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WeeRead: Book Review of Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux

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Reading the synopsis of this novel - Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux - I couldn't help but feel a bit skeptical. Really an ancient stone with special powers!?

The premise is pretty much that - Gemma Ranford a PHD student is hired to catalogue old family records in the town of Edilean working for a prominent family, the Fraziers. She uncovers the secret of an ancient stone supposed to have the special power to grant wishes to anyone named Frazier. Tantalizing, thrilling ok a little hokey? But here I have to say that the stone is not the centre of this story - it is really just secondary to the true heart (I couldn't resist) - a love story. And one that is really sweet and endearing and had me reading totally committed until the very last page. Yes, I did have that feeling in the end that I wanted it to continue! I just loved this couple so much! Their love story is nothing fantastic, I will admit, and it does have some predictable bumps along the way but Jude Deveraux did a really good job of making you want these two to stay together and to encouraging you to continually be interested in and yourself, committed, to their affair.

While I did find the premise of the stone to be a little hokey, (I had moments where I was intrigued by the concept of a wish-giving artifact but these moments weren't enough to keep me interested), I found this love story quite engaging in spite of this. The struggle to find the stone, to contain the stone, to protect the secret was just a little too contrived for me but - always a hopeless romantic - the characters and the love story saved this book, making it a great read.

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