by Eileen Goudge

July 2003
ISBN: 0-670-03216-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Viking Press

Life is not great for everyone in Carson Springs, California. Anna Vincenzi is unattached, overweight, and unhappy. To make things even worse, she works for her cruel sister Monica, a former actress who is now bound to a wheelchair. There is only one person who can change Anna’s life, and that person is Anna.

When she reinvents herself mentally and physically, Anna discovers there is more to life than the subservience she has always known. While standing up for herself, Anna gains some self-confidence and begins to realize she has never been as invisible as she thought.

However, her wish come true does not come without severe costs. Anna learns there is a down side to love when she gives her heart to the kind but married Dr. Marc Raboy, and she is forced to confront dark issues of her past when she stands trial for the murder of her own sister.

Amidst the frenzied media circus surrounding her life, Anna can now only question the freedom she has sought her entire life. In the end, it will be her family and friends who give her the strength to survive.

Eileen Goudge is back, and she delivers yet another great novel to her readers. Wish Come True is the third of the Carson Springs novels, and like its predecessors, it does not disappoint. It is splendidly written and packed with characters so authentic you’ll be looking for them in the people you encounter everyday. The bits of humor are clean and on the mark, especially Maude and her nude calendars.

One of my favorite aspects of this novel is the ingenious way that Eileen Goudge reintroduces all the characters from the first two Carson Springs novels. If you haven’t read these books, you still won’t be left in the dark because Goudge’s descriptions of these returning favorites are clear yet at the same time so concise that you’re not bogged down in the past. There’s just enough information there to make you want to take the first two trips to Carson Springs.

As the lead, Anna was an engaging character, but I would have enjoyed her story a little more if there had been more details about her transformation. Still, I couldn’t help but cheer for her as she made the decision to live for herself.

It was actually Finch who took center of my heart this time. She is such a delightful character. It was heartwarming to see how she blossomed from the frightened runaway to the brave and mature, young woman.

You deserve something special. Take yourself on a pleasure trip to Carson Springs via Wish Come True.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Natasha.

Read more reviews of Eileen Goudge books.Click Here