Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.
And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school. A new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school—and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.
As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.
With Katherine Center’s sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, WHAT YOU WISH FOR is the author at her most compelling best.
"I read it in one sitting ... canceling all plans and social obligations ... lol. I just adore the way Katherine Center writes her characters. She always elicits such emotion ... I rarely cry when reading books but she always gets me. And she writes a male love interest like no other. I am always madly in love with them."
"This is one of those books that you are so very delighted to read and so very sad to be over! And the moment I finished the last word, I instantly wanted to start all over again!"
"This book is extraordinary. I expected it to be, I adore everything Katherine Center publishes, but this exceeded my expectations . . . I ADORE Ktherine Center."
I adore Katherine Center’s writing. It’s so down to earth, joyful, witty, and relatable! She has an uncanny ability to tap into human emotions and translate them into amazing stories.
"It’s a feel-good, addictive, astonishing, entertaining, inspirational book about love, happiness, second chances and personal growth with memorable characters.”
"Her writing is as beautiful and vibrant as she is, filling the pages with beautiful hope, stories of resilience, and characters that you will never forget."
STARRED REVIEW from Kirkus!
“Even when dealing with traumatic events, Center manages to evoke a sense of comfort that is a pure pleasure. The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment.
A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.”
What You Wish For Tops SheReads’ List of Best Beach Reads of Summer 2020!
School librarian Samantha Casey loves her life and job. But when a man from her past, Duncan Carpenter, shows up at the school where she works as the new principal, things quickly turn to chaos.
BEACH CRED from Publishers Weeky!!
“[A] fast-paced tale steeped with whimsical plot points. This is one for the beach bag.”
“This is the lovely sort of book that makes you want to read everylittlebit of what the author writes just so you can feel all warm and sparkly again. I recommend this book to anyone who loves JOY and LOVE and BRIGHT things. I recommend this book to anyone stubbornly fighting for the LIGHT in the dark. Let’s do that always, always.”
“Finished What You Wish For last night and it was everything I expected in a Katherine Center book. It made me sigh and tear up and smile so hard that my cheeks were hurting. And of course, it made me fall in love again. A gorgeous book about second chances not only in love but in life as well.”
—USA Today BESTSELLING AUTHOR Falguni Kothari
“What You Wish For is a story full of heart. The characters are so real you will feel as though you know them. Katherine Center never fails to take her readers away on an emotional journey and then bring us back home with tears of joy. In fact, finding joy in life is an integral part of this engaging story. If you’re already a Katherine Center fan, you’re bound to love What You Wish For.”
—LAURA JAY, Book Club Reporter
“This book is simply stunning. Devour it, turn yourself over to it and strap in for the ride because it is a heartrending journey that will give you all the feels. Every single feel.“
“Five stars for what is easily my favorite book of 2020. I was instantly drawn into this novel—the characters and the island setting are charming—and I read this all in one sitting. What You Wish For was fun and quirky and had me both laughing and crying. The writing was beautiful and it was the perfect book to get lost in for a day.”
“I have always had great respect for Katherine Center’s emotional intelligence. Not only is she a gifted writer, but she understands what makes us human’s act and behave the way we do – and then turns it into an unforgettable novel . . . I highly, highly recommend this funny, sometimes sad, but downright joyous story about people trying to overcome their life altering tragedies, and move back towards life.”
“Katherine Center, man. I love her books so much. Her characters are vibrant and real and, as cheesy as this sounds, she writes them in such a way that they seem to jump off the page and be ALIVE…people you want to get to know and grow to care about. I couldn’t tell you exactly what it is, but her stories just draw you in and surround you. It’s impossible not to be immersed and invested.”
“This novel is all-around awesomeness.”
“Happy and joyful, that is what I’m feeling after finishing “What You Wish For.” Whenever I finishing reading a Katherine Center book I just lay in bed and instantly feel fulfilled. She has a magical way of writing stories where the characters and plot are so well developed, full of life and charisma it’s impossible to put down.”
“I laughed (literally. Out loud. And had to read a couple scenes to my husband) cried, and straight up cringed (in the best way – I LIVE for embarrassing moments) while reading this. The main characters have both been through some STUFF. One has learned to find joy in the every day and the other has reverted to drowning out all possible joy in the name of safety, both emotional and physical. These two find each other and . . . it’s magic.”
“This one is just perfect in every way.”
“‘Joy is fleeting. Nothing lasts. That’s exactly what courage is. Knowing all that going in—and going in anyway.’ In the midst of this anxious scary COVID-19 pandemic, this book is JUST what I needed. The perfect antidote. It’s all about finding joy and facing fears, and then just keeping on. Of course, Katherine Center is a marvelous storyteller with characters who jump off the page and into your heart.”
“Katherine Center knows how to tug on your heart strings while making you laugh. This is definitely a book I didn’t want to end.”
“Katherine Center has written another home run. I devoured the book in one day. As usual, with her words, Center makes you feel all the feelings the main characters do. It was funny, heartwarming, and sad at times.”
“This book was the perfect read for right now. It was sweet but packed an emotional punch. It teaches all kinds of lessons about finding and creating joy, hope, resilience, and love. I love the way Katherine Center has the ability to write about pain and darkness while also writing a story full of love, joy and light.”
“Katherine Center’s latest novel has a strong theme of choosing joy even when times are tough, and I’m not sure I could have picked this up at a more appropriate time. This book was exactly what I needed in these dark days! Center has become a must-read author for me . . .”
“Katherine Center has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing just flows and characters are just loveable. What a great story!”
“We live in such a chaotic time right now and Center’s new novel, What You Wish For just hits the mark of a great novel. Read it. Just read it. Read all of her novels. There. Just do it . . . The main reason I loved this book is because it reminds readers to find joy in all the simple moments of life. As one of the character’s motto implies: find a reason to celebrate. And I am here for it. There was romance, drama, and just normal life. The beautiful thing about Center’s writing is just that: she writes about normal life, but you are left feeling like you read about something completely incredible.”
“Wow. Just wow. What a compelling, feel-good read. Katherine Center takes some difficult topics and sprinkles them with love, hope, optimism and strength.”
“Can I please just live inside Katherine Centers head so I can be with her characters all the time?!? I loved this story and these characters! So much heart. I laughed out loud a bunch, too. I love how Center’s books always have life lessons that inspire you to live more fully and choose joy in the face of darkness.”
“This book has it all! Love, love, loved it! 5 stars!”
“One thing I love about Katherine Centers writing is that no matter what heavy topic she may be writing about, she ALWAYS finds a way to bring you hope, joy, and love. She is a writer of emotion and I truly believe it is something that sets her apart from other authors. I have loved EVERY single book I have read by her and What You Wish For was no different.”
“This book is all about choosing joy despite our circumstances and I think we could all use that reminder right now! It was the perfect escape from reality for me this week.”
“I absolutely adored this book, it was fantastic and so well written. It has a great balance of heart, humor, and tragedy. At its core, I think this book is about choosing joy despite your circumstances (which is so incredibly fitting for this moment in time) and not letting fear or trauma overtake you.”
“Katherine Center simply knows how to tell a story!! This was a fantastic remedy to the craziness in the world today. I wish I had an infinite number of books like this one.”
“I loved this book. It’s exactly what I needed, because the world is a scary place right now, but this novel made me feel comforted.”
“I feel like I always start my reviews for Katherine’s books by saying “Katherine Center has done it again” but I mean it every single time. I adore everything she writes and What You Wish For was no different. I simultaneously wanted to finish it and also never ever, ever wanted to be done with it. The story of Sam and Duncan, with all of their people and their trauma, is a beautiful reminder that joy is a choice that we can choose. Needless to say, it was the perfect read for all of this “social distancing”. I’m going to go re-read it right now (no, I am not joking. I read How To Walk Away three extra times before checking it back into the library).
“A great, breezy, feel-good romance. It was so addictive, I was able to read it in one day.”
“If I begin and end my review with a 5 star rating, it wouldn’t be enough.
If I preface my review by saying, it’s a must read, it wouldn’t begin to touch my feelings for this story. Rarely, you read a book and you connect with the story and its characters at a deeper level. This one is it. I read this book in one sitting.
Katherine Center’s latest novel is a beautifully written drama based in Galveston, TX. This small coastal town is family-like. Prepare yourself to face love, death and rebirth. The changes that the town and its inhabitants will face will make you laugh, cry and believe in love again.”
“My love runs deep for Katherine Center and this book may be my new very favorite of hers. It is so beautifully written with wonderful character development. Read in 24 hours because I could not put it down. HIGHLY recommend”
“I really enjoyed this smart romance.”
“I went into this with HIGH expectations. I’m a teacher, like the protagonist, and I loved Things You Save in a Fire. I opened this novel up, expecting the best, and was not disappointed. I loved the self-discovery, evolution, and friendship at the core. All of the characters were complex and easy to root for. I found myself flipping page after page, and finished it in one sitting (a rarity for me, nowadays!). The story, though heavy at times, was sweet without ever becoming too saccharine. I recommend this book to EVERYONE — these are crazy times, but this book is soul-soothing.”
“Katherine Center’s latest novel, like all her novels, is utterly delightful.”
“WOW!!! WOW, WOW!!!
I absolutely devoured this book. My sister is a teacher, I work in a library and it is set in one of my favorite places in Texas. Not only is this just a great little read, but it addresses subtly some of my biggest gripes with education today. Absolutely beautiful gem of a book!!!”
“Katherine Center did it again. How do her books keep getting better and better?”
“Oh my goodness. Katherine Center does it again. Every story that she writes is so wholesome and so cute and I love them all. I could not put this book down. I stayed up way too late at night just dying to find out what happens to the characters. It was amazing and incredible and I 10/10 recommend to anyone who just wants to read a happy book. The entire theme of the book is choosing joy and you are choosing joy if you choose to read this book.”
“Katherine’s way with words just transfers you in this imaginative world you wish you were a part of.”
“Katherine Center’s latest novel What You Wish For is one of those must read books. It really is. I have come to love her writing and when I was able to get an advance copy of this one I loaded it up on my Kindle and sat down and read it in one sitting only taking time out for dinner . . . I laughed out loud several times and her characters were so fun and vivid that I felt like they were in the room with me. Great writing and a story that was just what I needed to read to escape this afternoon.”
“My expectations for What You Wish For were SO. BEYOND. EXCEEDED!
Once again, in that voice that feels like you are sitting down with Katherine Center and a glass of wine while she tells you a story. The story line was brilliant, the way she used Galveston was smashing, the one liners that make you snort-laugh…all there!”
“A wondrous story of love, grief, bravery, loss, and above all a lesson to embrace and celebrate all the joy you can find in life—even as you leave this book a teary-eyed mess!”
“Katherine Center is back and has once again knocked it out of the park.
There are many people who can tell a story well. There are not many people who can tell a story so well you feel as if you know the characters personally and are rooting for them all. One thing I love about her stories is they are everyday people living lives full of problems, insecurities, losses, and joy. You will cry, you will laugh and you will come away having learned more than one valuable lesson!”
“This book was fire. It gave me all the feels. It is definitely my favorite by her.”
“Fans of Katherine Center’s books will adore this one, I’m sure. I really, really enjoyed the ending, and of course, the epilogue, but there are lines throughout this that I want to underline and remind myself of daily . . . This book was inspiring, hopeful, funny, realistic, heart-wrenching, beautiful, and so special. I can’t recommend it enough. :)”
“OMG. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK . . . It will be in my top reads for this year.”
“This book made me laugh, cry, and long for more. I read it in less than 24 hours, and I will probably pick it up again in the future. I would definitely recommend it!”
“This is one of those books that you are so very delighted to read and so very sad to be over! And the moment I finished the last word, I instantly wanted to start all over again! . . . Honestly, Katherine’s books bring me so much joy and laughter! They are a gift to read and I devour them while blocking out the real world, because her fictional worlds are just too good! Her books lift me up and make me want to live more fully.”
“I laughed, I cried, i laughed while crying.”
“Whenever I see the cover of a new Katherine Center book, I smile. They are bright and cheerful, yes, but I also know there will be complicated characters who look for deeper meaning, deeper gratitude and deeper joy than from any other author.”
“I have loved all of Katherine Center’s books but I think this was my favorite. I read it in one night; I couldn’t put it down! So many things resonated with me – the characters, the struggles, the romance and the storyline.”
“I’ve only recently discovered the greatness that is Katherine Center, and I’m loving every single one of her books.”
“Well, I got insanely lucky and received an ARC for Katherine Center’s latest and, as usual, it did not disappoint. I just adore the way she writes her characters. She always elicits such emotion … I rarely cry when reading books but she always gets me. And she writes a hero like none other. She writes relationships for real and makes the couple’s journey important and sweet. In short, I wish Katherine Center was my best friend.”
“I absolutely loved this book.”
“Katherine Center always knows how to reach the right tone—the story is at turns sweet, eye-opening, soulful, tragic, and hopeful . . . Every year, I wait with anticipation for Katherine Center’s new book. What You Wish For is a fantastic read that will bring you joy and keep you up all night!”
“This book had so much heart and left me wanting more! This is the perfect beach read or anytime read. I already can’t wait for Katherine’s next book.”
“I absolutely LOVED this book and sat with a cheesy grin on my face the entire time. I adore Katherine Center’s writing. It’s so down to earth, joyful, witty, and relatable! She has an uncanny ability to tap into human emotions and translate them into amazing stories. The witty banter will have you giggling and the conclusion will warm your heart. As someone who works in a school, this book resonated with me on a deep level. It invigorated my love for my students and inspired me to add more color to their world. I absolutely LOVED this book and think it may be her best yet. I give What You Wish For the full 5⭐️.”
“Katherine Center does it again!“
“This book was phenomenal. It had poignant humor, emotional impact, hilarious dialogue, and fantastic characters. It’s everything I love about contemporary fiction–funny and impactful at the same time. The characters are well rounded, Center brings you right into the world of private school teachers, and you can’t help but care deeply about everyone. I highly recommend this book. It was a fantastic read.”
“I have enjoyed all the Katherine Center novels I have read before but this one was exceptional! I honestly could not put the book down. The characters were wonderfu and the storyline ADORABLE. It made me sad it had to end.”
“There is nothing more wonderful to read about than when brilliant characters come into their own.”
“We made a choice to do joy on purpose. Not in spite of life’s sorrows, but because of them.
This is one of those books that landed in my lap at the exact time I needed it. What a beautiful, wonderful book about creating joy no matter where you find yourself on life’s path. I loved everything about this book- from the writing, to the heartwarming story and endearing characters. I laughed, I cheered, I teared up (I mean that scene with little Clay on the beach about sent me over the edge….) I’m not a huge re-reader of books but i suspect I’ll re-savor this one again. Favorite Katherine Center book yet!!”
“I read this on one sitting. My 3rd Katherine Center where that happened.”
“What You Wish For is yet another heartwarming tale of tragedy, comedy, and happiness, what the reader should expect from Katherine Center — yet so much more! I honestly read it in one sitting — the story grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go til the very end. The message of finding joy — no, MAKING joy — every single day is one that will stay with me. And I’ll do my best to “celebrate” every chance I get. Thank you, Max and Sam (and Katherine) for that valuable reminder!”
“Katherine Center is Michelangelo of books. A true masterpiece storyteller who can create art with words that reach to your heart.”
“I am a huge fan of Katherine Center. She writes fantastic stories that touch me deeply. What You Wish For is another gem to add to her collection. This story is about overcoming fears. It is realistic, emotional, heartbreaking and uplifting.“
“I loved it! This author writes just the way I want an author to write—with depth to her characters and the story, while still maintaining a positive message, leaving me feeling uplifted.”
“This is the book the world needs right now. Katherine Center’s What You Wish For is all about choosing joy. Especially in the face of hardship. . . . It’s fun, witty, romantic, and just so full of so many amazing messages on the theme of choosing joy. The writing is so well done and kept me captivated the entire way through. What You Wish For is one of those books that was hard to put down and will stick with you well beyond the last word. Very highly recommended and a definite future re-read for me.”
“Words can’t explain how much I loved this book.”
“This was my third Katherine Center book and it just fueled my addiction for her writing. I so enjoy the manner in which she tells a story; like the narrator is talking directly to the reader. Her imagination in creating the characters and the school was astounding . . . Ultimately, this book radiated light, joy, and happiness. Katherine’s writing made me laugh, cry, get angry, and want to put on my craziest, most colorful outfit. As always, I couldn’t put her book down. I read during work, during breakfast, and at 2 am.”
“This was a JOY to read.”
“Another Katherine Center novel, another absolute gem. Katherine’s characters are brought to life so vividly you feel as if you’re an in-person spectator in her novels. You become so engrossed in the story that when the main character loses their breath, you do too. It’s an incredible feat of writing and this did not disappoint.”
“Katherine Center does it again. A book full of emotion and feeling that sucks you right in. A story of finding joy, manifesting happiness, and second chances.”
“This is exactly the book we all need right now to remind us to find the little joys in life, not to live in fear, and “Never miss a chance to celebrate.” I stayed up until four in the morning reading this story. I couldn’t put it down, and yet I woke feeling refreshed, happy, and lighter than I had in days. That’s what a good book can do, it can erase your stress and restore your faith and hope.”
“This is my favorite kind of book: real characters, real situations unfolding in real ways. I REALLY loved it.”
“I really enjoyed this book, so much that I couldn’t put it down and I read it cover to cover. I felt a connection to all of the characters, especially Sam. . . . Ms. Center has a way of writing about hard topics and hard characters that makes us want to see them heal and overcome the tragic events that have shaped their lives. She makes you feel for her characters, whether you want to love them, cry for them, laugh with them or even punch them in the face. I love it when authors have the talent to make me actually feel their characters. Well done!”
“It came along at the perfect time with its message of choosing joy throughout the story. I loved the setting, the idea of the school and all the quirky characters. It’s a wonderful book and one that is hard to put down. I read it in one day and hated for it to end.”
“I highly recommend this book! Katherine Center has done it again!”
“Katherine Center’s books are always like a big giant warm hug for me, and this one was no exception. Beautifully written with supremely likeable characters who are each on a journey to find happiness in their lives, this books message is just perfect: do more of the things that bring you joy!”
“I loved this book. It had a little bit of everything and told a great story.”
“I have yet to read a Katherine Center book that I don’t absolutely fall in love with, and “What You Wish For” continues that trend. Center tells love stories that put normal people in extraordinary circumstances and watches them shine. “What You Wish For” is the sweet and thoughtful story that touches on everything from unrequited love, overcoming trauma, fighting for what you believe in, and personal growth.”
“Do you know how when you especially love a book you want to read really fast to find out what happens next, or even skip ahead a few pages, but at the same time you want to put the book down so you can savor and slowly reread the author’s words? This is such a book.”
“This book has my feelings all over the place. Sad, happy and angry. I was turning the pages so fast to find out what happened. I couldn’t out it down. You will absolutely fall in love with Duncan but also hate him at the same time. Katherine delivered another brilliant read.”
“This is one of those books that you are so very delighted to read and so very sad to be over! And the moment I finished the last word, instantly wanted to start all over again!”
“I loved every page of this awesome book by Katherine Center. Every page of this book was better than the previous one.”
“This was so moving,so appealing, so beautifully written that you can’t help but fall in love! Excellent choice for anyone in need of getting away with a hearty book full of choices, chances, and hope during these trying times. Highly recommend!”
“Katherine Center’s books always have such a great balance of bitter and sweet.”
“When you open one of this author’s books it’s like you’ve stepped into the warm and cozy kitchen of your best friend. No matter who they are, honestly. You’re drawn right in, given a nice cup or glass of something to drink, and there’s a golden retriever at your feet. The characters are all so lovely. They’re perfectly and beautifully flawed. And they love. They love in a way that makes me wish I lived in one of these books.”
“Best Katherine Center book I’ve read yet!”
“This is my first Katherine Center book and I AM HOOKED . . . Trust me, this book is swoon worthy and will leave you feeling wonderful. Katherine Center does a fabulous job at creating a love story that incorporates trauma, healing, self-discovery, trust, companionship, and a sense of community.”
“Center has done it again only this time you are going to be flipping pages so fast to find out what’s happening next, the book will be over before you know it. Her books are never long enough for me. I highly recommend this 5 star read. You won’t be able to put it down.”
“Katherine Center knocks it out of the park again!”
“Reading a Katherine Center novel is so much more than enjoying a finely-crafted plot with memorable characters—when you are reading any one of her books you are LIVING it, and FEELING it—becoming completely involved in all that happens.”
“The sweetest book I’ve read in years, possibly decades . . . What You Wish For is simply a beautiful and uplifting novel. What you should wish for is this book on your shelf.”
“I have read two of Katherine Center’s books before this, and she is now one of my favorite authors. I honestly didn’t know what this book was about, but when I saw saw it was Read Now on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. I read this book in a day; I could not put it down . . . This was the perfect book to read during this crazy time of uncertainty and self-quarantine for me.”
“This story draws you in and unfolds several surprises along the way. I found this book thoroughly delightful, and I am looking forward to Katherine Center’s next book.”
“Katherine Center is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She handles a serious topic but weaves it into a beautiful story with a great ending.”
“I read this in one sitting. I thought I’d start with a chapter or two before bed (midnight) only to find myself finishing the book at 3 am. This was my first time reading a Katherine Center book and it won’t be my last! OMG was this just the most feel good book I’ve read in awhile.This book will have you closing the last page with a HUGE smile on your face! I bawled my eyes out and laughed so hard my husband told me to turn off the light and go to bed.”
“This is a book about joy and MY GOODNESS, what a joy it was to read!”
“Center has unique a way of telling a story that is authentic through examining all facets of emotion including grief and tragedy as well with the beauty found in the human experience.”
“This might be my new favorite Katherine Center book. I loved the Happiness for Beginners tie-in. This was the perfect book to bring me a smile and some joy. Center just has a way about her writing that I adore. Her characters are so relatable and lovable. I loved this so much that I read it in approximately 24 hours.”
“This is another great book by Katherine Center. She just keeps writing books that you can not put down.”
“I immediately fell for the main characters and felt incredibly invested in their lives and the story as a whole. Her books are so much more than simple contemporary romance novels because they include great depth and emotion as characters struggle with traumatic issues, carrying their past burdens, and developing deep, meaningful relationships with one another.”
“Katherine Centers books always make me laugh, cry, smile and restore a bit of my faith in the world by the end.”
“OMG…..this story was just what I needed right now…..it was book nirvana.”
“There is so much to laugh about in this book—crazy antics, foot-in-the mouth comments, great, meaningful life lessons: ‘never miss a chance to celebrate;’ ‘pay attention to the things that connect you with joy;’ ‘love is only for the brave.”
“A sigh-worthy page turner. My favorite book of 2020 so far.”
“I loved the message of hope and overcoming your fears. This book will have you smiling, laughing, and even shedding some tears.”
“One of the reasons I love Katherine Center’s books so very much is because each time you read one, you are not only getting a wonderfully captivating story, you are being reminded of what’s important in the world. Katherine has quickly become not only a favorite author, but a mentor of sorts, because each time I read one of her books, I am changed for the better. Each of her books fill this world with beauty and reminds us all to choose joy on purpose”
“All the stars—my year has been made.”
“From the second this book hit my kindle, I struggled to put it down. It was exactly what I needed to pull me out of the book slump I’d been in. If you’re already a Katherine Center fan, you won’t be disappointed. If she’s new to you, start with Happiness for Beginners and then give this one a shot. I’m certain both books will make my year end top ten.”
“Another fantastic book from Katherine Center.”
“I had a lot of trouble putting this book down and ended up finishing it in 24 hours! It was a lovely read, with a few twists along the way that I didn’t expect, and enough humor to keep me chuckling and in a good mood. Exactly what I needed to read right now, and I’d highly recommend it to friends. I will definitely be looking for more of Katherine Center’s books!”
“This book was filled with characters that felt like my best friends and a story I couldn’t put down. This book was nothing but perfection.”
“Such a beautifully written story—perfectly paced, lots of slow-burn emotions, lovely descriptions. I was supposed to be working from home for five hours today, but dang, this book was too good; so I obviously HAD TO skip the work and read this instead. Worth every minute.”
“This book is a love story, a story of hope and fear and bravery and resilience all mixed into one. Another winner from Katherine Center.”
“This book was a Texas sized winner!”
“I really do enjoy Katherine Center’s storytelling. Her stories are more than just romance with a message or a message with romance. Her words paint a beautiful picture whether it’s a character or setting – a person you want to know or a place you’d like to be . . . My only complaint with Ms. Center’s stories is that I wish they didn’t end.”
“This was just the read I needed!”
“Center has a knack for creating wonderfully flawed characters who you simultaneously want to hug and to shake. Sam’s insecurities and actions are difficult to read about sometimes, because she’s so blind to how others feel about her; however, because of that, they feel really authentic. Center’s examination of Duncan’s trauma and how it changes him is also done in a compelling and sensitive way. There are various supporting characters who enrich the story and help give it life, even down to those who are barely peripheral. Make no mistake, this is mostly a drama, with some romance mixed in there. More importantly, it’s an examination and a journey into the lives of two people who feel like they’re all alone and how finding their joy helps redeem them.”
“I loved the book so much that I couldn’t stop reading! I literally read it in one sitting, that’s how good it is!”
“Filled with insightful, heart-wrenching moments it will live on in your thoughts for a long time after turning the last page. I will definitely be reading more from Katherine Center.”
“Another beautiful, touching story from Katherine Center!”
“I wished for a memorable read and it was granted . . . I fell in love with the characters, community and school. I couldn’t put the book down and finished the book within an afternoon. I longed for the characters to realize their dreams and for lives to continue beyond the final chapter.”
“This book was a love story but not just romantic love. It is about loving life, loving the family you create, the journey of childhood, but most of all loving yourself . . . It will make you smile and will make you think about life with a bit more compassion. I really enjoyed it and I know lots of people will be talking about this book when it releases this summer!”
“The author does a great job of keeping the reader engaged, entertained, and at times also deeply moved. I couldn’t put this one down and was sad when it ended.”
“I think Katherine Center’s books should be sold at the drugstore because they’re the best medicine for human souls. You laugh, you cry, you smile, you sigh and as soon as you finish it, the positive energy took control of your nervous system. You want to dance, you want to sing and you want to share your joy with your loved ones . . . I truly loved it so much.”
“I love Katherine Centers books, this one with the theme “Finding Joy” was spot on! I loved the t-shirt sayings, I loved the whimsical way of creating joy. Wonderful book!”
“Do yourself a favor and read this book.”
“This was such a treat to read. Katherine Center always provides stories with characters that you would love to know in real life. This book is no exception. Sam and Duncan came alive for me and I was rooting for them throughout. Kempner was so vivid in my eyes – I wanted the chance to sit down in Sam’s library and read for hours. This is one of those stories that I didn’t want to end. When the world was in a bit of chaos and upheaval this book was the perfect antidote. I can’t wait to recommend it to my friends.”
“This story touched my heart, made me sad, made my heart swell and made me smile. It reminded me to ‘pay attention to the things that connect you with joy.'”
“I’ve read Katherine’s previous books and was in love with them. What You Wish For was no different. A story about love, loss and finding joy on purpose. Finding ways to celebrate the moments that matter while navigating real life and the fear and uncertainty that goes with it”
“I don’t read many romance/chick lit books, but I make an exception for anything that Katherine Center writes!”
“Another wonderful book by Katherine Center! I guess you could call this a second-chance romance, but it is so, so much more than that. . . . Some of the themes are “ripped from the headlines”, others are emotion-packed, and still others are part of everyday life. When put all together by this terrific author, it becomes a book that causes you to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.”
“It was a twist of fate that I should pick up this book at this time of viral panic. The fear that we would never be joyful again, however Ms. Center’s writing brings us back to the center of life.”
“‘Pay attention to the things that connect you with joy.’ It must be said that ALL of Katherine Center’s novels connect me with joy, so I was beyond thrilled to read her latest novel, What You Wish For. If you have read and loved any of Center’s previous novels then you know the magic that she can create with words. This book is no different.”
“When I am feeling a bit down Center’s books are my go-to. Her novels are easy to read (perfect to curl up with on a weekend afternoon or vacation) but also have the perfect mix of real-life and imperfect characters.”
“What You Wish For is quite possibly the best book I’ve read by Katherine Center. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every one that I’ve read, but this, this was different. What You Wish For is all heart and soul with people’s hopes, fears and challenges hanging out everywhere and it’s a fantastic type of hanging out everywhere.”
“What You Wish For by Katherine Center was amazing! Without a doubt a 5 star read!”
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a feel good story of love and triumph.”
“I’m so happy I discovered Katherine Center’s writing in her previous novels because her books make me feel so good. I loved What You Wish For and read it in one sitting. She knows how to write romance without being cheesy – the story tugs at your heart strings and makes you care about the characters as if they’re people in your own life.”
“This is a wonderful, uplifting novel that I read in a day. It is a happy story that we all need! Katherine Center has done it again! Excellent!”
“This story, as with all of Katherine Center’s books, reminds you that there is bad in the world, but it can be overcome by choosing to remain positive and look for the light. To celebrate successes and wins and take control over your happiness. I loved Sam and Duncan and I loved learning Duncan’s story . . . This book was such a feel good read! I can’t wait for everyone to experience it in July!”
“I read her last two books, which were stunning, and so is this one. Her books make you not just happy, but joyful, and give hope.”
“I was so excited to pick up this book every night! . . . It’s a must read for everyone looking for a pick me up or anyone who enjoys a delightful novel.”
“What You Wish For is filled with so much love, and of course sadness—but within that there was JOY.”
“I almost don’t know where to begin with this review because there was so much I loved about this book. You need to read it.”
“Guys, I don’t usually love romantic books, but this one was so freaking good. It has heartbreak, and romance, and . . . it was such a happy/sad read all at the same time.”
“This author has a special way of creating flawed but admirable characters who discover themselves and grow through dealing with difficult situations—and writing in a way that keeps the reader turning pages, never knowing whether the next will prompt a chuckle or a tear.”