Book Review: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

Posted October 14, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 38 Comments

Book Review: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop CrispellTitle: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes
Author: Susan Bishop Crispell
Publisher: Macmillan, Thomas Dunne Books
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quotes

“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.”

My Thoughts

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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About Susan Bishop Crispell

Susan Bishop Crispell

Susan Bishop Crispell is not one of those writers who’s been scribbling down stories since she could hold a pencil. She didn’t read constantly growing up (blasphemy!), and she can still be found in public without a book tucked into her purse (again with the blasphemy!). She is, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces her to a new character or story idea that pushes her to turn everyday life into something magical.

She is the author of THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 9/6/2016), and THE PROBABILITY OF FATE (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2017). Susan lives and writes near Wilmington, NC with her husband and their two literary-named cats.

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38 responses to “Book Review: The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

    • Melissa

      This is a perfect comfort read Heidi! I felt so happy and cozy the whole time I was reading. It is it’s own kind of magic!!

    • Melissa

      LOL…The pie is definitely appealing…especially this time of year. Hope you have a chance to check this one out, Anna!

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