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One Wish [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Lael Miller
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Feb. 1 2000
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller gave readers "a gift to treasure" (Romantic Times) with her acclaimed Springwater Seasons novels. Now, once again capturing the spirit of early America, she delivers a marvelous tale of love, family loyalty, and passionate desire on the Western frontier -- where fairy tales sometimes do come true.
She was the only child of a rich and powerful rancher. He was the son of a drunken ne'er-do-well. But when eleven-year-old Luke Shardlow rescued eight-year-old Charity Barnham from drowning, she promised him one wish...any wish his heart might desire.
Fifteen years later, Charity and Luke meet once more, but the gulf between them seems as wide as ever. Charity is engaged to a neighboring rancher her father has chosen for her. Luke still seems to be a Shardlow to the core -- a drifter, maybe even an outlaw, on a road to nowhere. But things are not always what they appear, for Luke has a few secrets to hide. And as a sweet, sensual passion begins to grow between them, Luke and Charity discover that the only wish either of them long to fulfill is to spend a sweet eternity in each other's arms -- no matter the cost.

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Magical. Ms. Miller touches our hearts again in a very special way. Do not miss this wonderful story. -- Old Book Barn Gazette

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She was the only child of a rich and powerful rancher. He was the son of a drunken ne'er-do-well. But when eleven-year-old Luke Shardlow rescued eight-year-old Charity Barnham from drowning, she promised him one wish . . . any wish his heart might desire.

Fifteen years later, Charity and Luke meet once more, but the gulf between them seems as wide as ever. Charity is engaged to a neighboring rancher her father has chosen for her. Luke still seems to be a Shardlow to the core a drifter, maybe even an outlaw, on a road to nowhere. But things are not always what they appear, for Luke has a few secrets to hide. And as a sweet, sensual passion begins to grow between them, Luke and Charity discover that the only wish either of them longs to fulfill is to spend a sweet eternity in each other's arms no matter the cost.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn. May 24 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books where the back cover pretty much tells it all. And the book doesn't add anything. The hero is predictable - bad boy trying to make good. The heroine is predictable - little rich girl trying to make good. A brief encounter in their youth and all of a sudden they're star-crossed lovers. I don't buy it. When critics say romance is formulaic, *this* is what they're talking about.
It's not that I disliked any of the characters. I just didn't *like* them. I felt nothing towards them. Hero loves heroine. Yawn. Heroine pines for hero. Ho hum. It was as if Miller was going through the motions without adding any feeling into the book. The only reason I gave it two stars was because I didn't *hate it*. I mean, I didn't throw it at the wall... I just didn't care to turn the page.
When I want to read a great Western, give me a Lorraine Heath over this any day. Then I'll get characters I care about and a storyline that will break my heart. One Wish, on the other hand, was thoroughly forgetable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one wish is enough to find love April 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up on a rainy Sunday morning and was so taken away by it. I had read it all by mid-afternoon. This is another small town where two kids meet by accident. Little Charity offers a kiss or a wish. Young Luke not very excited about a kiss says he will save his wish for another time.
15 years later, they meet again. He was a poor soul with a bad reputation... now grown up, rough, rugged and handsome. Charity is still young at heart looking for magic under every rock.
The characters are very well developed and it is wonderful to read about them falling in love. The test of faith is will they stay together. It has all the details of a western town... cattle ranchers, gunslingers, stubborn father, the saloon, and a gold shipment robbery.
I felt wonderful when I finished because I felt so taken with the idea that the WISH was hanging over them. They did not need it but it helped secure their happiness. If you like this book then you will also enjoy her Springwater series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance by one of the genre's supersstars Jan. 26 2000
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In the Washington Territory of 1874, eleven year old Luke Shardlow watches in disbelief as eight-year-old Charity Barham wades into the dangerous water. He barely manages to save the younger child from drowning. Charity explains to a bewildered Luke that she was seeing a magic frog. She grants her rescuer ONE WISH, but he walks away without using it. Not too long after that, Luke's dad is hanged for killing his wife. Luke and his vile half-brother Vance are forced to leave town.

In 1889, Luke is a bounty hunter. His latest effort is to bring Vance, wanted for vicious robberies, to justice. This brings Luke home where he meets the beautiful Charity and an attraction immediately erupts between them. However, she is the daughter of the wealthiest rancher in the region and he is the son of killer. Her father rejects his bloodlines and pushes his daughter to wed her fiancé, neighbor Raoul Montego.

ONE WISH is an entertaining Americana romance that shows why Linda Lael Miller has remained one of the giantesses of industry for the past decade. The story line is crisp and filled with family conflict that ultimately boils down to Charity deciding between her love for Luke vs. her family's expectations. The characters are an interesting group as they interact with each other and the lead protagonists to propel the tale forward. This novel is another triumph for sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but kinda long April 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, to tell you guys the truth, I didn't really expect the book to turn out the way it turned out. Oh, the story is okay, actually, not bad. A good read. But somehow it is not keeping to the title 'One wish'. The wish was reiterated at the end, like some sort of an afterthought - it was as if Miss Miller suddenly remembered the title and decided to hastily conclude the story with it.
And I don't like it when the Shardlow left and divorced his wife simply because of his notorious family name, only to come back to her a year later. If I were the woman, I'd slap and berate him first before accepting him with open arms. I mean, how DARED he put the woman in such a miserable, melancholic situation and asked her to marry another man just because he didn't think she would carry his name proudly?????
All in all, it's a pretty okay story, actually, but rather meandering. I found myself skipping some pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My "One Wish" is that there is a sequel.... April 30 2003
By Kami
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought that this book was excellent. My mother had bought it (she is into romance novels) and when I had finished a book of my own, she suggested I read it. I was not really enthused to be reading a romance novel but decided to give it a try and I must say I NEVER PUT THE BOOK DOWN, I carried it with me religiously so that I could sneak a read every time I got a chance!
The characters were very likeable and were easy to relate to. Right from the beginning to becoming intrigued with the story and it's characters and right at the second meeting of Charity and Luke - you're hooked! I must say that I don't blame Charity for falling in love with Luke, I think I fell in love with him myself!:)
This is a great read and I recommend it to everyone!....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Miller!
I just adore this book! I have worn out one copy already, and am working on the second. Charity and Luke are characters that I can really care about, and I get caught up in the... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely the best
One Wish is a great book! I couldn't put it down. I totally fell in love with all the characters, excpecally LUKE! If I had one wish it would be a part two to this book.
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
For those who love romanice novels One Wish is a must read! Absolutly the most touching romanice novel I have personally ever read. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable with a few turns
It's a shame that the back cover tells so much.There's no surprise. Most book covers are the same though.I enjoyed it.I didn't like the descriptions of lovemaking. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars One Short Wish...
"She was the only child of a rich and powerful rancher."
"He was the son of a drunken ne'er-do-well."
Your almost modern Romeo and Juliet, huh? Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2001 by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Story!
I enjoy Linda Lael Miller, but this one wasn't one of my favorites. I've read many of her books that are in series format, and prefer it to this. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2000 by "bhebert"
5.0 out of 5 stars totally kool
this was a wonderful tale of a young woman who grew up on a farm and was a very pretty. Then one day, a young man, whom she knew because he had saved her life when she was a... Read more
Published on July 10 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
One Wish was a great read. The author did a wonderful job introducing the characters. It's one of those books I wouldn't mind reading again, I enjoyed it that much.
Published on June 1 2000 by Tanya Schearf
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
I think this book was a great one because Charity comes from a different background as Luke.Charity is the daughter of a rich rancher and Luke is the son of a drunk. Read more
Published on May 23 2000 by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully created
I bought this work after I ended my work shirt at 8 at night. When i started to read it I couldn't put it down. By 5 am the next morning i was down reading the book. Read more
Published on May 18 2000 by "sealove00"
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