ONE OF POPSUGAR'S BEST ROMANCE NOVELS OF NOVEMBER 2020!
"A story of love long postponed but never forgotten, Little Wishes is a tale to be treasured. Michelle's Adam's lovely, luminous writing is a beacon that draws readers closer and brings them home to the lasting truths about life and love." —Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild
For anyone who loves One Day in December and Me Before You, a sweeping love story, written with tenderness, warmth, and a generosity of spirit, about first love and second chances, a lifelong dream and finding the courage to follow your heart.
On her favorite day of the year, Elizabeth Davenport awakens in her cottage on the wild and windy Cornish coast, opens her front door, and discovers a precious gift: the small blue crocus and a note that begins I Wish . . . The notes are never signed, but she knows they’ve been left by her first and truest love, Tom Hale. Each of these precious missives convey a simple wish for something they had missed, and the life they might have shared, if circumstances hadn't forced them apart all those years ago. She has kept them all.
But on this day, what should have been the fiftieth anniversary of their falling in love, the gift fails to arrive. Could something have happened to Tom? Elizabeth has always been plagued by thoughts of “what if?” Propelled by worry and decades of pent up longing, Elizabeth packs a little suitcase, leaves Porthsennenon, and journeys to London . . . to find the love of her life once again.
Finding him, Elizabeth is faced with the desperate knowledge that any time they might have now is running out. Never before had she thought that she might truly lose time—forever. And now, knowing that life is too short, Elizabeth vows to fulfill as many of Tom’s wishes as she can. Yet she fears that her efforts may expose the shameful secret that, until now, has kept them apart.
Can she continue to hide the truth, or will she have the courage to reveal herself completely and finally make their dreams come true—before it’s too late?
Suspense author Adams (Between the Lies) offers a sentimental but overcrowded tale of a lost love rekindled in her first foray into romance. Tom Hale and Elizabeth Davenport were teen sweethearts torn apart by circumstance who both went on to lead separate happy lives. Still, each year Tom leaves a blue crocus and a wish for what could have been between them on Elizabeth s doorstep to celebrate the anniversary of their first kiss. Elizabeth saves each one as a treasured sign of Tom's continued love, despite their absence in each other's lives. But on the 50th anniversary, there is no gift. Fearing the worst, Elizabeth tracks Tom down in London and discovers he is suffering from lung cancer. Elizabeth slides into his life as though no time has passed, and the couple begins fulfilling all the wishes Tom left for Elizabeth over the years. The story alternates between the present day and Tom and Elizabeth's tumultuous youth, slowly revealing the circumstances of their separation. The bittersweet present struggles to keep pace with the melodramatic past, however, leading some of the novel's most touching, climactic moments to feel muddled. Still, Adams is sure to win fans with this poignant, if improbable, love story.