Review of my novel Making Wishes

5.0 out of 5 stars , July 13, 2014
By John Phiser – See all my reviews
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This novel touches on a very relevant and modern-day dilemma, and does so in a very touching way.
All too often, women will give up all or some of their career when they are ready to start a family. It is still generally expected for women to take on the lion’s share of the rearing of the children and housework. There are many exceptions, of course, but overall it is still seen as the woman’s role to rear children and take care of the home.


Elloree’s decision changes her world forever. Click the image for more.

However, many women now also have admirable careers, which they have worked very hard for, and do not feel comfortable totally giving it up, even when they get a second chance later on when the children grow older. Is it really necessary to choose between career and family or can you have it both?

Elloree Prince is clever and talented young woman who must make that difficult chose between her family or her career. As with good stories of fiction, there is lots of drama thrown into the story, helping the reader to engage with the story.

What makes this novel a notch above the rest is how the main character is developed. You care for her, and the difficult choices she has to make.

Making Wishes excerpt number 1

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“What a spectacular house!” Elloree said.
​“You got that right. It’s a spectacle. It’s a damn dinosaur. Costs a fortune to heat and takes a staff to keep it up,” he told her. “It was the last thing my father built, and it’s an ostentatious atrocity, but my mother loves it. Won’t listen to reason and move into something smaller. She lives in it alone now that the old man’s gone.” He shook his head in disgust.
​“Well, it is grand,” Elloree said to him as a smartly uniformed parking attendant opened the door of the car for her. Immediately, Tom was by her side, taking her arm and guiding her up the wide marble front steps through a majestic portico. A chandelier hung from the stately entry hall’s second-story ceiling like a giant, golden candelabra ablaze with tiny crystal tapers that sent prisms of light dancing across the polished terrazzo floor. Somewhere at the rear of the house, a combo was playing dance music, and Tom guided her though the crowds of guests toward the sound.
​Throughout the evening, Elloree’s charming good humor encouraged Tom. For the first time, he thought that she might warm up to him after all. Discussing art with the lisping Carmen Lanz was one of the evening’s highlights for her, and the two were deep in an analysis of Salvador Dali’s work when Mrs. Randall gave her son a beckoning glance from across the room.


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Tom worked his way across the floor to his mother. Elegant in a pale beige gown, Clarice Randall strategically had seated herself in front of the fireplace, where its warmth gave a glow to her subtly made-up features. She wore an exquisite pearl and emerald necklace with matching earrings, and on one hand was a ring with an enormous diamond set in Florentine gold and surrounded by a spray of smaller stones. The jewels sparkled as they caught the firelight.
​As he approached her from across the room, Tom had to admit his mother was a handsome, aristocratic figure. Although taller than his father, she had always stood erect and proud by his side. Blonde and very pretty in her youth, throughout the years she had preserved her appearance with faddish diets, expensive facial treatments, and arduous exercise programs. Now with piles of snow-white hair done high on her head, she looked elegant and far younger than her years. For Clarice Randall, a woman’s most valuable assets were her looks and her social connections.

Making Wishes, Elloree Prince

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Married to Tom’s father after a brief whirlwind courtship, she expected to enjoy the prestige that she assumed his position would award her. But marriage for her had been a few brief years of passion that had faded quickly, leaving her with a hard-hitting business tycoon husband and one son. Isolated from a man driven solely by the insatiable demands of his work, she retreated into the only world she ever really understood. She poured more and more of her energies into becoming more beautiful and desirable for society. She created a lifestyle for herself that was built around grand entertaining, playing bridge, and attending charity clubs, to which she generously devoted her time and money. She provided her only child, Tom, with the right schools and social background to ensure him a successful life and marriage to a nice, moneyed girl from a respected family. Elloree Prince did not fit in with her plans for her son at all. A hint of a frown clouded Clarice Randall’s charming gracious manner when she spoke to her son, not waiting for him to sit down next to her.
​“Who is that young lady in blue? Someone I should know?” she questioned abruptly.
​“Not really, Mother,” he answered flatly. “She’s nobody you’d know—just the girl I intend to marry, that’s all.

Author Interview by Vickie McKeehan

Author Marilyn Holdsworth is almost my neighbor here in Southern California. She’s written three novels, loves horses, is a descendant of James Monroe, and once owned a greeting card company. Marilyn stops by to give us a little insight into her latest book, Making Wishes.

Hi Marilyn, tell us a little about the book.

MakingWishes.jpgElloree Prince is an attractive, creative young woman who marries wealthy businessman, Tom Randall. After courting his bride with unrelenting determination, Tom moves her into old-moneyed Oak View where generations of Randall’s have lived for years. Outwardly Elloree appears to settle into raising their two sons within Oak View’s stifling social structure but inwardly she yearns for her artistic work. An unexpected phone call from Mark Williams, her former employer offers her the career opportunity of a lifetimeand she must make a choice. She is torn between her devotion to her sons and her love for her work. Her decision to return to Wishes Inc. brings dramatic life changes to her and the ones she loves.

What audience will it appeal to?

Men and women of all ages.

What prompted you to write Making Wishes?

My concern for the family was my inspiration for Making Wishes. Many women today are confronted with difficult career choices that dramatically impact the family.

So the book has a message?

Yes. The choices we make often dramatically affect our loved ones much more than we ever expect.

Where do you get your ideas?

My life experiences give me a lot of ideasand I keep files of magazine and newspaper articles that give me ideas as well. Continue reading