REVIEW – WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Katherine Center


From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.



*****Dee’s Review*****





Katherine Center writes books that make people happy, and What You Wish For did exactly that, left me with the biggest smile on my face.

Sam is a happy librarian that loves her job at a school in a cute little town in Texas. She’s lived there for four years now and rents a garage apartment from her bosses, who are also the owners and founders of the school where she works. Max and Babette are not only her bosses and landlords, but they are also her best friends and her “adoptive parents “ in a way because Samantha doesn’t have any family and they have taken her as one of their own from the moment she arrived.

A terrible tragedy shakes their little community and they are forced to hire a new principal for the school at the start of the new year, turns out it’s someone from Sam’s past, and she is both excited and terrified to see Duncan Carpenter again.

Turns out Duncan is not the man she once had a crush on and remembered, something happened to him and he’s changed completely and now the man that used to be the center of Sam’s obsession will become her biggest nemesis. Duncan wants to turn her colorful world gray but if he thought she was going to let that happen he has another thing coming because she’s ready for a battle in which her main weapon will be… fun!

Reading this book was so much fun but also heartbreaking. I highlighted so many positive quotes that I feel like I want to print them all out and put all over my house to remember those beautiful and inspirational quotes forever. I must say our lives are going through a very challenging time right now during this pandemic but reading this book made me feel so happy and hopeful. This is an absolutely wonderful read.

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