The Wish List: A charming page turner that will break your heart and piece it back together

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‘Simply brilliant and absolutely unputdownable... So good. Like, so so good... I literally devoured it in one go and that’s never happened to me before... Honestly I can’t praise this book enough... P.S. I loved the ending.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

He was perfect. Denim-blue eyes, a dazzling smile. And he hadn’t sent me a picture of his junk. Which is about as rare, these days, as a Dodo.

When Sloane met Myles, everything fell into place. He loved a Martini almost as much as she did, shared her passion for four-cheese pizzas, and made her laugh harder than any episode of Friends. She’d found The One at last and she could finally delete Tinder, forgetting all those waste-of-space men she’d never have to date again.

But then she finds out that Myles has a secret. A very big one.

The fairytale is over. Her heart is blown to smithereens. Drowning her sorrows in Ben & Jerry’s can only get Sloane so far before she has to decide… Can she learn to love herself more than she loved the love of her life? And what if, after everything, she’s got Myles – and his secret – all wrong?

No, We Can’t Be Friends is a brilliantly relatable, hilarious and feel-good novel that every woman with a waste-of-space ex HAS to read! If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, pick up this laugh-out-loud book – you won’t regret it.

Readers totally love No, We Can’t Be Friends:

I just adored this book!... It's a life story, honest and relatable, but it is also entertaining and hard to put down… A very relatable story as any of us who have gone through a long-term relationship breakup or a divorce will vouch for, but also very uplifting and heart-warming.’ Reading Tonic, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Absolutely everything chick lit should be!... Did I laugh? You betcha! Did my self-esteem feel a bit of a boost? Yup! Do I feel a sense of hope that things will work out okay? Absolutely!... I'd say this book ticked all the right boxes for me... Page-turner!' One Page at a Time, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The perfect blend of wit, romance, and poignance.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Okay, first things first… I have to hand it to Sophie Ranald... Hats off to her. This was not my first Sophie Ranald book and definitely not my last. Honestly I can't praise this book enough.' Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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1 review
Gaele Hi
November 18, 2019
Maria’s world is very small, by design. After the death of her daughter, her world compressed into a series of days spent without interaction, a specific task for each day, friends and fun eliminated. Except for Thursdays – the one day she allowed herself a treat at the local café, a pot of tea, perhaps a slice of cake. Alone. Always alone. Until a man budged up to her table and her Thursdays became the highlight of her week. Albert (or Albie) was kind, made her laugh, and perhaps fall just a little bit in love with him. If it weren’t for her secrets – secrets she was sure would send him packing. But one Thursday he wasn’t there – nor the next, or the one after that. A call from the solicitor explained the situation, and Maria soon found herself in possession of Albie’s home and not inconsiderable fortune. All meaningless to a woman who had specific days for shopping, laundry, hair appointments and rarely varied her routine. Fortunately for Maria – Albie had left a list of tasks that he was working on – and it was his wish that Maria finish this list – from helping the homeless Keith to redecorating the café, to finding a way to encourage a troubled, but talented teenaged boy. Each of the ‘tasks’ required that Maria stretch herself and step out of the carefully constructed box that she has erected to contain her life and allow her to live without the highs and lows of emotion and loss. Oh this was a lovely story with Maria’s tale of woe for the last 40+ years gradually revealing itself as she comes to grips with her own failures and guilts. It’s not that Maria is unfeeling – but very afraid of being hurt again, and shys away from interactions that may lead to someone rejecting her – just as she feels that life rejected her after her daughter died. It’s a slow process for Maria with many setbacks, but it seems that in trying to make amends for his own shortcomings when younger, Albie has found the keys to help others achieve their dreams with a bit of help. From providing others with an ear to truly hear them, to finding ways to ‘improve’ their situations – intentionally or not, Maria blossoms as she follows the list, finally able to free herself from the stranglehold that grief and guilt had upon her, and with the final discovery, a sort of happiness and a list of her own. A lovely and heartwarming story, full of emotion from laughter to tears, all with the spirit of Albie driving, coaxing and cheering on an often reluctant Maria who gains strength through helping (and being helped) in the most unexpected ways. A wonderful debut that will be sure to put this author on many reader’s auto-buy list. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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