Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino


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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“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.”



Wish You Were HereWish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
Tricia's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

5++++++++++ Shining Stars for Wish You Were Here!!!

Gosh y'all, I know that my review will not do this book justice!!! This book was spectacular!!! It gave me the freaking feels......the goose bumps.....the Everrryyything!!!

This review will be another confession from me. This is my first Renee Carlino book!!! I know...I am soo dumb not reading her books as of yet...What tha heck Tricia Bartley!!! But I will tell you that I am sooo happy this was my first read by her and it will definitely not be my last read by Carlino. She will have a new stalker...lol

Soo this book is about Charlotte. She is a carefree kind of girl. She really hasn't found her niche in life. She lives with her BFF Helen, which is a fun and crazzzy girl. These two together made me laugh my ass off at times. The friendship was sooo much fun!! One night on the town with these two girls...they run into a boy named Adam, he is a bit lost, he mentions he is new to town. So Charlotte decides to show him around, they go out for a drink, have some fun and she decides to stay the night. It was a wonderful evening of romance, eating Chinese, drinking champagne, telling stories and a bit of role-playing. But....when Charlotte wakes up the next morning, Adam kind of blows her off, gives her the cold shoulder, this made Charlotte hurt and she wondered what happened to make him be this way towards her after such a fun night. She leaves and she goes on with her quirky life, but she never forgets about Adam, he is always on her mind.

I am ending my 5 Star review right here. This is where I say that you will have to pick up this wonderful book and find out where Charlotte goes from there, does she ever get to see Adam again?Does she get to find out why he gave her the cold shoulder that night? Gooo one click this book and get your answers ladies and fall in love with this book like I did!!! : )


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



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