Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she’s proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she’s created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.
In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace’s fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.
But things get complicated when Grace’s past catches up with her, and she knows that’s not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He’s determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.
I have not hidden the fact that I love Carr’s Thunder Point series (see The Wanderer, The Newcomer, The Hero, The Chance, The Promise, and The Homecoming). All of these books are full of real people with real issues – hopes, dreams, troubles and foibles – and One Wish is no different.
I love the relationship that develops between Grace and Troy. Though they start as friendly acquaintances, they quickly and easily move into something more. Once again Carr captures the fluidity of real life, the ease of deepening feelings as time goes by. But unlike the average person, Grace is keeping a pretty big secret – one that will have an impact on her relationship with Troy. Captured beautifully, the way they figure out whether they can move on together is very touching and makes for a true Carr ending.
In addition to the fantastic main story, returning readers are also treated to an update on some of their past favorites, plus we get a sneak peek at the next story. My favorite part is that it doesn’t feel forced and every time a new story comes out I feel like I’m coming home again, visiting old friends and making new ones.
Emotional, full of warmth and heartbreak, offset with humor and fun, One Wish highlights why Thunder Point is one of my favorite places to visit. I get giddy at just the notion of a new book and the fact that Carr usually releases at least three a year just makes me so darn happy.