What You Wish For {Review and Giveaway}

by Elizabeth

Most girls growing up assume one day they’ll have a husband, kids, a house  possibly with hardwood floors and an ocean view and maybe even twins. (Oh those details weren’t important to you?) It’s not spoken of as commonly, but plenty of boys feel that way too. But what happens when life doesn’t go as planned? You don’t meet someone you could commit to, or you find that getting pregnant is going to be impossible for you and your spouse. What You Wish For follows several people who are finding that their lives aren’t following the expected pattern.

Actress Dimple Bledsoe is still safely under 40 according to her resume, although her birth certificate tells another story. She’s up for a big part in a new movie that’s getting a lot of buzz, and she seems to be hitting it off with the director. But she’s also looking at sperm donors, and wondering if it’s worth once again putting her desire to have a family on hold for her career.

Wyatt is a high school principal, kind-hearted and wise in the ways of teens. He’s never married, but he longs for a family. With that in mind, he’s looking at private adoption. His cousin, Eva, feels just as unnatural because she really doesn’t want to have kids. Her own mother was a single mum, young and vibrant and full of life, until she married late in life, had twins, and fell into a deep depression which she treats with medicine that has left her brittle and lifeless. (Aside: Having twins does not always equal depression) She looks at Wyatt, at her friend Maryn, and others who desperately want children and wonders what’s wrong with her, that she just as desperately doesn’t.

Maryn’s husband left her when she had breast cancer and he couldn’t handle her illness. Fortunately, they’d had embryos frozen ahead of time, in case the treatment left her infertile, which it did. Unfortunately, her husband is now remarried, and unwilling to sign the papers willing to allow her to go ahead and use the embryos. This leads to a lawsuit that catches the attention of the electorate and creates a subplot that runs throughout the novel–should embryos be considered as actual children, or should women have the right to use or not use them as they please? This leads to all sorts of complications, pitting Maryn against her ex-husband Andy (an essentially nice guy who’s in over his head with his ambitious new wife) and pulling in all sorts of other people, some of whom are willing to go to any lengths to get what they want.

What You Wish For is a novel about ways of creating families that aren’t the typical boy-meets-girl-they-get-married-and-have-2.5-kids. It’s about finding out that sometimes, what you thought you wanted isn’t as good as what you’ve got. I really enjoyed this novel because I really liked the characters. I was sorry to finish it, because I wanted to keep spending time with these people. 

I’m pleased to announce that one of you can win a copy of What You Wish For. Just leave a comment below to enter, and tell me, did you want twins when you were little? If so, did you end up having them after all? If so, were you surprised?

The winner of The Mom 100 Cookbook is Susan P.

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Elizabeth did want twins when she was young and even prayed for them when she was about 12. She’d completely suppressed THAT memory, and was totally shocked when the ultrasound showed two little heartbeats on the monitor. Learn more at her blog Planet Nomad and read her other book reviews at 5 Minutes for Books.

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Elizabeth is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes who loves being part of the team at 5 Minutes for Books. She's lived in 7 countries and is currently in Oregon, where she spends most of her time with Iraqi refugees. She has 3 teens.

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1 LaTanya August 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I wanted twins, but so far I have not had twins.


2 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

i would have loved twins but not to be
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3 Stacie Fontinell August 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Never wanted twins…but got 2 lovely boys who are 1 year and 7 months apart. Perfect !
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4 Chelsea August 27, 2012 at 12:28 am

I always wanted four boys and four separate pregnancies… but God gifted me with three girls in two pregnancies (my youngest are twins)


5 Kimberly B. August 27, 2012 at 3:30 am

I wanted twins but didn’t have twins.


6 Nicole Robinson August 27, 2012 at 6:37 am

I wanted twins, but after having a single, I think it’s best that I build my family one by one.


7 emily August 27, 2012 at 7:14 am

I had always thought having twins would be great. My three singletons keep me very busy, though! I think God gave me just what I needed.


8 Jenny August 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

I never really though about having twins – but if I ever did, that would be great :)


9 Jenny August 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

oops – thought :)


10 Rebecca August 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I have twins. Looking back, I don’t remember if I wanted twins or not. But now I do have them!


11 Idaho Jill August 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I always always wanted twins – I even did a term paper in high school about long lost twins who found each other. I did not have twins, though, and after seeing friends have twins and how much work it was, I am ultimately glad I just have my wonderful singleton daughter!
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12 Sharon August 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I don’t want twins, and haven’t had them yet :)


13 Linda Kish August 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

As a single mom, I was really hoping to not have twins. I did not have twins even though they do run in my family. One was enough.

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14 Elisabeth August 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Nope never wanted twins or had them! I kept having boys so I just wanted a girl!


15 Jessica T August 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

Yes I wanted them and now I’m grateful I didn’t have them!!


16 Terra Heck August 28, 2012 at 3:01 am

I can’t say that twins were something I looked forward to having. Although I did not have twins, I have two boys that are 13 months apart and everyone assumes they’re twins. Love the boys to death and glad I had them. Thanks.


17 Katie August 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

Definitely dreamed of having twins, and still do sometimes :) maybe in the future!


18 Beth - TheAngelForever
August 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

Never specifically dreamed of having twins. We do believe that my youngest was a twin, but something happened very early on.
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19 Shannon F. August 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I did want twins! Even when I was first pregnant, I wanted twins. But I only had one baby– a girl. I cant even imagine having twins now!


20 Staci A August 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I would love to have twins, but didn’t. Though I’m not sure I could handle 2 little ones at once!


21 Ruthie B August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I wanted a boy and a girl & that’s exactly what we got!


22 Caitlin McClure August 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Not sure I could handle twins, just having one


23 Annette {This Simple Mom} August 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Nope…didn’t want twins. My mom wanted six sets of them though. She did have 5 kids…individually.
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24 polly August 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

i did want twins but i didn’t get them…but i did get 2 wonderful children!


25 Beth A. August 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Never wanted two at once and glad I didn’t have them! :)
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26 Jackie August 30, 2012 at 2:38 am

I totally wanted twins – didn’t get them but I’d have loved to have had them.
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27 Maggie C August 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

I did NOT want twins and thankfully did not get them.
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28 Richelle August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Omigosh, I totally found something I wrote in a journal for English class in probably 4th grade. It stated that I would be graduated from college (a teacher) and married by 23. I would have 4 kids (two of which were twins). It didn’t say where I’d live, but of course my husband was handsome :) I am married and with kids, but I don’t have four. I sure wasn’t married at 23 either! Close, but off by a couple of years. I am not a teacher either, but everyone says I should have been. Why did so many little ones dream of having twins?! LOL.


29 Kayla J August 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I would prefer to not have twins, I honestly don’t know if I could handle it. If I did, of course I would be happy, but as I said, I would prefer not to.


30 Mary Cloud August 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Don’t know if I would have wanted twins but they would have been a blessing to us. We have two children not twins

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31 Beth C August 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Yes, I always wanted twins, but never had them.


32 mell August 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Wanted twins, did not get them


33 amber pafford August 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

No I never wanted twins singles are already a handful! I have two little boys 2.5 and 1.5



34 Teresa Thompson August 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

No twins, a son and a daughter.


35 Kim September 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

No, I never wanted twins. Just one at a time is scary enough! hahaha
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36 Angie September 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I wanted twins but I never got some!
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37 Linda September 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I never thought about having twins. I always wanted 3 kids. I have two. Not twins!!


38 Emilee September 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

I always wanted twins when I was little, still do, but have two beautiful kiddos that are 3 years apart instead =)


39 samantha September 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

I didn’t want twins, but if thats what would have happened I would have been happy. I got my boy and girl 2 years apart like I wanted, and our family is perfect.


40 Jennifer Manriquez September 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Twins would have been fun, but alas I only had one. Hey, that rhymes!
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41 amy fischer September 3, 2012 at 4:03 am

never wanted twins


42 Diane Baum September 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I did , but no luck


43 Anita Yancey September 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

We wanted twins but didn’t have them. It took us 9 years of trying to get our little girl.


44 lana September 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

No never wanted twins didnt get them. Hoping if we decided to have another one wont get them


45 Caryn S September 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

With my first pregnancy, I said I wanted twins. Didn’t get them but am thankful for that. I can’t imagine the workload.


46 Daniel M September 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

wanted, didn’t getted


47 jacqueline September 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

i’m a twin so i have never wanted them :)


48 Jason September 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Kind of wanted twins, never got them
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49 Ed Nemmers September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I’ll see your twins and raise you my triplets!


50 andrea September 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Would be happy no matter what


51 Ciara B. September 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

i never wanted twins, although i thought it would be cool to be a twin.
and no twins for me, yet.


52 Theresa H September 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I didn’t really want them but I got them….kind of. My girls share the same birthdate just 4 years apart


53 Chelsea M September 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

I’ve always sort of wanted twins – either a boy and a girl or two girls. I have never had twins though.


54 Sheree Algie September 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

I don’t want this to be too sad but, I wanted twins I got twins, but they were 3 1/2 months premature and 1 passed away and the other was left disabled due to the premature birth.


55 susan smoaks September 8, 2012 at 7:10 am

yes i would love to have twins but none so far!


56 Joan Troche September 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

I didn’t want twins when I was growing up and I didn’t have twins. I had three children all single birth although my husband wanted five at once!


57 brenda Elsner September 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I had wanted twin girls but never had them.


58 Darlene Ysaguirre September 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

At first i did was hopping for boy and girl so i can finish having kids in one shot but it didnt happen lol


59 Jennifer Peaslee September 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I didn’t want twins, and I don’t have twins, so it all works out for me :)


60 Nicole C. September 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I would have enjoyed twins, but didn’t get them.


61 jennifer wexler September 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

i don’t have twins but I wouldn’t mind having them


62 Heather! September 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I did want twins! I was going to name them Crimson and Clover. :) Instead, I grew up and decided I didn’t want to have children. Then I married a man who had his own, which was kind of perfect for me!

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63 Charlene Kuser September 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I wanted twins,but never got them.


64 christal c w September 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I think at one point in life I did want twins, I did not get any. Unless a twin ectopic counts


65 Veronica Garrett September 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I didn’t want twins. I didn’t get them.


66 Jacqui Biser September 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I wanted twins because i wasnt sure if i was going to have any more pregnancies with my husband. which ended up being true. i only had one with him.


67 Sand September 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

No, never and no.


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