still longs for the child she never had. Her husband Robert already had a family when she married him and he had no desire to start another and be mistaken for his child's grandfather.

    The other widows are Barbie Foster, forty-something mother of twin boys, who lost both her husband and father in the same fatal plane crash; her mother, Lillie Higgins, a sixtyish society matron; and Elise Beaumont, a retired librarian who'd reconnected with her husband after thirty years apart, only to lose him again after three.

    While Lillie and Barbie set about accomplishing their lists with gusto, Anne Marie moves a bit slower and needs the guiding hand of Elise to steer her on a quest to find one good thing about her life. A Lunch Buddy program at the local school leads her to Ellen, a shy eight-year-old, and to a surprisingly rewarding life that includes knitting, dancing in the rain, and the trip to Paris she has always wanted to take. Anne Marie's life fills with happiness and love, not in the way she imagined it would, but in a way that will leave the reader deeply satisfied. (You'll probably also fall in love with Baxter, her tail-wagging Yorkshire terrier pictured on the cover and charming from beginning to end).

    What these four women learn about love and life, but mostly about themselves, will have you turning the pages and cheering for them. Most of all, it will set your brain spinning about the things you want to accomplish in your own life. Don't be surprised to find that by the time you finish the book you'll have your own list of twenty wishes.

    ...more info
  • Sweet
    One can always count on Debbie Macomber's books to make you feel good. She is the only romance writer whom I read (and only her knitting books) and I always feel so content when I finish one. I love the setting in Seattle, even though I have never been there - she makes me feel like I have. Her characters are realistic and well described too. Looking forward to the next already!...more info
  • A feel-good story about love, forgiveness, and the possibilities of new beginnings
    Thirty-eight-year old Anne Marie Roche's husband Robert died less than a year ago, while the couple was in the midst of reconciling from a painful separation. During her marriage, Anne Marie dreamed of becoming a mother. But Robert, who had been married before and had a daughter and son by his first wife, wanted no part of her dream of motherhood. Now, Anne Marie not only mourns the loss of her spouse, she also grieves for the child they never had together.

    As the owner of the popular and successful Blossom Street Books, her days are filled meeting her customers' needs, spoiling Baxter, her beloved Yorkie, and spending time with her friends. Yet she yearns for happiness and desperately feels the need to do something more with her life.

    On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several of her widowed friends get together to celebrate their friendship and console one another over lost loves. They also begin to make lists of 20 things they've always wanted to do but never pulled off. The lists of 20 wishes are as varied as the women writing them down. Lillie wants to "fall in love with an honorable man." At the top of Anne Marie's list is "Find one good thing about life."

    When a friend mentions the satisfaction she receives from being a "Lunch Buddy" for a student at a local school, Anne Marie decides to volunteer for the program herself. Her previous relationship as a stepmother to her stepdaughter Melissa wasn't a pleasant experience, so she's not quite sure how to act around Ellen, the eight-year-old girl she is paired with for lunch. After sharing a meal with Ellen in the school cafeteria, Anne Marie realizes that volunteering to be a friend to this child is quite rewarding and uplifting.

    But when Anne Marie returns home, she receives a message from her troubled stepdaughter telling her they need to talk. Later, after receiving distressing news about Robert from Melissa, Anne Marie begins to doubt if she will ever be able to find one good thing about life at all.

    Debbie Macomber knows how to connect with her readers. In TWENTY WISHES she has created a novel with sympathetic and realistic characters who care deeply about others and have a zest for life. It is a feel-good story about forgiveness, love and new beginnings.

    --- Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt...more info
  • Nice easy read
    Debbie Macomber writes a feel good story revolving on Blossom Street. It's easy to read and enjoyable....more info
  • Twenty Wishes
    The Blossom Street series is one of my favorite series by this author. She brings women together with one common thread. Literally! and again and again teaches the gift of friendship. This novel is based on a wonderful idea of 20 Wishes and brings joy and love to women who have each suffered unbearable sorrow. ...more info
  • Love Story
    I just love reading Debbie McComber's books on Blossom Street. This was one of the greatest written. I like how she inter-twines the charaters. I have read most all the her books....more info
  • Breezy summer read
    I enjoyed this book, however it wasn't one of my favorites by Debbie Macomber. I enjoy the positive endings to all of her books, they give you a cozy feel. I feel like I have walked the streets of Seattle (even though I've never been). Her descriptions give you plenty to go on as far as setting is concerned. I gave this one a 3 because as much as I like Debbie's writing, this book was a bit too breezy for me. I like a little bit of grit and this book just didn't have it. Its worth reading, its just not the page turner I'm used to from Debbie Macomber....more info
  • Such a wonderful 5-star read
    There are a few things that I know when I settle into my favorite chair to read one of Debbie Macomber's books: sleep is overrated, popcorn is considered a dinner delicacy in some circles and finally, I know this book's gonna be great!

    With Twenty Wishes - A Blossom Street Book, Macomber does it again, creating a heartwarming story about four widows: Anne Marie Roche, Elise Beaumont, and the mother/daughter duo of Lillie Higgins and Barbie Foster. Together these four choose to celebrate Valentine's Day embracing their friendship, and end up leaving with a new way to look at life, with a list of twenty wishes.

    As the women dance on packing bubbles, eat chocolate and drink champagne, they begin tossing out ideas on what they could do to get out of the slump they've all been feeling since the loss of their loved ones. Soon the idea of twenty wishes takes flight, and for Anne Marie means, "Twenty dreams written down. Twenty possibilities that would give her a reason to look toward the future instead of staying mired in her grief."

    Finding one good thing about life tops the list for Anne Marie. So at the urging of Elise, Anne Marie accepts an invitation to volunteer as a lunch buddy at a local elementary school and befriends little eight-year-old Ellen. As the friendship blossoms, Anne Marie shares with Ellen the idea behind her wish book and Ellen creates her own wish list. Soon they are venturing into uncharted waters, daring to dream dreams and realizing that sometimes wishes do come true.

    What I love about Twenty Wishes is the hope-inspired feeling that resonates through each character. From beginning to end, I am uplifted, encouraged and positively charged with the notion that life has so much good to offer. I love how Macomber prompts us to believe that even if we've been through horrible heartaches such as in losing a loved one, that we too can make a change in ourselves and in the lives around us to create a new and brighter future with just one wish.

    Armchair Interviews says: Debbie Macomber does it again-with great style! ...more info