What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Photo Credit: St.Martin’s Press

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

What You Wish For

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

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

After LOVING How To Walk Away and Things You Save In A Fire, when I saw this as a read now on Netgalley- I had to get it.

I read this over a weekend- utterly engrossed in the characters, the school, the setting. A little known fact about me: I used to teach. And if I had the pleasure of teaching at a school like the one in this book- I might still be teaching.

I don’t think I actively thought about one of the big reveals of the book- but when it was revealed- it was no shock- it was just another layer that added more depth to this story.


What I liked:

THE COVER. Honestly, I would love to have all of Katherine’s books as art on my wall.

Samantha. Maybe it’s because I think librarians should rock (and maybe it’s because all the ones I have come into contact with in my life are NOT poster children for why we should love libraries) but Samantha was perfection. She would be who I would want around children as they learned about the wonderful ways of the library.

The feel good feeling I had when I finished this book. It just gave me allllllll the hearts.


Bottom line: If you enjoyed her 2 previous books, I suggest you grab a copy and meet Samantha- the latest heroine we can cheer for from the mind of Katherine Center.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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