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A Secret Wish (Wish Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Freethy
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Book Description

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes the first book in the WISH Series!


Three women, three birthdays and one unforgettable night that will change their lives forever.

One night in San Francisco, three women make a birthday wish believing it can't possibly come true. Liz is turning thirty. A successful nurse, she has a good career, but no man to share her life. All her friends are married, and she's alone, still trying to outrun a tragedy from her past. Then she meets a handsome stranger.

Angela, a member of a large, loving Italian family, is facing thirty-five with no baby in the nursery. Eight years of infertility treatments have put a strain on her marriage. Will she have to choose between her husband and having a child? When she is mugged by an unexpected assailant, her life takes a new turn.

Carole, a corporate wife, is staring down forty candles. Having grown up poor, she worked hard to get ahead, but when her kids bail on her birthday, and she discovers her husband with another woman, she realizes that she may have nothing at all. She goes back to where it all began, the mother she left behind, and the man whose heart she once broke.

Three women, three birthdays and a night of events that connects them in unexpected ways ...

* A SECRET WISH is a 40,000 word novella. The other two books in the series are full length novels.

Series includes:

The books are standalone but are connected by the theme of wishes.

** If you love connected series with romance, mystery and adventure, check out my new connected family series, THE CALLAWAYS.

Currently Available in the Callaways:
NOBODY BUT YOU (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
ALL A HEART NEEDS (Callaways #5)
THAT SUMMER NIGHT (Callaways #6)
WHEN SHADOWS FALL (Callaways #7)


"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters." Library Journal

"Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives." Romance Reviews Today

"Freethy's skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story." Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home

"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all- romance, adventure, and mystery." Booklist on Summer Secrets

"Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction." Romantic Times on Daniel's Gift

"Freethy's story-telling ability is top-notch." Romantic Times on Don't Say A Word

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    About the Author

    Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, a distinction she received for her novel, SUMMER SECRETS. Her 30 novels range from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. In 2011, she began self publishing her backlist and nine of her books hit the USA Today List for a total of 41 weeks. Some of her bestselling titles include DON'T SAY A WORD, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, DANIEL'S GIFT, GOLDEN LIES, SILENT RUN and JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. Barbara is starting a new series -- The WISH SERIES, and A SECRET WISH is Book #1. The second book will be released in the spring of 2012. Barbara's books have won numerous awards. She is a four-time finalist for the RITA for best contemporary romance from Romance Writers of America and her book DANIEL'S GIFT won the honor and was also optioned for a television movie. Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, mystery and romance, Barbara enjoys writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary adventures. In addition to self publishing, Barbara is also writing contemporary romance for Pocket books. Barbara has lived all over the state of California and currently resides in Northern California where she draws much of her inspiration from the beautiful bay area. Barbara loves to hear from readers so please feel free to write her. For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Barbara, visit Barbara's website at

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Could hardly wait for the next book. 18 May 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Ena's Review
    I think the cover is very fitting with the book, with the San Francisco bridge in the background on the cover and the cupcake with a birthday candle. On a shelf in a bookstore I would have picked up this cover to read the blurb and definitely considered buying it.
    As the blurb says the book is about three different women, Liz, Angela and Carole. the theme of the book is birthdays and the secret wish you take when you blow out your candle/candles.
    The book travels at a reasonable pace, it's neither rushed nor so slow that you lose interest.
    I love how this author Barbara Freethy writes, her descriptions and her plots are in my opinion really good.
    I was disappointed when the book ended and wanted to reaad the next installment straight away.
    One thing I wasn't keen on was all the advertising of the other book, I prefer my books to be unknown to me until I pick them up and decide to read them, if you know what I mean.
    So did I enjoy? Yes, a lot. Would I recommend? Yes, I think it would suit many readers. Would I read more in the Wish Series? Yes I have the next one ready to read!! would I read more by Barbara Freethy? Definitely!
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Short changed 17 May 2012
    By Taa
    Format:Kindle Edition
    If you think you are buying a full length novel as per the pages printed -you'd be wrong. Only 68% of the pages are the story, the rest is advertising for other books offering several chapters then an invitation to buy the book - very shabby.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Wish. 15 Mar. 2013
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    This was my introduction to Barbara Freethy's books. I have purchased a few more and I am just loving her way of writing
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.. 9 Jun. 2012
    By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Three women celebrate their birthdays in very different circumstances, and yet each of them significantly begins to take stock of their lives. They each realise that their hope for the future is entirely in their own hands, but as ever the fickle finger of fate has a habit of intervening, and by a series of events it is revealed that life is about choices, and if heartbreak comes along, than equally love and happiness can also be found, if you are prepared to go out and find it.

    This is a short novella, and is easy to read in one sitting. I enjoyed Barbara Freethy's easy style of writing and spent an enjoyable afternoon in the company of Liz, Angela and Carole. There is a little bit of every woman in these three characters, we are shown that there are lessons we can all learn, and that ultimately there is a secret wish hidden away in all of us.

    I enjoyed reading it.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Girly Book 7 Mar. 2013
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    I liked the story lines and it is lovely girly book.
    It is a shame that it was not very long.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A secret wish - Wish Series, Book 1 3 Mar. 2013
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    A remarkable, and very well writen book - a most enjoyable read and I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by this author
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Lady London 26 Feb. 2013
    By Miss R
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    A good read from a good author, story a bit light and not one of her best but good for a lightish read.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 3 Jun. 2014
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    I found it a little bit harder to get into than her other books mainly because of the way we switched from one character to another.Abut half way I began to enjoy it and got used to this.I was so glad that her husband let her keep the girls and that they were able to adopt them..The same thing happened to a friend of mine so I was prepared for the happy ending.Monica Clarke.
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