Wish You Were Here A Novel by Renée Carlino has an expected publication date of August 15th 2017 by Atria Books and is a women’s fiction novel. You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks. Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.
Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment. Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.
About the author: Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women’s novels and new adult fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Website
My thoughts: Wish You Were Here is a very emotional and heartbreaking read. Carlino writes a beautiful bitter sweet story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart. Her stories are original and truly one of a kind. I was swept off my feet with this lovely novel that took me on a journey through many emotions. I was crying one minute and laughing the next. The characters are well thought out with very creative backstories and a refreshing plot line that is full of ups and downs. This book is full of love, life, hope and loss. A book that will not be easily forgotten. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **