1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she meets Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce gradually shows her how much there is to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduces her to photography, a passion that will define the rest of her life.
By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.
As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
I want to start out by saying this is the first time I have actually read a Nicholas Sparks book, sure I have seen many of the movies that have been made from his books but I hadn't read them before hand, and now I know what I have been missing.
THE WISH takes us on an emotional journey from present day (2019) and back to 1996 when Maggie's life changed drastically. I have to admit to shedding more than a few tears while reading this book. I loved the way this story was told, very reminiscent to the way THE NOTEBOOK was told, a story within a story.
In present time Maggie is dealing with a medical diagnosis which keeps her home during the Christmas Holiday instead of traveling to remote places to take pictures for which she is famously known. During this time she tells her assistant about herself, especially the time when she found herself pregnant at sixteen years old and what happened when her parents sent her to live with her Aunt in Ocracoke, North Carolina. We learn about the boy she met there and how she fell in love with photography.
OMG I am starting to tear up again, this is why it has taken so long for me to complete my review. I read this book over a month ago and it's still packing a punch. I don't think there is enough praise I can give this book. I really hope that this will be turned into a movie like many of Nicholas Spark's books have been.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance, or if you are just looking to loose yourself in a good holiday read this one is for you.