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Three Wishes Paperback – 1 January 2015
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From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Apples Never Fall.
"I adored Three Wishes ... fresh, very, very funny ... also intelligent and unsentimental about family dynamics" Marian Keyes
Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem ...
It happens sometimes that you accidentally star in a little public performance, your very own comedy, tragedy or melodrama.
The three Kettle sisters have been accidentally starring in public performances all their lives, affecting their audiences in more ways than they'll ever know. This time, however, they give a particularly spectacular show when a raucous, champagne-soaked birthday dinner ends in a violent argument and an emergency dash to the hospital.
So who started it this time? Was it Cat: full of angry, hurt passion dating back to the 'Night of the Spaghetti'? Was it Lynn: serenely successful, at least on the outside? Or was it Gemma: quirky, dreamy and unable to keep a secret, except for the most important one of all?
Whoever the culprit, their lives will have all changed dramatically before the next inevitable clash of shared genes and shared childhoods.
Fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Paula Hawkins will love Liane Moriarty.
PRAISE FOR THREE WISHES
"Written with wisdom, humor, and sincerity" Booklist
- Publisher : Pan Australia (1 January 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1743535503
- ISBN-13 : 978-1743535509
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three triplets having their annual birthday dinner in a restaurant have an ugly fight that ends up with trips to the hospital. Gemma, Cat and Lyn are all facing life events. Cat is trying to deal with her husband's infidelity. Gemma is damaged by a past relationship and Lyn can't stop being a superwoman. The themes of having children, not having children, trust and betrayal run though this book. It's not a downer though, on the contrary it's very funny and optimistic. Highly recommended.
But that is pretty much all I can fault about a fantastic read. I have found a piece of each of the email characters in myself, which is highlighted be the way in which they also show them finding different side to themselves. Even the men, so I goes to show that everyone has a bit of most personalities within them, we usually only show one most of the time we just don't show them all the time....be boring I everyone was the same all the time, wouldn't it!? Thanks for the great read Laine
So much drama is rather tiring. Couldn’t stop reading it though, wanted to see how certain situations were resolved.
The characters are truly memorable and I loved the interplay between the relationships. There are little touches that make this book truly special and back stories that shed light on how they each developed into such different personalities. Although they are triplets and very close they do not necessarily know all of each other's secrets. The book takes you on a journey through each of their lives and some of it is heartbreaking as you become so attached to them early on and life definitely throws some curveballs their way.
Also as a resident of Sydney Australia it was thrilling to actually know the locations mentioned in the book and made the story become even more alive for me.
This is the second Liane Moriarty book I've read and as soon as I finished I had to buy a third. Her stories are so powerful and really stay with you.
I know this book in particular I will be reading again one day as I was sad to say good-bye to these sisters. I would even go so far to say as this is now in my top 5 favourite books of all time.
Being set in Sydney was a good change from British or American writing. I got into the small snippits of memory from strangers who interacted with the triplets throughout the book.
It was well crafted story telling and I began to understand each character.
I will look forward to reading more from this author.
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All the sisters are quite different in personalities. All going through different things in their own lives. Cat was the one that stood out the most for me. I think because she is quite a tough cookie and has the most to deal with out of the sisters. Even though at times she probably isn't that likable, I really had a soft spot for her.
There is a real sense of family in this book. Not just with siblings but with their parents also. One character I really loved was the nana. What a fabulous character. She brings a lot of humor and even though the rest of the family get frustrated with her, they love her dearly.
Three Wishes is a wonderful family drama of which I got totally wrapped into. Whilst everything isn't plain sailing for this family and they have their share of disagreements, I think it reminds us that no matter what, we only get one family and whilst they may not be perfect, they are there to be treasured. A delightful and entertaining read.
So sorry because I love the rest of her books, The Husbands Secret was the greatest book ever.
The book is the story of the three sisters and their various life problems but particularly focussing on their relationship with each other and how that impacts on things. The sisters are intelligent and capable women but each has a life issue to be dealt with or overcome and the story also features their estranged parents and their grandmother. A lot of this is reasonably familiar ground for the readers of "women's fiction" but Liane Moriarty writes with wit and a wry humour which definitely elevates it above many other offerings in this genre.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It is a light read but involving and although I would probably not particularly like to know this family in real life I definitely engaged with them and their problems, hoping all the way through for a heart warming and uplifting ending. I have read all of this author's output and was aware that this is actually her first published novel. I don't think her inexperience shows in the writing but I have become used to the way that she often turns books around with a clever twist or a sudden revelation. This book doesn't do that and to some extent it, therefore, disappointed - but it was only a disappointment in comparison to this author's other novels and my expectations not when compared with other writers. If I had read it as the first of her books I would probably have been more delighted with it - this is a bit unfair on the author but it is my reading experience.
I did not see the point of the veiled references to the abuse suffered by Gemma at the hands of her dead fiancé - as this aspect of the story was not explored sufficiently.
As for the 3rd sister, with her episodes of panic - perhaps had she not stolen someone else's husband and had a Perfect Life, Perfect Home, Perfect Relationship, I may have cared. As it was, I didn't.
All in all a wholly dissatisfying story and I certainly won't be buying anything by this writer again.