Friday, May 12, 2017

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

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Review by Suze

Rachel has a gift, she can make wishes come true. This complicates her life, because sometimes the granting of a wish has disastrous consequences. Rachel has been trying to ignore her gift for years, but when she grants one by accident she decides to leave the people she loves behind before anything bad can happen to them. Rachel has experienced what it's like to make a wish that never should have been made come true and she doesn't want to cause disaster again, so she packs her bags and drives away.

Because she runs out of gas Rachel ends up in a village in North Carolina called Nowhere. Fortunately a woman named Catch offers her a place to stay. Catch also has a special ability, she can bind people's secrets by baking them into her scrumptious pies. Catch has a great friend and neighbor, Ashe. Ashe has been hurt in the past and knows what it's like to mourn and lose and he and Rachel have an instant connection. Rachel has finally found people who understand her, but she tries to hide her wish problem from them. However, by trying to keep the wishes away from them they keep following her and they come to the surface in the most uncomfortable circumstances. Rachel has no idea how to stop them, but she knows she has to do something before her life in Nowhere will be ruined as well. Will she eventually be able to find a way to live with the gift she keeps seeing as a curse?

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes is an impressive enchanting story. Rachel is kind, generous and caring. She made a mistake in her past and didn't have a chance to fix it. It's hurting her terribly and the grief will never go away, even after many years. My heart ached for her because of everything she went through when she was younger. Rachel is a wonderful person and she deserves love, peace and happiness. She wants to protect people, but who's protecting her? When she arrives in Nowhere it's clear she's with the people she's supposed to be with and I absolutely loved this aspect of the story because it felt completely right.

Susan Bishop Crispell is a skilled narrator and I really enjoyed reading her beautiful descriptions of emotions, character traits, settings and secrets. She's written a fantastic story with a gorgeous atmosphere about an intriguing village with fascinating inhabitants who are all having plenty of colorful secrets. She combines this with delicious descriptions of pie, plenty of charm and a fabulous dosage of magic. The Secret Ingredient of Wishes is a real treat, it's a story to treasure and cherish and I highly recommend it.

Advice

If you love magical stories about people with special abilities, small towns with plenty of secrets and amazing main characters you should definitely read The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.

20 comments:

  1. I wish I knew Rachel! It sounds like a wonderful book.

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  2. Great review! I love the cover :)

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  3. This sounds just right for me. Thanks for sharing:)

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  4. I'm curious if the wishes have to be verbalized or simply thought.

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  5. What a great idea for a story. I'm intrigued as to what she did that was so bad. I think some people would think this was a great gift but obviously there are times it can go wrong. Added to my wish list.

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  6. Sounds just like something I love to read about, thank you <3

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  7. Definitely a book I will enjoy. Such a gorgeous cover.

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  8. Granting wishes sounds so good but only if they are good ones. Need to invent a filter so the bad ones don't come true.

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  9. I have this book on my wishlist :D
    And the cover is amazing! :)

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  10. Great review! Sounds like a great story!

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  11. This sounds like a great book! Adding it to my TBR list now :D

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  12. It's like an old-fashioned fairy tale!

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  13. I like the magical realism aspect!

    --Trix

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  14. This sounds like a very intriguing book, I don't think that I'd be able to put it down once I'd started reading. Thanks for the review. :-)

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  15. sometimes what we wish for isn't want we need but it's not always easy to admit. this story seem very special in a good sense of the word i would be curious to read it thank you for making me discovering it

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  16. Granting wishes would be a difficult ability. I'm interested in seeing how Rachel handles it.

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