Sunday, February 2, 2014

*REVIEW* "The Wishing Place" by Mindy Haig

Reviewer: Angie
Rating: 5 Stars
The Wishing Place is a magical place and was a magical read. It is told from the POV of a girl named Valerie Porter and a boy named Nickolas Rossi. It is a story of true love and of what it means to be a true family.
We meet Valerie and Nickolas when they are 8 years old. They find each other in the Wishing Place. They can’t get there, via their dreams, every night, but it seems to let them in when they need it most. Valerie needs is quite often, as she is the neglected daughter of a divorced couple who have moved on with new families. After her granny dies, she asks the Wishing Place for something special, and receives Nickolas. He is her only comfort for much of the book.
We travel through the years with them while they struggle with all of lifes ups and downs (more of those seems to happen to Valerie). They believe that they will meet, some day, in the future, but as they get older, it is harder and harder to keep hope in that.
I laughed and cried while reading this book. It is an emotional roller coaster, but one I would take again. Their story touches your heart. I couldn’t help but wish that all children who came from abusive homes had The Wishing Place to escape to. I highly recommend this magical read and look forward to The White Room, which is the sequel to the story.
*copy received in exchanged for an honest review*

The Wishing Place was magical. You went to sleep and you could be there, if it chose to take you. On those lucky nights you could do anything you wanted and have anything you could think to ask for. You could even see the future. But what if you had to wait 16 years for the vision to become reality?

Valerie Porter was a lonely little girl. Her world fell apart when Granny passed away and her parents' troubled marriage ended in a bitter divorce. Her only solace lay in Granny's fairy tales and the secret Granny shared with her alone - the secret of The Wishing Place.

Granny said what The Wishing Place showed was real. She promised Valerie that there was true love in the world waiting for her. Unfortunately, a promise wasn't much to hold on to when Valerie became an unwelcome stepchild.

One night, Valerie asked The Wishing Place to show her something special - something really important. What she got was an eight-year-old boy named Nickolas Rossi who was everything she could want in a friend. But was he just a dream or could he fulfill Granny's promise and make happily ever after a reality?

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