What You Wish For {Review and Giveaway}

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.


  1. Chelsea says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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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  5. says

    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.

  6. Shannon F. says

    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!

  7. Richelle says

    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.

  8. Kayla J says

    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.

  9. Mary Cloud says

    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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  10. samantha says

    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.

  11. Caryn S says

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

  12. Sheree Algie says

    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.

  13. Joan Troche says

    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!

  14. Darlene Ysaguirre says

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

  15. Heather! says

    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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  16. Jacqui Biser says

    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.

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