Amy Logan’s review 4 out of 5 stars.
Holdsworth really captured a unique and believable slice of life. The story follows Elloree, a wife and mother struggling with a life that doesn’t fulfill her. She has some choices to make about the future and needs to examine the reality around her and explore what’s happening just beneath the surface.
A really good read, full of interesting and recognizable emotional struggle and dilemmas. You have the perfect life, if you believe the magazines and the hype, but is it really what you want, what you need? Or is there something missing? And then what do you do about it without ruining the lives of those around you?
Beautifully written and realistically tells a story that draws you in. Holdsworth does a fantastic job at making you really care about the decisions these people make. I enjoyed this book so much. It is both dramatic and touching at the same time – I really found myself caring about what would happen to the characters. As the story progresses I felt more and more like I understood the feelings and emotions being portrayed.
This is a must read!
Making Wishes by Marilyn Holdsworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of the BEST books I have read in a long time where character development is concerned. The conflicts of Elloree and her family are so compelling and transcending that it had me thinking about the book long after I had finished. The only thing that didn’t work for me was that I sometimes felt as if I was being told too much at the same time.
Overall, Marilyn Holdsworth has managed to do something rather wonderful in this gentle story. I was definitely absorbed in the book, and it was more than a satisfying page turner; there were many moments in the book when I felt the characters were real and I was part of their textured world.
At one and the same time I was eager to be making the continuing journey of narrative , and yet – I wanted to stay exactly where I was and savor the moment, the reality of where the characters were NOW – she had somehow stopped time for me and I was reading in a very present way, inside the world of Elloree.
This is a book for all times. The characters are so vividly real that the reader can almost touch and talk with them. Loved it.
Disclosure – As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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What books did you love growing up?
I loved horse stories like The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and all the books by Margarite Henry. I also loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I observe people and situations everywhere I go and I keep files of ideas from articles in newspapers and magazines.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Yes. I plan to continue writing and publishing. I am currently writing another novel.
How do you write?
I keep a tablet and pen with me always. And I keep paper and pen next to my bed. I often wake up with ideas. Also, I work on my computer.
What is the last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
The Countess and the King by Susan Holloway Scott.
It’s the story of Katherine Sedley, the Countess of Dorchester and King James II of England. It’s an interesting historical novel about a lady who was ahead of her time and lived by her own rules. It gives a much more sympathetic portrayal of James II than I had always thought of him.
About My Novel Making Wishes:
Elloree Prince is an attractive, creative young woman who marries a wealthy businessman, Tom Randall. After courting his bride with unrelenting determination, Tom moves her into old-moneyed Oak View, where generations of Randalls 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 lifetime, and 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 people she loves.
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Genre – Women’s fiction
Rating – PG-13
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