New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is back with his most moving and uplifting love story yet – what are you wishing for this Christmas?
Maggie hasn’t told this story in years. More than two decades ago, she fell in love. She was sixteen and far from home, waiting to give her baby up for adoption. Bryce showed Maggie how to take photographs and he didn’t judge her for the way her belly swelled under her jumper. They had the perfect first kiss. Theirs was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.
Now, as Maggie sits by the Christmas tree in her gallery telling her story, surrounded by the photographs that made her famous – the photographs Bryce never saw – her new gallery assistant asks her a question: if she had one wish, what would she wish for this Christmas?
Maggie always thought she knew the answer to that question. But before she can say ‘I’d go back to that winter with Bryce,’ she stops herself. It is all she has ever wanted but suddenly here, on this dark night under the twinkling stars, there is something else she wants. She wants to find her baby.
Nicholas Sparks needs no introduction – with over 105 million copies of his books sold, he’s one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His backlist consists of thirteen #1 New York Times bestsellers and eleven of his novels have been adapted into major films, including my personal favourite, The Notebook.
Now he returns with The Wish, a heart-wrenching story of discovery and loss, and a reminder that time with those precious to us is the greatest gift of all – a message that will resonate with readers now, more than ever. After the crazy year we’ve all had – and the difficult times we still find ourselves in – this book was the perfect antidote.
The novel follows the protagonist Maggie across dual timelines. There’s Maggie in her late thirties, now a successful photographer living in New York City, who is struggling with stage IV melanoma. Then there’s Maggie at sixteen: pregnant, lonely, and sent to live with her aunt in the remote village of Ocracoke, off the coast of North Carolina. That’s where she meets Bryce… and her life is changed forever. What follows is a captivating, passionate romance, and in true Nicholas Sparks fashion, you’ll be left reaching for the tissues before this is over.
Heart-wrenching, moving and utterly engrossing, Sparks once again reminds us why he’s the undisputed king of romantic fiction. If you’re stuck in lockdown and wishing you were elsewhere, pick up The Wish – it’s the perfect piece of escapism.