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What You Wish For

por Katherine Center

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"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"--… (mais)
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Some of the topics were a tad heavy for what wanted to be a light rom-com. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Aug 3, 2021 |
Samantha is the librarian for her idea of a heavenly school run by people who love children. She's also alone in the world and the principal & his wife have made her one of their own. And then the principal dies and the replacement is her big crush - but he has changed, and not for the better. There are serious themes going on here (school shooting, epilepsy, loneliness) but Samantha is written as a little spacey and the book has such a humorous tone that the reality sometimes gets a little lost. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 27, 2021 |
Fun And Quirky, Touches On Serious Issues. Center does an excellent job here of showing how behavioral extremes - from both directions - can be the result of serious mental trauma. And she does it in a mostly very fun and light manner, only getting truly serious in a few key scenes before going back to the mostly light and playful side of things. If you're a fan of the author's previous work, you'll definitely want this one. If you're new to the author, this is a solid first book to try out. Very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
This was not what I was expecting...the description talks about danger looming over the school and other things that lead me to believe it was going to be a much darker story.

This may be something that readers may enjoy if they like a nice, light semi-love story. That's not typically something that I read and enjoy.

The one character I liked most isn't around much, so that was disappointing, but it did have to be that way to move the story along. The other characters, most were hard to like, very unrealistic really so it was hard to root for them, or be concerned with how things turned out for them.

All in all, not my cup of tea, though the writing was nice and easy to read. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | Jul 7, 2021 |
First off, I wish to thank the Publishers for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

At first I did not think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. Normally I'm not one for romances, especially ones set in small towns where the smallest molehill of problems are made into mountains - however this book is just so charming and real, it was an absolute joy to read!

The plot is that Sam works as a school librarian in an elementary school which is the darling of the local community, with its Principle and Art Teacher being such staples of it that nobody could imagine what life, or the school, would be like without one of them... Until the Principle dies, and they are left with a vacancy. Thankfully the head of the School Board who just so happens to be a massive jerk hires Duncan Carpenter. According to Sam, Duncan is the coolest of the cool teacher we all had as a kid, so there must have been a mistake by the jerk who hired him right? Wrong. The guy who shows up is Duncan, but not the one Sam knew at her former school. This Duncan is bent on sucking the colour and creativity from their school all in the name of safety. Well, Sam isn't going to let him do this, and after finding out about a horrific incident in Duncan's past, she's determined to make him see the colour, creativity, and most importantly - the joy of living.

It reminded me a little bit of a Sophie Kinsella novel, with its wit, its lighthearted comedy and not being afraid to show darker tones when appropriate. The characters all felt like people, not hyped-up, one trait portrayals of people we so often see in Hallmark movies or books in this same genre. Alice ended up being my favorite character, probably due in part to a running gag she's tied to throughout the narrative, but also for her friendship with Sam. The two genuinely care about each other, and contributes a lot to the overarching theme of found-family.

My only criticism was the Epilogue felt a little bit rushed, and the plot was a tad predictable. However predictable does not always mean bad, I mean it in that I correctly guessed what happened in Duncan's past after picking up on all the author's clues on his behavior and appearance. Which, in my opinion, was good and consistent.

I would definitely recommend this, especially for somebody looking for a good Summer read! ( )
  tmoore318 | Jun 16, 2021 |
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"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"--

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