Author: Susan Bishop Crispell
Publisher: Macmillan, Thomas Dunne Books
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism
Length: 304 pages
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26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.
Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.
As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.
“Don’t let some stupid what if get in the way of enjoying a little slice of happiness.”
“I’ve come to realize that life is much more fun if you think anything’s possible.”
Let me just sum it up for you: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
The Secret Ingredient of Wishes was the absolute perfect recipe!
I love magical realism and more specifically THIS kind of magical realism. If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells or Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, Then you will know what type of magical realism I am talking about.
A comfortingly slow sultry read that leaves one feeling warm and loved – Crispell delivers the perfect magical romance with this debut. From small town charm to amazingly quirky and heartwarming characters…I guarantee you’ll fall in love with The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.
The somewhat slow pace fits the feel of a hot southern afternoon and never makes the novel drag because this is one that you really want to sink into and a world in which you’ll want to remain immersed.
I loved all of the characters in this one…Rachel and Ashe are believable and relateable and I enjoyed their romance. I also loved Catch especially – who teaches us what “family” really means.
The magic in The Secret Ingredient of Wishes is apparent enough that this really feels like a magic read but still understated and woven through in such a away that one can suspend disbelief and go along for the ride.
And Pie! Need I say more?
I have so much love for this book!!! This may well be my absolute favorite book of 2016!
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