Friday, 20 September 2013

Making Wishes review by Jess Mountifield

Story Overview:

Elloree Prince is an attractive, creative young woman who marries a wealthy businessman, Tom Randall. After courting his bride with unrelenting determination, Tom moves her into old-moneyed Oak View, where generations of Randalls have lived for years.

Outwardly, Elloree appears to settle into raising their two sons within Oak View's stifling social structure, but inwardly, she yearns for her artistic work. An unexpected phone call from Mark Williams, her former employer, offers her the career opportunity of a lifetime, and she must make a choice. She is torn between her devotion to her sons and her love for her work. Her decision to return to Wishes, Inc. brings dramatic life changes to her and the people she loves.

Cover: 16/20

When I saw the cover I thought this book was going to be more about the child, especially with the more 'childlike' title of Making Wishes but it turned out that the company she works for is called Making Wishes. Otherwise the cover looks very professional.

Characters: 14/20

I really liked Elloree and could relate to her pretty much right away but I felt most of the rest of the cast weren't quite so well thought through, except for maybe Nigel. The men were all wealthy and a bit overbearing and the other women all seemed to be the same mold of gossipy upper class women.

Storyline: 10/20

No matter how I tried I found to difficult to follow the storyline of this book. It started fairly well but I could never quite figure out how much time had passed and the incident with Elloree's son just seemed to be too quick and not very explained. I think it would have been a better book if that was expanded upon. I also found the parts in London difficult to read. A lot of it was very stereotypical English and Scottish and seemed a little forced to someone native to the country.

I also struggled with how rich everyone was and how normal that seemed to be. I guess it's maybe because I don't really 'get' the upper class in normal life, let alone reading a story filled with upper class characters, but it felt too unreal to me.

Style: 17/20

The book was easy to read in terms of styling so I can't really fault much there, although I felt time rushed by too quickly, which I mentioned elsewhere and sometime important things were glossed over in favour of progressing the romance, but those were minor niggles.

Spelling and Grammar: 20/20

I don't think I noticed a single mistake so full marks on that side of things.

Conclusion: 77/100

The book started well but I struggled with the settings and upperclass vibe and found the book was less real to me personally. Otherwise this is a sweet romance story and a good look at balancing dreams and motherhood.

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