The Wish by Nicholas Sparks Book Summary
With exclusive travel photos and a special letter from the Author, only available for e-readers.
From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.
1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.
By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.
As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
The Wish (Nicholas Sparks) Book Reviews
Beautiful BookSuch a beautiful book. Definitely a tear jerker….Jsnyder1987Score: 5/5
Aloha from HawaiiAmazing book Nicholas Sparks , I’m truly touched by this and will forever hold this book close to my heart.Usagi_j.l.aScore: 5/5
The WishThis book had me intrigued from the beginning all the way to the ending. Definitely was not what I expected in the end, but it was so worth the read. It had sadness, it had happiness. Every single emotion I felt as though it were happening to me. This is by far the best book Nicholas Sparks has written. I have recommended this book to a few coworkers who have began reading it also. I didn’t want to put this book down. Much of this book, I related to, which made it that much better!! ❤️.Danielle E McleodScore: 5/5
AmazingOut of all of Nickolas Sparks’ books, this was my all time favorite. The past/ present views make you so in tune with the narrator of the story. I could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in a day. Sparks does it again!.LollillckbdbdbdbScore: 5/5
Can’t stop crying.I always love his books. This was was especially good..MLinetteScore: 5/5
Please Stop advertising businesses in novelsWell written. Engaging story. Would have preferred to not have advertising in the novel, that takes me out of the story, and that bothers me. Hope Duane Reed paid the publisher and author handsomely for all the mentions , and I do not plan to buy another of this authors books. I do not support advertising in novels..KonsernidScore: 4/5
Love this story!!Beautiful love story!!.JezigScore: 5/5
Not goodTrite and mediocre. However, this is the only Nicholas Sparks book I’ve ever read where no one had purple or turquoise eyes and there were no mentions of blouses, slacks or pumps..JTW4EScore: 1/5
Great story.Awesome story about true love..VimidnightScore: 5/5
Rediscoverinmg a sentimental favorite authorYears ago I read notebook and one or two of his other books and then for some reason lost track of his work. Then I saw this title on the best seller lists and couldn’t resist. Somehow I’d combined notebook and bridges of Madison sounty in my mind. I gues that can happen as you get old. Ocracoke is a place that has always fascinated me. Blackbeard the pirate spent some time there as I recall. The islands of the outer banks have always appealed to me. They used to be a great place for boardsailing - probably still are. And of sourse Kitty Hawk isn’t far away. The story of Maggie and Bryce is a great love story and the way it is told in pieces makes it more poignant. The end wasn’t surprising. Some of the other twists were easy to guess but the story was still heart warming. It seemed particularly appropriate to read it at Christmas time. I also enjoyed the exploration of photography. Since retiring from my real job - my calling - I have enjoyed developing my skills as a photographer. She talks about phots ultimately being an individual expression of how a photographer experiences the world and I found that well stated..Waldhaus1Score: 5/5
His best bookI admire all of his books, but this was the best..MssciencemomScore: 5/5
Wrecked Beyond Belief⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.SummerLeighGreyScore: 5/5
My first Nicholas Sparks bookWhile I’m familiar with all the movies based on his books. This was my first read of his and oh my goodness. I ended up figuring out what was going to play out before I read it but even then was I not prepared for the way it was portrayed. Beautiful, tear jerking, passionate. I loved every minute of this book. I finished it in one day!.AkcincottaScore: 5/5
Loved itA beautifully written story on love and loss. Nicholas Sparks does it again. The story is captivating, heartfelt and real. This one should come with a box of Kleenex One of the best books I’ve ever read. Highly recommend.MaddyM92Score: 5/5
The WishLoved this latest book of Nicholas Sparks so much. It felt like reading 2 books in 1 since it contained 2 different stories. Over 20 years apart. I’ve read all of NS books & each one keeps getting better & better..Parachute chickScore: 5/5
DefiniteSparksfanGreat book! Couldn’t put it down.Phyllis GasparScore: 5/5
Another winnerSparks never ceases to amaze me..SkeetTheManScore: 5/5
The WishUplifting and magical..Marine ChickScore: 5/5
IncredibleAlthough this story was about a teenage love, I related it to my youth and how I felt. Fast forward to the present and the reality of the situation was all too real. Having had family survive it, it hit home. The end was poetic and I felt gratified at how Maggie got closure. Great read!.AmateurwriterinNCScore: 5/5
Such an amazing read.I seriously loved every aspect of this book. I couldn’t put it down and oftentimes fell asleep reading. I am new to reading love novels and finished this within a week. Hoping for a movie!!!.AddiesessomsScore: 5/5
The WishThis may be the best one since “The Notebook”. It is a beautiful story, bringing both tears and joy, and blessing to my heart!.Judy's WW trackerScore: 5/5
Incredible Story!I think I loved this book more than any of the other Nicholas Sparks books. I just loved it!.Cuteitpie2Score: 5/5
*****Excellent book. Couldn’t put it down. Tear jerker at end of story. Love Nicholas Sparks..Madre's MusicScore: 5/5
Tear after tear after heartbreaking tearThis book…you just need to read it. Soak it in. And cry it out. Per usual Mr. sparks..Queen Christines Green MachineScore: 5/5
Sad faceBig big sad.Alyissa .Score: 5/5
Another great read!As always, Nicholas Sparks never disappoints! The Wish was just as amazing as every other novel he has written. Can’t wait for the next one!.MiLi923Score: 5/5
The wishNicholas Sparks does it again!! phenomenal!!..|.Jess.|.Score: 5/5
MesmerizingI couldn’t put the book down..Bride momScore: 5/5
AmazingAmazing book.Arielka(:Score: 5/5
I didn’t want it to endWow, I can’t put into words how remarkable this story was. I never wanted to stop reading it. The heaviness of love and loss in this story has made it my favorite book from Sparks yet. I felt every emotion through the words on the pages and even though it wasn’t the ending I had imagined it would be, it left me satisfied. A must read!.BrittanyAGouldScore: 5/5
The wishSuch a wonderful story. Really hit home. Loved it!.Nja2008Score: 5/5
The WishAnother wonderful book from Nicholas Sparks. My most favorite author!.ValikayeScore: 5/5
The WishAbsolutely loved it!!!.PrettyirisheyesScore: 5/5
The WishAnother great one. It reads like a movie and feels like real life. A great read!.Pink dreamsScore: 5/5
I don’t even knowThis was an amazing read. It made me cry twice. I can say, it WAS hard for me to read it in the beginning just because it really depressed me, but the more I read, the more I gained interest into Maggie’s life. I loved this read. .UhangieScore: 5/5
The WishFabulous! A different story but it held my attention and that is not easy to do..Cls376Score: 5/5
Another Amazing Story!!Although I figure out the significance of a certain character way earlier in the story than I should have, and it made me angry at myself, I am very glad I finished the story anyways! It was extremely well written, as always, to the point that I could picture each moment as described. Thank you Nicholas for all of your incredible stories and the time and effort that you dedicate to every detail. It is what will always make you my favorite..OKWXGirlScore: 5/5
The WishAwesome book, couldn’t stop reading it, loved it, everything Nicholas Sparks writes is awesome!!!.TrndwScore: 5/5
The WishThe most uplifting story. How strange life can be. Loved the pictures. Thank you for sharing. Pudge48.Pudge48Score: 5/5
The WishSo light and clean and spiritually sentimental. No one tells a story better..PattyCake68Score: 5/5
Sweet sweet storyThis lovely story kept my attention throughout. I loved it!.TKScrabbleScore: 5/5
MagicalAs every time, Sparks nailed this book. Even though the subject is not an easy one to speak about, Nicholas offers here a beautiful story and maybe a movie to come ♥️.SebbeAYScore: 5/5
The WishThis was a wonderful book it made cry. It had a beautiful twist to it..Senette097Score: 5/5
New FavoriteAfter a few average books, Nicholas Sparks is back. This book was great. It was a sweet story full of twists and turns with a surprise ending that I kinda saw coming but was incredible nevertheless. If you’re a Sparks fan, it’s a must read..Swtchks36Score: 5/5
The WishNicholas Sparks never disappoints! The Wish was yet another wonderful, heartfelt read💞.Flgirl1960Score: 5/5
Wow, just wow.Wow, just wow. Not the genre I usually read, I laughed, I cried, and felt deeply connected to the characters. Wow, just wow..JulsmaloneScore: 5/5
The WishOne of his best!.GranpanScore: 5/5
The Wish ~ ContemplativeI wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this at first, too sadly realistic. He has such a beautiful way of bringing the reader into the story and capturing all the emotions. The ending, while I was crying, is so inspirational that it made me think about all the great things I have and to really appreciate them, every day!.PnuzziScore: 5/5
Touched my heartVery well written. “Love is stronger than fear” and this book will touch your heart in ways unimaginable. It will take you on a love journey that has turns and twists but in the end love wins and lessons are learned..ZamarinaScore: 5/5
Love N. Sparks’ stories but not this one.To be honest, I had no idea what this book was about. I only bought it because of the author. I am not interested in reading about any teenage love story. As an adult, it is a little creepy for me and I married my high school sweetheart! Sorry NS, hope the next one is for adults..Mystuff.305Score: 3/5
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