Stepping Out is a feature on my blog where I step out of the world of YA and review a book for adults. Today I am stepping out with The January Wish. It is also the 15th book I have read for the Australian Women Writers challenge.
Release Date: January 1st 2014.
Publisher: Escape Publishing.
Synopsis From Goodreads:
From Escape’s queen of ro-magic comedy comes a sweet, emotional contemporary romance about the pleasures of making a wish and seeing it come true.
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
I really enjoyed The January Wish. I have a soft spot for books set in small towns, and Tarrin’s Bay, where this book was set, is a charming small town, and based on a real small town that I’ve been to 🙂
The book is told from three perspectives – that of Sylvia, her daughter Grace and Sylvia’s infuriatingly charming colleague Mark. I loved that it was told this way as we got to delve deeper into the story than if it was told strictly from Sylvia’s view.
Sylvia is a doctor. Her life is very ordered and she is always conscious of presenting herself in a professional manner. Sylvia has a secret desire to meet the daughter she gave up when she was sixteen. She makes a wish at the wishing festival, never dreaming it would come true.
But then Grace turn’s up in Tarrin’s Bay looking for Sylvia. Sylvia takes it as a second chance to have her daughter. Grace is a talented and level-headed eighteen year old, but with secrets of her own. She settles into life in Tarrin’s Bay and finds herself attracted to one of the locals. As a reader and lover of YA, I loved seeing through Grace’s eyes.
Mark is new to town. He is a naturopath, a profession Sylvia doesn’t take seriously. His office is in the same building as Sylvia’s and he tries to convince her of the benefits of his work. Mark gets under Sylvia’s skin, and there is an underlying attraction between them, but Mark has baggage that stands in his way of letting go and letting someone else in.
I loved reading about Sylvia and Grace. I loved watching their relationship develop as they got to know one and other. Sylvia grew throughout the story and by the end she was a little less uptight and much more open-minded.
Overall, The January Wish was a light-hearted, feel good romance. It’s a story of love in it’s many forms; Letting go of a past love and moving on, opening your heart up to someone you thought you’d never consider, and the love a mother has for her daughter. It was sweet, romantic and funny, with many surprising plot twists. It was a clean read, which is how I prefer my romances. Juliet is a writer to look out for; I will be eagerly searching out her other books. I highly recommend it to lovers of sweet, smile-inducing romances with real heart.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.