"Joyfully and warmly narrated by [Therese] Plummer, this is a beautiful story about grasping happiness and joy alongside immense sorrow and pain...This warm-hearted listen with an energetic narrator is sure to please." (Booklist)
This program includes an author's note, read by the author.
From the New York Times best-selling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.
Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way. And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before - at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him - but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school - and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit- and tie-wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.
As the school community spirals into chaos and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love - which is the riskiest move of all. With Katherine Center’s sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, What You Wish For is the author at her most compelling best.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
“This charming, often lighthearted novel touches on serious issues and celebrates the power of joy to trump fear and despair.” (People Magazine, Book of the Week)
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I HATED the main character
I was so excited when I heard that Duncan would get his own book. I loved him in Happiness for Beginners.
And this is what I got? Duncan changed drastically because of a traumatic experience. But I still liked him.
I hated HER! I need to give some spoilers to explain what made it impossible to finish this book...
The second Duncan opens up about his PTSD to her, she runs to their boss and tells her ALL about it. Without a second thought to maybe keep such drastic problems private at least for some time... oh no.. she immediatley sells him out
And what do this brilliant women decide? They blackmail Duncan into therapy otherwise he looses his job.. oh that is love!
As someone with PTSD myself, this made me furious! This is my personal nightmare.. someone at my job blackmailing me with my sickness.. And PTSD is a sickness.. here it is treated like a broken nail..
She doesn't even consider first talking about therapy with Duncan! No blackmail is her first choice without even trying something else.
I hated her! She isn't thinking for a second about how much Duncan trusted her...
But Duncan doesn't even comment about it! People with PTSD have a hard time talking about it, trusting people with it, opening up about it and it can cause real problems for your career. I mean they threaten to take his job!
Not to even consider such thoughts.. incredible.. The author clearly had no idea about PTSD. He had to fall in love with her, so he did.
Two stars for meeting Jake and Helen from Happiness for Beginners.. Read that book!
I might take this to personal, but the treatment of PTSD victims in this book offended me a great deal
Ich habe schon mehrere Hörbücher der Autorin gehört und bin bislang jedes Mal wirklich zufrieden gewesen. Dieses hier nun hat mir ausnehmend gut gefallen. Ich mochte die Personen, Stimmungen, Schauplätze. Ein wirklich gelungenes Buch, das zudem sehr angenehm gesprochen wird. Die Handlung ist facettenreich und auch gibt es viele detaillierte Beschreibungen von Handlung und Personen, was alles sehr lebendig und plastisch erscheinen lässt. Es könnte für mich lediglich etwas an der Formulierung von Lebensregeln gespart werden. Mir ist es lieber, wenn Handlung für sich steht und wirkt, man nicht noch eine gezogene Lehre zusammengefasst bekommt. Das ist kein großes Problem, es fiel mir aber auf. Insgesamt schafft das Buch, was man von ihm erwartet, finde ich, es unterhält, lässt mitfühlen und auch ein bisschen nachdenklich sein.