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Praise for Wish You Were Here
“Readers will enjoy meeting Charlotte’s family, be charmed by Charlotte and Helen’s friendship, and will be eager to uncover just what’s going on between Charlotte and the mysterious Adam—all while swooning over the sexy parts.” (Booklist)
“With a surprising cast of lovable and relatable characters, witty banter, and some utterly romantic scenes, Renee Carlino's Wish You Were Here is about more than just finding love—it's about rediscovering what love is. Just remember to have tissues on hand.” (New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle)
"If you loved Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life, then Carlino's latest, Wish You Were Here, will be a no-brainer addition to your to-be-read list as she's outdone herself. Wish You Were Here will have readers laughing, crying, crying some more and basically running a gamut of emotions in this beautiful, heart-wrenching story. The relatable heroine finds herself not only at a crossroads in her life, but torn between two great guys. Furthermore, this is a memorable story where readers will fall in love with both men. It would not be surprising if readers picked Wish You Were Here as one of their top reads this year." (Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick))
“An absolute must-read. One hundred percent feelings, beginning to end.” (USA Today)
“There’s an unwritten rule that you must read at least one sticky-sweet romantic book per summer. And we suggest Wish You Were Here.” (Hello Giggles)
“If you loved Me Before You, then you have to read this book!” (Aestas Book Blog)
“Another Carlino masterpiece! Emotional and heartbreaking comes to mind when I think of Wish You Were Here . . . This book and story grabbed my attention from the get-go and I couldn’t stop reading, addicted to the words and frantically trying to finish to see how it would all end.” (Shh Mom's Reading)
“Beautiful. Absolutely, stunningly beautiful. And spectacular, and powerful, and heartbreaking... I just don't have enough adjectives to describe my feelings for this book!” (Night Owl Reader)
“Beautiful and heartfelt, and once again, Renee Carlino has delivered the touching prose she does so well! Wish You Were Here is a thought provoking, poignant, and remarkable story about self-discovery and love." (Totally Booked Blog)
“I absolutely love this woman's ability to tell a story and pull me right in.” (Girl Plus Books)
Praise for Swear on This Life
“Swear on This Life is Renée Carlino at her finest. Raw, real and gripping; I read it in one sitting.”
(Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us)
"This bestselling author knows how to deliver a literary punch, and Swear on this Life is her strongest yet.” (Redbook.com)
“Mysterious and compelling, Swear on this Life is the epic love story your summer needs.” (Bustle)
“Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[Readers] will find themselves simply smitten by both the novel in front of them and the story within the story. Romance readers and women’s fiction fans should snap up this charming love story.” (Booklist)
"Romance fans will find this heartfelt story of resilience and first love hard to put down." (Library Journal)
“Mesmerizing. A story of love and redemption, Renee Carlino's novel is a perfect reason for staying up too late to read.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Holy schnikes, this book...I love the juxtaposition of the story within a story, and I’m addicted to Emi and Jase’s ill-fated love.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers)
“Easily one of the very best reading experiences I’ve had all year. I absolutely loved every word and highly recommend it to everyone!” (Aestas Book Blog)
“A beautifully-written second-chance romance that stays with you long after you’re done.” (Vilma’s Book Blog, 5 stars)
“Carlino's writing will transport you.” (Book Baristas, 4.5 coffee cups)
"This luminous tale from bestselling author Renée Carlino is easily devoured in one sitting…”
"Set in sunny San Diego, Swear On This Life celebrates the unpredictable – and often hilarious – journey of an aspiring writer on the West Coast."
"...Captivating and intriguing, utterly addictive, and filled with the emotional intensity that comes with a heart-wrenchingly powerful love that’s been given a second chance.”
About the Author
Renée Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
“How long have we been in love?”
Wish You Were Here will be on my 2017 favourites shelf at the end of the year, without a doubt. There was so much about this book that I fell in love with and Renee Carlino has proven once again that she never fails to deliver. Wish You Were Here was simply stunning, a breath-taking story about love and loss, soul mates and lightening striking twice. This story was incredibly moving, extremely poignant and just an awe-inspiring piece of writing from the very beginning.
“Do you believe in soul mates, Charlotte?”
“I think so…”
“Do you want to know what I think?”
“I think we have soul mates, but I think we can have more than one…”
Many, many tears were shed reading this book, the prose incredibly moving and Renee Carlino extracted all those emotions with effortless ease. The character connection was on point, the dialogue was simply perfect and the humour interspersed with emotional prose was the perfect balance. Renee Carlino captured her characters perfectly and brought them to life over the pages to the point where you become the voyeur looking in. I felt that I was an innocent bystander watching the lives of these characters play out before my eyes and it is that connection that makes this book all the more consuming.
I don’t want to go into the plot at all as I do not want to spoil it for anyone and this is one book that you need to read as the author intended. This is a book all about the journey and you need to experience this one word for word and let Renee Carlino’s flawless writing envelope and consume you as much as it did me.
Charlotte was flighty by nature, in her late twenties, starting and abandoning many university courses and never having found her purpose in life, she is a little lost. Men are not top of her priority list either, many failed relationships have led to her being extremely jaded and second guessing her ability to be loved. One night she meets Adam, and totally out of character has a one-night stand she will never forget. They had a connection, one she has never felt before and one she fears she will never feel again.
“That’s what happens when you live it well, right? When you have someone to love? It goes by fast. You blink and it’s over.”
Adam is a character that will remain with me for a very, very long time and that is all I am going to say about our lawyer/artist. Other than he was simply adorable on so many levels. The growth in Charlotte throughout this book was amazing. In the beginning, she was a little hard to warm up to, but as she grew, so did my feelings towards her. Charlotte’s heart shone throughout this book and it is her selflessness that ingratiates her to the reader.
“Because I don’t want you to stop asking.”
This book was simply stunning, it took turns I never saw coming and some that I did. As I said above, flawlessly written, emotional, poignant and one heck of a fantastic read. Simply adored it.
“…you were my one.”
With a little help Charlotte connects with someone online. When she meets Seth she immediately feels at ease. They start dating and they have something good together. However, being with Seth makes Charlotte realize how much she still likes Adam. She starts looking for him, but what she finds isn't what she expected at all. She has a difficult decision to make, will she ruin her chance at a happy relationship with Seth for something complicated and uncertain? Will the joy of being with Adam be worth the heartache she's inevitably going to get?
Wish You Were Here is a fantastic book that I can't recommend enough. I immediately loved Charlotte. She doesn't know what she wants exactly, but she tries to figure it out in an active way and she is both funny and fabulously honest. Her night with Adam is something truly magical and reading about their enchanting first meeting warmed my heart. It's a beautiful moment and he's such a special soul. Renée Carlino couldn't have come up with a better version of his personality. He's gorgeous inside and out and I enjoyed reading every single word about him. Seth is a terrific sweet guy with a great sense of humor, so Charlotte has a difficult choice to make. The men in her life both sparkle in their own way, which makes the direction the story eventually takes understandable and incredibly romantic.
Wish You Were Here has many emotional layers. Renée Carlino made me smile plenty of times, I also often laughed out loud and I shed quite a lot of tears as the story progressed too. She's written a brilliant moving rollercoaster of a book. Wish You Were Here is impressive, surprising, heartwarming, energetic, captivating and charming. This novel is absolutely amazing, it's a definite must-read and one the best books I've read this year.
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