What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.”—Kirkus (starred review)

From the New York Times bestselling 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.

My Review:

I have loved everything that Katherine Center has released recently and this is no exception. Sam is a beloved school librarian that has a tendency to run when life gets too complicated. She has finally found a little nook in the world where she has made a home and found a “family”. She is content and ready to start a new school year when tragedy strikes and her first instinct is to flee.

As the school community bands together to save their beloved institution and what it stands for, Sam struggles to stay grounded. Katherine has a way of taking some heavy topics and bringing them to light in a very readable and understanding way.

This was another great read! It is very well done.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One thought on “What You Wish For by Katherine Center

  1. Hi Candice, just found your blog and wanted to say hi and I’m looking forward chatting books with you. I’m a big fan of Katherine Center’s books, and I enjoyed this one, but loved How to Walk Away even more :D, she has become an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to read her next one.

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

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