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Publisher's Summary

Includes an exclusive introduction from the author.

The international number one best-selling author of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks is back with his most epic story yet.

What if the person you needed most turned up when you least expected them?

Maggie hasn't told this story in years. More than two decades ago, she fell in love. She was 16 and far from home, waiting to give her baby up for adoption. Bryce showed Maggie how to take photographs, and he didn't judge her for the way her belly swelled under her jumper. They had the perfect first kiss. Theirs was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.

Now, as Maggie sits by the Christmas tree in her gallery telling her story, surrounded by the photographs that made her famous - the photographs Bryce never saw - her new gallery assistant asks her a question. If she had one wish, what would she wish for this Christmas?

Maggie always thought she knew the answer to that question. But before she can say 'I'd go back to that winter with Bryce', she stops herself. It is all she has ever wanted, but suddenly here, on this dark night under the twinkling stars, there is something else she wants. She wants to find her baby.

A heart-wrenching and uplifting story about discovery and loss, The Wish is a reminder that time with those precious to us is the greatest gift of all.

©2021 Willow Holdings Inc (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"This one won't leave a dry eye." (Daily Mirror)

"A fiercely romantic and touching tale." (Heat

"Pulls at the heartstrings." (Sunday Times

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Love is stronger than fear

as the author predicted in the opening....I end thos book in tears!
I was caught in the story from the beginning till the end, finish in few days.
Beautiful narration and message.

It also reminded me of my own first love...breaks my heart every time wondering what if we did make different decisions...
It's almost Xmas....perfect choice to read.

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I loved every minute of my listening

I have read almost all books by Nicholas Sparks and starting to read his latest book I was wondering whether I would be as overwhelmed by the story as I was before. And I was! As English is not my mother tongue unlike native English speakers I read not only for the story but for the language. Nicholas Sparks has never let me down in any way The performance was excellent! Every day I was looking forward to the time I could carry on listening to the book like I was addicted. Thank you for the precious moments!

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  • 01-17-22

Beautiful story

Had me gripped from the first line had laughter and tears would highly recommend. Loved the story so much!!!

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  • 07-30-22

Story all build up with a rushed over conclusion.

Not as good as I was expecting from a Nicolas sparks Novel. Story was ok, very predictable.
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I wish I had a pound for every time they said Ocracoke! I’d be a billionaire. It got very irritating in the end and not necessary.
The story was all build up and then the conclusion very rushed and brushed over.

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  • 04-24-22

In bits 😪

I absolutely love this!! Beautiful story and read beautifully by all. Nicholas Sparks can get me crying over and over.

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  • 04-06-22

Another heart-rending story

I always approach Nicholas Sparks' books with a slight amount of trepidation as they usually are very sad and this was no different. A beautiful story once again. Now off to mop up my tears.

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  • Victoria Marshall
  • 02-20-22

Lovely story. Kept me hooked throughout.

I loved this book. I have yet to find a Nichols sparks book that I haven’t enjoyed. I really hope they make this into a movie.

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  • cynthiya razeen
  • 02-12-22

Have tissues ready 😭

Last book I cried for was Nicholas Sparks The Choice... And here i am again 😶

Such a warm heart breaking story... Totally movie worthy.

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  • dk.bookworm
  • 01-17-22

The wish

I feel that this book should come with a warning…. If you are not in the mood to deal with the main character battling with stage 4 cancer ( a fact we told right from the start so I don’t feel a spoiler alert is necessary) then you might not want to read / listen to this book right now.

Nicholas says in the introduction…this will make you cry ( although that’s nothing unusual for one his books) and yes I did cry.

That said it is a good, enjoyable story, (although particularly one of Maggie’s decisions didn’t make sense to me , I’m detracting one star because of this. .)
I didn’t think it could come with a satisfying ending but it does.
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  • Jem2020
  • 01-14-22

Absolutely beautiful

I enjoyed this story immensely, it was easy to become hooked and I didn’t want to stop listening putting it on to listen to it at every opportunity.
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  • Lula
  • 01-13-22

Beautiful!

A magical, feel good story to uplift you and make you smile in what sometimes feels like a crazy world ❤️

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  • 01-09-22

Not very Christmassy

The ending is typical Nicholas Sparks. Nice message but I wouldn’t consider this a Christmas book.

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  • 10-05-21

Best Nicholas Sparks book ever

Extremely emotional book. I cried buckets. Nicholas Sparks weaves his magic again. Must read. You won't be disappointed.