Wishful Thinking

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Jess is a struggling lone parent, while Christian is a pop icon turned Hollywood star. Their lives could hardly be more different, yet fate wove them together. Can their unlikely love thrive or will the trappings of stardom unravel love's ties? More

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  • Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
  • Words: 69,810
  • Language: British English
  • ISBN: 9781476466316
About Lynette Sofras

A former head of English, Lynette gave up her teaching career a few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfill her childhood dream. She writes contemporary women's fiction, often involving romance with suspense or a supernatural twist. THE APPLE TREE was first published by Prism Book Groups (formerly Inspired Romance) and was their inaugural Grand Prize Winner in 2011. Her second novel, the romantic suspense, IN LOVING HATE was first published by MuseItUp Publishing the following year. In 2012 she also published two further contemporary romances WISHFUL THINKING and SHOPPING FOR LOVE. Subsequently a slight genre departure saw her penning a romantic thriller KILLING JENNA CRANE, followed by the ghost story/women's fiction UNWORKERS and also co-authoring a short science fiction story SURVEILLANCE. A darker romance with suspense THE NIGHTCLUB followed in 2014. She is currently writing a romantic adventure provisionally titled HANNAH'S HOUSE, due for publication in 2016.

Lynette lives with her family in an early Victorian cottage in a picturesque village on the Surrey/London borders. When she’s not writing, she loves catching up with friends and films, going to the theater, reading, gardening and trying to keep the family’s quirky cat out of trouble.

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Review by: Emily Hetherington on Dec. 9, 2012 :
I loved this book just as much as the others I have read by her. Lynette never fails to draw me in and surround me in her beautiful words. I am captured early on, almost becoming one with Jess and feeling her love, her happiness, her sorrow and her pain.
This is a whirlwind of a story with so much happening for Jess so quickly that it was easy to empathise with her when she became lost and confused. Each character is effortlessly portrayed in their entirety. You get to know the ins and outs of every character without feeling like you're just being told the facts; it is all woven in together.
As per usual Lynette has pulled me in to listen to her tale, making the task seem simple. I love the characters, I love the plot, I love the turn of phrase, I love it all!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Deborah Court on Dec. 8, 2012 :
Wonderful, heartwarming love story!

I had the pleasure of reading an early review copy of Ms Sofras's novel and instantly loved it. This is a sweet, tender love story between two human beings who fall in love almost at first sight; however, their relationship seems to be destined to fail. For who could imagine a famous singer turned movie star falling in love with a single mother who doesn't know anything about the world of the rich and the famous? But despite many obstacles (worst of those, a jealous pop star girl friend who could be voted for the most hateful character in a book ever), Christian and Jess are determined to fight for their love ...

Having read several of Ms Sofras's romances, I think that this is one of her best. I really liked the down-to-earth character of Jess, who falls for Christian hard but nevertheless would put back her own happiness if it would threaten the well-being of her young son. Maybe one of the reasons Christian is so compelled by her is that she doesn't treat him as a star at all. In fact, she doesn't recognize him and when she learns who he is, she doesn't even care about his celebrity state. She loves him for the wonderful, caring man he is. This is what gives this story (as any of the author's works) a touch of reality and real depth while staying hopelessly romantic. It reminded me a bit of the movie "Notting Hill". Absolute recommended read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenny Twist on Dec. 8, 2012 :
Gripping Read

When Jess and her young son, Ben are nearly killed in a high-speed blow-out on the motorway, their escape feels like a miracle. And it seems like another small miracle when, unable to face the rest of her long drive, the roadside rescue man finds a small hotel to take them in, even though it is closed for a few days. And there she finds yet another miracle. She meets Chris, the man of her dreams.
It all seems too good to be true! Perhaps she is dreaming or has indeed died and gone to heaven.
But it is really happening and, as is the way of real life, the path of true love does not run smooth. Jess's baggage, in the shape of her young son, is nothing compared to the baggage Chris is carrying. He is bound, not so much by love as by guilt, to the woman who used to play in his band. And she will not let him go easily.

This is Ms Sofras' second novel and it is superb. Her beautiful, articulate prose is a pleasure to read. Her characters live and breathe and her plot is interesting and different. I fell into the story at the first page and did not surface until I'd finished. It left me wanting more and I shall certainly read it again.
Another winner!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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