The Secret Ingredient Of Wishes: A Novel by S CrispellThe Secret Ingredient Of Wishes: A Novel by S Crispell

The Secret Ingredient Of Wishes: A Novel

byS Crispell

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it's time to leave her hometown-and her past-behind for good.

Rachel isn't on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that's not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina-also known as the town of "Lost and Found." In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch's neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.

As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she's begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she's starting to love-and her chance at happiness-all over again.

SUSAN BISHOP CRISPELL earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. Susan lives and writes near Wilmington, NC with her husband and their two literary-named cats. She is the author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.
Title:The Secret Ingredient Of Wishes: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.57 × 6.43 × 1.13 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from What if you could grant wishes? The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell is set in Nowhere, North Carolina. Rachel Monroe has the ability to grant wishes. She has been able to do this since she was a child. But one incident changed her perspective on this gift. Rachel’s four-year-old brother was annoying her one day (when she was little) and she wished he would go away (like any other brother or sister). Unfortunately for Rachel, her brother really did disappear and everyone (except her) forgot about him (which caused several problems for her and her family). Rachel has avoided her gift since then (never learned to use it or embrace it). After accidentally granting the wish of her best friend’s daughter, Rachel feels she needs to get far away (before she does harm). Rachel ends up running out of gas in Nowhere, North Carolina. Nowhere is known as the town of lost and found. Rachel meets Catch Sisson. It turns out that Catch has a special gift of her own. Catch ends up inviting Rachel to stay with her and helps her find a job at Lux, owned by Everley Hays. Rachel also meets Ashe Riley who lives next door to Catch. Rachel is enjoying her stay and hopes that maybe this is the place for her. But then she starts seeing wishes (little slips of paper that no one else can see). She tries to avoid reading them (once she reads them the wish is granted), but sometimes it cannot be helped. What happens when people find out about her special ability? Will Rachel ever be able to embrace your special gift? You will have to read The Secret Ingredient of Wishes for the answer. The Secret Ingredient of Wishes has good writing, and I liked the premise (I enjoy books with magic in them). I wish there had been less focus on Rachel’s romance with Ashe (who is married to someone else, though they are separated). I wanted there to be more about Rachel’s abilities (and hoped there would be others like her). This book could have been so much more. I give The Secret Ingredient of Wishes 3.5 out of 5 stars. Rachel’s attitude towards wishes (the bad attitude) went on a little too long. She came across as whiny (and defeated). It took too long for Rachel to accept her ability (to embrace it and learn to use it properly). I thought the ending was abrupt (it could have been smoother and more complete). I enjoyed Chance. She was the best character in the book. I would love a book about her life (I be it would be interesting). A series based on Nowhere and the special people in the town has potential (hint). It would need less romance and more magic. The potential is here, but it just needs a little tweaking (to bring it up to Sarah Addison Allen standards). I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious and Heart-warming. The Secret Ingredient of Wishes is a delicious read. Its genuine characters, realistic issues, and honest romance all roll up into a wonderfully heartfelt story. I especially couldn't get enough of the yummy pies! Rachel can grant wishes. She has never been in control of her ability and has always feared it. Needing an escape from her current life, she finds herself in this odd but unique little town called Nowhere. It's a place where everyone believes in a little magic. There she meets an elderly woman named Catch who has her own sort of magical ability. Catch helps Rachel to open up to her power and be brave about what she's lost. Honestly I was surprised not more people wanted to take advantage of Rachel's ability. Most actually resented her despite her not ever using her ability for any bad deeds. She made one innocent mistake when she was young. That led to a lot of pain but in the long run, it also brought some good into Rachel's life. The choice she ends up making because of it is a noble one. I cannot imagine the emotions Rachel struggled through to come to her decision but it only proved how selfless she is. In the face of all the supernatural abilities, the conflicts were notably human. I liked that a lot. Ms. Crispell works them naturally into the storyline. The issues were relevant to real life and didn't necessarily require magic to fix. For the most part, Rachel's ability only helped in an overall sense- as indirect approaches to minimize the hurt that would result from any fallouts. The secondary characters acted as really nice buffers. They didn't pick and choose sides but were very mature and understanding of each situation. Rachel's best friend, Mary Beth especially made me tear up with her unwavering support. I was shocked by some of their connections but not entirely surprised. It is called the town of "Lost and Found" for a reason. The concept of "you win some and you lose some" really played out in The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. Some things are better left undisturbed but a little part of me couldn't help but hope for some more secrets to come out so bigger dramas can emerge. At first I felt a bit unfulfilled but now that I think back, that ending was for the best. My mouth was literally watering reading The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. I really want to try some of those pies! They sound divine. Maybe I should wish for some and hope that it'll come true ;)
Date published: 2016-09-06

Editorial Reviews

"The fervent wishes and life-changing secrets at the heart of Crispell's magical tale are as addictive as the mysterious Catch's strawberry pie. I adored this story of romance and friendship, heartache and healing , and the transformative power of hope."--Loretta Nyhan, author of I'll Be Seeing You and All the Good Parts "Susan Bishop Crispell delivers a page-turning and moving story of family, love, and second chances complete with touches of humor and heartache. If you don't already believe in magic, you will, when you arrive in Nowhere, North Carolina along with Rachel Monroe, meet the town's charismatic residents, and learn everyone's secrets, hopes, and deepest fears. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will delight in this bright new voice in romantic magical realism. I know I did!" ---Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives "This is a lovely, lark of a novel filled with imagination and energy. The warm characters, in the most engaging way, learn that you must be careful for what you wish for or live with the consequences."--Ann Garvin, author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around and The Dog Year"A magical, tenderly-told story about one woman's journey to embrace a gift she has always feared as she confronts a past she cannot quite remember. A lyrical and imaginative read about the redemptive power of self-acceptance in the wake of heartbreak, and the ways in which new love can blossom even in the darkest, most hidden corners of the human heart."--Ilie Ruby, author of The Language of Trees"How I loved this warm hug of a novel about what it means to get what you want most--and how to figure out what that really is." --Melissa Senate, author of See Jane Date and The Love Goddess' Cooking School "A romantic confection of pies, wishes, and a spoonful of magic. A delectable read."--Shelley Noble, New York Times-bestselling author of Whisper Beach"Susan Bishop Crispell has created a magical world where secrets are baked into pies, wishes do come true, and second chances are possible. Sarah Addison Allen fans will flock to Crispell's charming novel, leaving the last page as satisfied as they would after a slice of homemade peach pie."-- Karma Brown, author of Come Away with Me"A truly enchanting tale. One to cherish." --Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams