Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (Aug. 15 2017)
Synopsis: Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.
Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.
Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.
* * *
Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino will leave you feeling every emotion. This book is about so much more than love; it is about living your life to the fullest and enjoying everyday – a theme which really resonated with me.
Charlotte, the main character, is somewhat of a lost soul – in her late 20s, she is still searching for her passion. While I liked Charlotte by the end of the book, it took me a good 100+ pages to really start to like her. But once I liked her, there was no going back!
Charlotte meets a Adam – a mystery man who disappears. As she tries to move on, Adam comes back into her life. What ensues is a great love story – and love triangle.
I know this review is short, but this book will leave you speechless as it throws one curveball at you after another. Don’t let anyone give you any spoilers for this book as it is these curveballs that helps to make the book so powerful! This is by far Carlino’s best book!
*I received this book from Simon & Schuster Canada in exhcange for an honest review*