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Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Title: What You Wish For
AuthorKatherine Center
Year Published: 2020

Category: Adult fiction
Pages: 352
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (TX)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school—and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.

As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.

Review: This is my third Katherine Center book and I was really looking forward to it. Her other books that I've read are Things You Save in a Fire and How to Walk Away, which were both good. And, I love the covers; they make me happy. And she graduated from Vassar College, where my daughter attends, so there's also that. Oh, and there is a character named Helen and a store called Murdochs so I really felt connected to this book.

I read this book in one day; it captured my attention from page one and didn't let go. I liked the characters and could understand where each of them came from (though Sam did drive me a bit nuts). I love that Sam is a librarian and that the book takes place at a school with a faculty that are close and caring. Seeing Duncan come in and start to wreck it all made me so mad.

I can't tell you about the events at the end because it will ruin the story for you, but let's just say I stayed up past midnight with tears on my face so that I could finish it. This story is about friendship, family, and when they become one and the same.

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