What You Wish For by Katherine Center #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: What You Wish For

Author: Katherine Center

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

Page Count: 320

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before―at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him―but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school―and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.

As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love―which is the riskiest move of all.

With Katherine Center’s sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, What You Wish For is the author at her most compelling best.


What You Wish For by Katherine Center is a contemporary romance. Having read three books now by this author I can say that the one thing she has had in common in those is having a somewhat flawed main character making the story feel much more real. Each time there is something they may struggle with so there is so much more emotion within.

This story introduces readers to Samantha Casey who is an elementary school libraian who rents out a guest house from her school principal. Sam adores the principal and his wife just as if they were her own family so she voluteers to throw him a huge birthday bash. Unfortunately though things take a horrible turn when her friend and mentor suffers an attack at the party and passes away.

Everyone at the small elementary school is shocked by the death and all expect his wife to take over the duties of principal also being a teacher in the school. However, instead of getting their much loved teacher a new man is hired to take the job, Duncan Carpenter. Duncan is someone Sam knows from her past but as he arrives Sam quickly learns this isn’t the same fun loving Duncan she remembers.

What You Wish For is another wonderful read from Katherine Center with both main characters having their own issues they both struggle to overcome. I will say being my third book from this author that what I feel this one lacked a bit over the others was simply just more time invested in their time together. The book spent a lot of build up so some of the time together gets a bit glossed over and I wouldn’t have minded more depth but otherwise this was still a lovely read.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Katherine Center’s new novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR. She’s the author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire—both instant New York Times bestsellers—as well as The Lost Husband (now a movie starring Josh Duhamel), and five other bittersweet comic novels. She writes laugh-and-cry books about how life knocks us down—and how we get back up. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Her books have made countless Best-Of lists, including Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019, Goodreads’ Best Books of the Year 2019, BookBub’s Best-Loved Books of 2019, the Indie Next Great Reads List, SheReads’ Best Women’s Fiction 2019, BookList’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction, and many, many more. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.

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