A storyteller of unparalleled emotional intensity, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky has created a novel that resonates far beyond its extraordinary love story. Here is a tale of courage, community, and the magical consequences of being given a second chance.
What if wishes really could come true?
It's the question facing waitress Bree Walker when she awakens in the hospital following a blizzard in sleepy Panama, Vermont. While she can't recall the
near-tragedy that landed her there, she's overcome with the certainty that she has been granted three wishes. One seems to have come true already: at her side is renowned author Tom Gates, the accident's only witness, who had come to Panama to make sense of his fame -- and who now makes Bree his cause.
Suddenly, the things Bree has wanted most -- a home, a soul mate, a family -- are within her grasp. But are the wishes real? And if they are, what is their
price? As Bree and Tom consider what their hearts truly require, they discover that to live their dreams, they will have to take unimagined risks....
A magical near-death experience charms a woman's life in this heartwarming novel from popular romance writer Delinsky (Together Alone; A Woman's Place; etc.). Bree Miller is content with her tranquil, solitary existence in picturesque Panama, Vt., until she is struck by a speeding Jeep. Waking in her hospital bed, she recalls the comfort of a bright light and a voice that sent her back from the land of the dead with a gift: she may have three wishes before she dies again. As she recovers, Bree finds she is no longer alone; beside her is Tom Gates, the man responsible for the accident. A successful lawyer who became a bestselling novelist, Tom has fled the New York glamour world to reconnect with his own lost soul. As Bree and Tom discover love and contentment, Bree can't help but wonder if the spiritual light and her promised wishes are real. Delinsky's prose is spare, controlled and poignant as she evokes the simplicity and joys of small-town life with the sugary finish of a Norman Rockwell scene. While the heart of the book is a love story, Delinsky manages to avoid romantic slush--and she capably balances her narrative on the tightrope between spirituality and earthly love. 150,000 first printing; foreign rights sold in U.K., France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands; Literary Guild alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection.
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all time favorite
I read this book 15 years ago and it has remained an all time favorite. A warm, loving story. I have never cried harder reading any other book and I loved it! One of Delinsky's best.
Just a reminder to fellow reviewers...please think twice before giving up the end of a story. At the very least, title your review "Spoiler Alert". If you aren't able to write your review without revealing major information, please consider not writing the review at all.
The story was beautifully written. It was almost spoiled by the hundreds of repeating typos. I hope that iBook will take responsibility and fix this.
Still, the book itself is nourishing and cathartic,even though sad.
This. Was the saddest story I ever read. I bawled like a baby when Bree died, at the funerall and when tom's father and family showed up. Kudos.