Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Wishing Hill: A Novel by Holly Robinson

4.5 Star

What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.

Sabrina-Kate - 4.5 Star

The Wishing Hill is exactly the kind of complex but logical type of story that I just adore. I have pondered how to adequately do this book justice as I feel like the synopsis about it definitely did not appeal to me yet the book itself really did. Fortunately, I felt like I didn't want to read it but I was pleasantly surprised so I hope that other readers don't lose out as well.

The story has a lot of things going on which could be a problem but isn't. Everything just makes sense, isn't too drawn out and fits perfectly into the story when it is introduced. I also feel like Robinson did a great job in ending the story too. Lately, I have found quite a few books where I felt like the author was just tired or had no idea how to end things properly and I ended up feeling disappointed. Again, not the case with The Wishing Hill. Everything about it made sense yet was not predictable.

The characters were very realistic and their emotions and reactions were easy to understand and identify with. Again, another example of the author's strength in creating a true to life story. Characters that you feel you know or could know and a story that doesn't seem far fetched or out of reach is exactly why I found The Wishing Hill so appealing and addictive almost. The story had many difficult things in it, but this is of course a fact of life and yet just another reason I felt like I could know the characters.

So all in all, I loved The Wishing Hill as I felt like I could be the main character. The people who angered her, made her happy or sad, the people she depended on and loved, I also felt the same way about.

Thank you to NAL Trade for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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1 comment:

  1. I've always loved stories about family dynamics, dysfunctional or otherwise. This book sounds good to me!



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