Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Title: What You Wish For

Author: Katherine Center

Published: July 14th 2020, St Martins Press

Status: Read July 2020 courtesy St Martins/NetgalleyUK


My Thoughts:

“Life doesn’t ever give you what you want just the way you want it. Life doesn’t ever make things easy. How dare you demand that happiness should be yours without any sacrifice—without any courage? What an incredibly spoiled idea—that anything should come easy? Love makes you better because it’s hard. Taking risks makes you better because it’s terrifying. That’s how it works. You’ll never get anything that matters without earning it. And even what you get”—she lifted her chin in defiance—“you won’t get to keep. Joy is fleeting. Nothing lasts. That’s exactly what courage is. Knowing all that going in—and going in anyway.”

Really, I feel the above quote probably tells you all you need to know about Katherine Center’s new contemporary romance novel, What You Wish For. The words are spoken by Babette, a surrogate mother of sorts, to the story’s main protagonist Samantha Casey when she is tempted to give up on what it is she wishes for.

What Sam wants most is to be loved for who she is, but she’s afraid to trust it’s possible when offered. Center explores the themes of love, grief, friendship, suffering, and personal growth through her characters. The plot may be largely predictable but the author does touch on some serious issues, with several characters dealing with the effects of emotional or physical trauma.

What You Wish For is a feel-good novel, it was a quick and easy read with an inspiring message – to choose joy.


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Also by Katherine Center reviewed at Book’d Out 


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lloyd Russell
    Jul 18, 2020 @ 04:51:55

    Read Fire and really liked it. Looking forward to reading the new one.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

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  2. Carol
    Jul 18, 2020 @ 04:56:23

    I fall hard for librarian stories and school settings!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 18, 2020 @ 09:36:14

    I enjoyed this one too.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Kathryn
    Jul 19, 2020 @ 06:53:26

    Was good but not my favourite by her.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Diane
    Jul 19, 2020 @ 07:36:14

    I’m listening to this now and enjoying it as well.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Sam@WLABB
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 00:43:56

    I am in love with Center’s books, because, like you said, they are feel-good books. I thought this one was so relevant, reminding me to choose joy. She always has these great messages in her books, and they are wrapped in a charming story filled with humor and warmth.

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  8. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:38:20

    I have enjoyed the two other Katherine Center books that I’ve read recently and just got this one so I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. thebookishlibra
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 12:39:36

    I really enjoyed this book too and especially the idea of choosing joy. That message seems more important than ever these days.

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