Title: The January Wish
Author: Juliet Madison
Opening lines: ‘…Dr Sylvia Greene had never done anything like this before in her life …’
THE JANUARY WISH is set in Tarrin’s Bay which is a fictional town based on the author’s home town of Kiama. Sylvia is a local GP and neat freak, a place for everything and everything in its place, so it is a surprise to her that she acts on an impulse and joins the throngs to make a wish at the annual wishing festival held in Miracle Park each January. Sylvia makes a wish that she can find out what happened to the daughter she gave up for adoption eighteen years previously when she was sixteen. The fact that she has a child has been a deeply kept secret and only her best friend, the child’s father and her parents know the truth. The wish comes true a few days later when her daughter Grace Forrester turns up in the beachside town looking for her birth mother. Something that Sylvia embraces happily. There is another new arrival in town; Mark Bastian is a Naturopath and joins the clinic where Sylvia works to set up an alternative practice. Mark is there to compliment the medical profession but Sylvia thinks it is all rubbish and can do more harm than good. So of course you just know that there is going to be a romance between these two. The romance is really very much in the background, the focus is on Grace who is going through a transitional period after the death of her mother, and Sylvia who has reached a cross roads and feels that she is missing out on something, which is her daughter. Mark is the link between them as he helps Grace with some medical issues and while his relationship grows with Sylvia.
THE JANUARY WISH is a feel good story that is well written and quick to read. It tackles some very heavy issues without being preachy. Sylvia, Mark and Grace all have baggage in their past which need to come out in the open before they can move forward, and they are supported by a wonderful cast of support characters in some great settings – loved the bookshop and the café! There were a few twists and turns in the story before the ending arrives – and I really liked the ending and how everything was wrapped up. THE JANUARY WISH is the first in a series set in Tarrin’s Bay so I am sure these three will be back as support characters. The next book in the series is ‘February or Forever’ which has just been published and I have lined up ready to read.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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With thanks to Harlequin (Australia) – Escape publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review
The January Wish by Juliet Madison is book # 8 for AWW2014