You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks. 

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.


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An Excerpt from Wish You Were Here

“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.

“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”

“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we

“We were practically naked every second of the day.”

“I like that.”

“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”

“What are they like? Our children.”

“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”

Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?

His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.

“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be.”

I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”



My Review

What do I want to say about this book…..
I sit here staring at my computer thinking my review will not do this book justice. When I was asked to read this for my blog, I went in blind. Thinking I had never read anything by Renee Carlino, but later I realize that I had read Lucian Divine earlier in the year, which was an excellent read. Read it you haven’t already.
 So my family and I were going on a road trip when I decided to start reading. Note its three long days from my home to California. As I was reading, there is mention of Flagstaff, and I just thought to myself how neat because we were driving through Flagstaff, Arizona. I tend to get emotionally attached to what I am reading. As I was reading in the car I may have kept my face to the right side, almost smashed to the window, while my eyes got leaky in parts of Charlotte’s story. So, if your like me, a softie at heart, take note.
I loved everything about this story. Charlotte and her brother– I have two half brothers . We rarely speak, so I loved the teasing, making fun of, and caring relationship they had.  As I was reading Charlotte’s story I got so caught up in it that before I knew it, it was over.
I strongly urge you to read Wish You Were Here. I went into this book knowing nothing about it. I hadn’t read any reviews, or even looked it up to see what it was about.
Sometimes going in that way is the best way. This is a FIVE STAR read for me. My review may not be much of a review, but it’s mine, and when I say truly love a book it’s because I truly do. Renee Carlino has given two books in 2017 that were just AMAZING.





Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com