BOOK TITLE: Wish You Were Here
ISBN: 9781847562838, 9780007443239
AUTHOR: Victoria Connelly
NUMBER OF PAGES: 259
FORMAT: ePub, digital.
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REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20539669-dhivya-balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: A colleague recommended this book highly and lent me her ‘eReader’ for my reading.
Wish you were here is a novel that is, at best, practical. That much cannot be said for many books these days. Much like the protagonist of the novel, Alice Archer, the story starts plainly enough, but then manages to dazzle as it progresses. Plain old Alice Archer has a full time day job, where men never notice her, and a house on rent that is big enough for one person. Alice also has a sister, Stella, who is her exact anti theses. Alice is plain, frugal and responsible. Stella is gorgeous, carefree and spends a lot.
When Stella breaks up with a boyfriend, he leaves with her the tickets for a weeklong vacation in the island of Kethos in Greece. She invites her sister for the sake of company and Alice is glad for the change of scenery. In the island, she stumbles upon a beautiful villa where the gardener is a handsome hunk. She soon engages in holiday romance without knowing the secret the handsome hunk was hiding. They enjoy a whirlwind of romance but due to a twist in circumstances, they are unable to meet each other and Alice suspects he has a family with a wife and few kids.
In Greece, she does something for fun that makes her life turn about. At home Alice deals with the problems in the forefront. Namely, her sick father, selfish sister and men who have now started noticing her. Once she gets back to England, Alice finds herself thinking with longing about Greece. And back in Greece, Milo is pining for her. Over the course of the next few months, Alice and Milo are unable to think of their own selves.
A change of circumstances forces Alice to rethink her decision. She has had enough of the wish she made and decides to revoke it. But it means going back to Greece, and meeting Milo. How she manages to reclaim her life from the downward spiral and if or not Alice manages to settle in the love of her life forms the rest of the story. In the tale of love, family and life, the reader is taken on a roller coaster of two different locations, different people and totally contrasting lives.
Praise must be given for the language and the humour of the whole book. It is filled with individual scenes that are noteworthy and some quite memorable. If the lead people are both wishing to each other, “Wish you were here”, the readers would wish at a few moments, “Wish I were there”. And this is one beautiful piece of work in that aspect. Though the book is a onetime read, there are a few worthy pieces to quote. Wish you were here is beautifully written, and is quite relatable.
WHAT I LIKED: Good character sketch, nice location switch, and relatable story line, clear and concise language with no dreary descriptions.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: Predictable end, and certain clichéd unnecessary twists that make the reader go “Can’t you see even that?”
VERDICT: A perfectly content tale that does not disappoint.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Victoria Connelly was brought up in Norfolk and studied English literature at Worcester University before becoming a teacher in North Yorkshire. After getting married in a medieval castle and living in London for eleven years, she moved to rural Suffolk with her artist husband and ever-increasing family of animals. She has had three novels published in Germany – the first of which was made into a film.
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle, paperback, digital.
PRICE: Rs. 467.99 for kindle edition
BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Wish-Were-Here-Victoria-Connelly/dp/1847562833