One Wish Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2000
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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
From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller gave readers "a gift to treasure" (Ramantic 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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!....
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Oct. 8 2003
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
For those who love romanice novels One Wish is a must read! Absolutly the most touching romanice novel I have personally ever read. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2002
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2001
"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
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 morePublished on Nov. 14 2000
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 morePublished on July 10 2000
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
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 morePublished on May 23 2000 by Ashley