The Third Wish by Carolyn Brown

Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing

Be careful what you wish for…

When she was eight years old, Jessica found an old bottle on the beach and made three wishes: that she wouldn’t always be the tallest kid in the class, that she would find a big conch shell, and that she would finally meet her father someday. Jessica’s wishes never came true—no other kids ever matched her height and she only ever found a small conch shell at the beach—but twenty years later, when she finds her mother’s old love letters, she has a chance to make the third wish come true.

Jessica travels to Florida to find her father but their reunion is interrupted by his arrogant junior business partner, Rocky Rycroft. Indignant, Jessica goes back to her Texas hometown and is surprised that Rocky follows her home. He explains he’s been sent by her father’s family learn more about Jessica, but all of Jessica’s friends insist his interest is more personal than that.

Jessica was looking for her father, not love. Could she now possibly have both?


I loved this book from the synopsis. I haven’t heard something like this before, so I thought it would be great. I was unfortunately disappointed with how it was. It wasn’t so much the story, it was the editing and the characters that didn’t do it for me.

I think that this book went too fast. The flying back and forth was a little crazy and confusing. There were also characters that had similar names and qualities and so I couldn’t differentiate who was who.

The editing had me almost stop this book a few times. There were many mistakes with grammar and spelling throughout this short novella. There was one point where the word “here” was spelled like “hear” and I had to stop and put it down. There were some things that I just couldn’t deal with, so I had to drop the rating on this book.

Rating: ★★★★

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