by Christine W. Murphy

December 2001
ISBN: 0-7599-0420-0
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This is an enchanting read about a woman and a jinn who both have lessons to learn in life, and who neither realize it. Maggie Yates isn't a happy woman. She's called off her wedding, stayed in bed for weeks, and has no immediately plans or hopes for the future. The last thing she wants is another man in her life - but that's exactly what she gets in the surprising form of a jinn. She opens a wedding package her great aunt mailed to her fifty years prior and when the dust clears from the stirred dirt in the box, Maggie is shocked to see a naked man on her bed! Having a degree in psychology, she immediately thinks she's hallucinating and tries to come up with logical reasons for the appearance of the stranger in her bed. When she closes her eyes, the stranger disappears from her room. Her best solution is to go back to bed, pull the covers over her head, and sleep away the hallucination.

When she wakes again, the stranger is gone. That is, until her mother Sarah wakes her to announce that "Tom" needs to move her computer downstairs! Upon realizing her mother can also "see" him, she convinces herself he's some homeless person Sarah has invited to stay with them. Then she learns her mother thinks he's her new live-in boyfriend!

Tom has a hard time convincing Maggie that he's a jinn she released from the box her aunt sent, and that she has three wishes coming to her. He has ulterior motives and thinks to trick her into believing that she's used her three wishes so that he can stay longer in the world until she dies and his servitude to her is ended, sending him back to his obis prison to await another master in fifty years.

During the course of the story, both Maggie and Tom learn to love, to trust, and to believe. Their growth, their maturity in the end, brings a poignant feeling to the story and readers are left with a very "feel good" and an entrancing 'happily-ever-after' feeling. In this case, the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for", turns out to be something very special to both Maggie and Tom, and to the readers too!

Reviewed in November 2001 by Kari.

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