It’s Valentine’s Day, and all the happy couples in love are headed out to a dinner, or to a celebration of exchanging gifts and notes. The widows who gather together for support in the Blossom Street bookstore are also coming together on this night, but to celebrate new directions in their lives. Their differences are many, but they share a need for others who have experienced this common grief, to search for hope and a way out of grief into a new future. They start their adventure by making a list of twenty things that they would like to see happen in their lives. On those lists, they include trips to take, things to do, opportunities to help others, and the ability to love again.
Anne Marie’s wishes includes finding her singing voice again - she has not been able to sing since the loss of her husband. Her list also includes dancing in the rain and sharing a trip to Paris with someone she loves. Anne Marie will find all of these wishes coming true, although not in the way she expects. Anne Marie’s volatile relationship with her step-daughter will also be affected by her list of twenty wishes.
Lillie and Barbie are a mother and daughter who lost their husbands in a common plane crash, and both hope to fall in love again. They will find that true love can come from some unexpected beginnings. Elsie has spent the last few years caring for a sick husband. Her twenty wishes involve moving beyond herself to share the burdens of those around her. In doing so, she will also help some of the other widows to do the same. For Anne Marie, reaching out to others will change her life.
Twenty Wishes is about starting over again. Death has come to each of these women, and they have dealt with the grief of losing their husbands. For some, it was a relief and a release from a loveless marriage. For others, it was a challenge to start life again with a new set of expectations. For all of them, the lists of twenty wishes will be drops in a lake sending out circles of ripples that will affect all of those who know and love them. Once again, the reader is reminded that hope springs eternal.
Author Debbie Macomber brings us another encouraging, uplifting story about the ladies of Blossom Street and their ability to band together and get things done. The story includes characters we have already met and come to love, such as Alix and Susannah. There are also new characters here - Ellen, the motherless child; Mark, a man who has closed his heart to love; and Lillie, who blooms in the presence of the love of an honorable man. Macomber fans will not be disappointed.