Shallow, bitter, violently fat-phobic high society gal Berni has just
gotten the shock of her life; which is to say, her death. Before she
can go to heaven she is charged with a task. She must improve the
life of one Nellie Grayson, a plump, loving spinster whose existence consists
solely of caring for her selfish family members. In exchange for a
ticket to paradise, Berni must assure that Nellie marries the handsome
Jace Montgomery and has the life of happiness that she deserves.
However, Berni isn't
interested in playing fairy godmother for poor Nellie, whom she assumes to
be a superficial, selfish creature, and makes only a
half-hearted attempt at her job before retreating into a "life" of luxury. But
is in for a rude awakening when she checks on her charge and realizes not
only that she judged Nellie unfairly but that she *gasp* is actually
beginning to care for the poor put-upon girl. Suddenly Berni has to scramble
to somehow repair the damage her own selfish irresponsibility has wrought.
Can Berni pull
off this Herculean task and bring the two would-be lovers together, or are she and Nellie
each doomed in their own way?
worked for me:
concept of this story was a fun one. Who doesn't love to root for an
underdog and hope that their nemeses get their much-deserved come-uppance?
And may I
just say, thank
heavens our heroine finally grew a spine!
Size-wise Nellie was plump, and Jace had no qualms about it.
What didn't work for me:
This is another case where the fat phobia experienced by the main
characters was too modern a sentiment for the day. Despite the rise of the
willowy Gibson girl, much admired actress
Lillian Russell still reigned in that era and was far more zaftig than 160-odd-pound Nellie, who
would have been about the same size as
Marilyn Monroe at her heaviest.
were some minor plot issues that stood out here and there,
but I can't get into them without spoiling the story.
Paranormals and American Historicals might like this Cinderella
"Mountain Laurel", a novel about the hero's mother.)
this book has some weight loss and features one steamy scene.
If you liked "Wishes" you might also
enjoy "The Hero's Best Friend",
"The Bride of Willow Creek",
"A Country Christmas",
"No Ordinary Princess",
"The Bluebird and the Sparrow",
"Land of Dreams".
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