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Twenty wishes
Debbie Macomber
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Macomber returns to Seattle's fictional Blossom Street of A Good Yarn (and others) for a hopeful tale of four widows who meet at 38-year-old Anne Marie Roche's bookstore. Separated from her husband after he refused to have a baby with her, Anne Marie felt certain they would reconcile--until he suddenly died. Lillie Higgins lost her husband in the same plane crash that claimed the husband of their daughter, Barbie Foster. Elise Beaumont entered widowhood after cancer claimed her husband. Together, the four make life-fulfillment wish lists. With Elise's prodding, Anne Marie decides to fulfill one of her wishes--do good for someone else--and becomes a "lunch buddy" to an at-risk third grader. Anne Marie, meanwhile, must deal with the reappearance of her adult stepdaughter, Melissa, who always held her in disdain. Elise mainly serves as a catalyst for Anne Marie's journey, but there is plenty of focus on Lillian and Barbie, who find purpose in unexpected and difficult relationships. Though stilted dialogue can pull readers out of the moment, Macomber's assured storytelling and affirming narrative is as welcoming as your favorite easy chair. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Anne Marie Roche
Age: 38
Wants to find happiness in her life; her life is not what she expected it to be; owns a successful bookstore; writes a list of twenty things she has always wanted to do but never did; volunteers at a local school where becomes friends with Ellen; stepdaughter comes back into her life.
Bookstore owner

Lillie Higgins
Lost her husband and son-in-law in a plane crash; becomes friends with Anne Marie; writes a list of twenty things she has always wanted to do but never did.

Elise Beaumont
Lost her husband to cancer; becomes friends with Anne Marie and Lillie; writes a list of twenty things she has always wanted to do but never did.

Age: 8
Becomes friends with Anne Marie.

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