Wishful Thinking by Lynette Sofras
This is Ms Sofras’ second novel and it is superb. Her beautiful, articulate prose is a pleasure to read. Her characters live and breathe and her plot is interesting and different. I fell into the story at the first page and did not surface until I’d finished.
A high-speed blow-out in the fast lane of a busy motorway! Miraculously, Jess and her young son escape almost-certain death.
Then, like another miracle, Jess encounters Christian Goodchild, pop star turned Hollywood A-lister; followed by a night of enchantment. But Christian is entangled in a relationship so damaging that Jess doubts their love can survive in this glamorous but complex new world.
Could it all turn out to be just wishful thinking?
Review by jennytwist:
When Jess and her young son, Ben are nearly killed in a high-speed blow-out on the motorway, their escape feels like a miracle. And it seems like another small miracle when, unable to face the rest of her long drive, the roadside rescue man finds a small hotel to take them in, even though it is closed for a few days. And there she find yet another miracle. She meets Chris, the man of her dreams.
It all seems too good to be true! Perhaps she is dreaming or has indeed died and gone to heaven.
But it is really happening and, as is the way of real life, the path of true love does not run smooth. Jess’s baggage, in the shape of her young son, is nothing compared to the baggage Chris is carrying. He is bound, not so much by love as by guilt, to the woman who used to play in his band. And she will not let him go easily.
This is Ms Sofras’ second novel and it is superb. Her beautiful, articulate prose is a pleasure to read. Her characters live and breathe and her plot is interesting and different. I fell into the story at the first page and did not surface until I’d finished. It left me wanting more and I shall certainly read it again.
Review by Ann Hine:
I recently enjoyed The Apple Tree by this author so was keen to read this book. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact I enjoyed it even more than her previous story. The hero, Chris, was so believable in his role of famous pop/movie star who was searching for something meaningful away from the glamour of his profession.
Finding the unassuming Jess and her son ticked all the boxes for him. Jess’s uncertainty about Chris’ true feelings was also very realistic even without the meddling of his former girlfriend. His loyalty to his friends was admirable.
Jess cannot believe someone like Chris could be interested in such an “ordinary” person as herself and worries she is laying herself and her son open to heartache. Alarmed by whatever power Amber had over Chris that sent him rushing to her side whenever she seemed to beckon, Jess eventually accepts there is no chance at any long term relationship and ends it.
Chris’ revelation of Amber’s hold caught me by surprise. Wondering during the whole story what it might be, I had not considered the explanation given as a possibility. But Chris comes through, destroying Amber’s influence over him and convinces Jess of his commitment to her and her son.