You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.
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.
Melanie’s 5+Star Review:
I’ve read plenty of Renée Carlino’s books and all of which I’ve loved. However, after reading Wish You Were Here, I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that I’ve found my ALL TIME FAVE Renée Carlino read. OMG you guys, this book had me on bated breath and it owned me in such an intense way.
I read through the ENTIRE 320 pages in one night. Not only were my eyes puffy the next morning because of lack of sleep but also because of the myriad of tears that rolled so freely down my face. Wish You Were Here has just got so much HEART. Written in Ms. Carlino’s signature prose, you can’t help but be sucked into the pages. As all of her other books, this one played like a movie — quickly paced yet it contained so much content you weren’t left feeling bereft. Everything had its place and every moment meant something. I love it when authors are able to portray their stories this way; it keeps readers engaged.
From the get go, I got a sense of what was to come. A foreshadowing that I can almost taste yet when all is revealed, I still found myself hyperventilating. An expected outcome to garner such an unexpected and overwhelming level of emotion. I was choked up as much as I was inspired. Because Wish You Were Here is exactly that sort of book. It’s prolific and eye opening to the reality of what is around us and a stark reminder of how we should truly be living our lives. To open our hearts and our minds to what’s most important to us in this lifetime. The one life we’ve been blessed to live.
A 2017 top fave read, I absolutely recommend this book to all. I loved, loved the characters– Charlotte and her bestie Helen. I fell in love with Adam and with Seth in equal yet so completely differently. The story line is one that is not easily forgettable. Wish You Were Here was exceptionally written and one that belongs on everyone’s bookshelves.
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About the Author:
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet puppy, John Snow Cash. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at http://www.reneecarlino.com