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The Wishing Game

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Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.

Make a wish. . . .

Lucy Hart knows better than anyone what it’s like to grow up without parents who loved her. In a childhood marked by neglect and loneliness, Lucy found her solace in books, namely the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson. Now a twenty-six-year-old teacher’s aide, she is able to share her love of reading with bright, young students, especially seven-year-old Christopher Lamb, who was left orphaned after the tragic death of his parents. Lucy would give anything to adopt Christopher, but even the idea of becoming a family seems like an impossible dream without proper funds and stability.

But be careful what you wish for. . . .

Just when Lucy is about to give up, Jack Masterson announces he’s finally written a new book. Even better, he’s holding a contest at his home on the real Clock Island, and Lucy is one of the four lucky contestants chosen to compete to win the one and only copy.

For Lucy, the chance of winning the most sought-after book in the world means everything to her and Christopher. But first she must contend with ruthless book collectors, wily opponents, and the distractingly handsome (and grumpy) Hugo Reese, the illustrator of the Clock Island books. Meanwhile, Jack “the Mastermind” Masterson is plotting the ultimate twist ending that could change all their lives forever.

. . . You might just get it.

Synopsis source: Goodreads


Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction, Books About Books
HB&W Rating: 5
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This was such a wonderful book! Never have I found a non-fantasy or non-magical realism book to be so magical! Like if Willy Wonka were a children’s book author, this would be that story. This book checked off all my boxes!

  • wonderful, relatable and lovable characters
  • found family
  • a hint of romance
  • a setting I want to live in
  • it’s a book about books
  • imaginative, whimsical, and tender-hearted
  • has life lessons to impart

If I have any complaints about the book, they’re minor. I didn’t see the point of the ex-boyfriend and found that he had little, if any bearing on the story. Also, I thought the audio narration a little stilted in the beginning, like she had to find her rhythm, but she got there and it was good. Like I said, minor things.

Truly, this story was just so beautifully rendered that it’s hard to believe the magic created by Jack Masterson wasn’t “real,” throwing this into the fantasy or magical realism categories. But believe it or not, no markers of either genre are found in this book, it’s magic all on its own.

This beautiful story has heart, imagination, and with real life lessons added in, not only should adults read it, but I’ll be giving this to my kids to read too!

Until next time,

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