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WISH I MAY by Lexi Ryan
I grew up wishing on stars.
My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.
Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.
This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.
I find myself looking to my stars again...wondering if I dare one more wish.
Wish I May was a beautiful story about love. Taught from a young age by her father to wish on the stars and believe in destiny Cally Fisher has her world turned upside down by the harsh realities of a drug addicted mother, two younger sisters to care for and no money. Forced to make choices that she truly didn't understand the consequences of Cally separates herself completely from her past and her boyfriend William Bailey. It is not until she must return to her home town of New Hope that she realises sometimes physical distance means nothing to the heart and sometimes, even the unforgiveable can be forgiven.
I really liked Cally. She was so incredibly strong and so responsible - despite not having had the best of role models in either of her parents. She was selfless and did everything she could to care for her sisters ... and the price she paid was enormous. It was wonderful to watch her character blossom a little and see others rally around and support her, rather than judging her on the actions of her mother.
William is wonderful. Heartbroken when Cally was forced to leave town with her mother he never fully understood why Cally broke off all contact with him. When faced with her seven years later he is once again captivated by her and fights hard to have the chance to be with her again. The chemistry between the two is fabulous - nothing moves too quickly and they each battle with their conscience as they start to explore what might be possible.
Cally's past choices bring a number of darker elements into her life and these are not as absent as she would truly like, even as she tries to move towards a brighter future. She is torn between disclosing everything to the man she has come to love again and risk losing him or just walking away, to spare him any further pain. There are some other minor twists thrown in that mean the final outcome is not entirely predictable, although the romantic in me was always hoping that Cally and William would get their happily ever after.
Ryan has a gorgeous writing style that is so easy to get lost in. Wish I May is book 2 in the New Hope series but can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read the first book and didn't feel that I was missing anything while reading Wish I May. Of course now I'm inspired to pick up book 1 - Unbreak Me to learn a little more about some of the characters I met in this beautiful story.
4 out of 5 stars
Lexi Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. A former college English professor, Lexi now writes full time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children. Please visit www.lexiryan.com
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