Review – The Wishing Hill – Holly Robinson

17 Sep

the wishing hillThe Wishing Hill
Author: Holly Robinson

Review Copy Provided by Author via Sisterhood of the Traveling Book

What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?

Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.

When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.

Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…

I have to admit that I found it hard to write a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it – but I have so many thoughts going through my mind that I almost need to sit down and write out my thoughts before writing this review (of course, i’m actually not doing that). So after stepping away for a few days to think about what I wanted to write (but still not really knowing for sure), i’m back to attempt to write my review. Either way, regardless of what I write, this was not quite a five star read for me – there was just something missing to make it just miss out on that list. But it was a good read.

One of the things I really enjoyed was the fact that while it was set in two different locations (Mexico and North-eastern US), and told from 2 different POV’s, that the story was pretty seemlessly woven – which made the reading all the more enjoyable. Sometimes when things jump between POV’s and locations, the story can seem really disjointed, but for some reason it worked here. Which I guess shows the strength of the author’s writing ability (and which is why I will likely pick up other books written by her in the future).

I think my biggest issue with the story in general, was the character of Desiree. Have you ever come across a character that you literally want to slap silly because they are so self-absorbed? That was Desiree for me. Normally, I can deal with insane type characters (I mean, I really liked Gone Girl for all its general screwyness), but for some reason, I just couldn’t get past the character of Desiree. Oh the shallowness, self-absorbed twit that she was. Thankfully, the character of Claire was a great counter for her, in ways that I can’t necessarily describe without getting into a spoiler zone. The supporting cast of Juliet’s brother (Will), Ian (the handy-man), Desiree’s various Beau’s were entertaining and I would be interested in seeing some more of them in the future. I will admit that the ending had a bit of a cheese factor and was maybe a tad overdone which also kind of took away from the power of the rest of the story.

Either way, I gave the book a solid 4 stars and I’ll be looking forward to reading more books by the author in the future.


Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Book Review


5 responses to “Review – The Wishing Hill – Holly Robinson

  1. Lance

    September 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Assuming the mother is the character you would “slap silly” (the review only identified her as Desiree), I am not so sure I could read this book without wanting to bitch slap the heroine either.

    From the synopsis, are we supposed to feel sorry for a cheating wife who got pregnant while screwing around on her husband because now her marriage is over? Maybe he was doing that too, so more background would be needed in order for me to feel anything but anger for Julie.

    Yes, I know, cheating spouses are a part of the real world. But don’t try to sell me on a book that glorifies it or makes you want to sympathize with said cheater.

    • Dee

      September 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

      She got pregnant after he ditched her and they were separated – and had been for close to a year…I’ll PM u some other deets

      ETA in point of fact, he (Michael) cheated on her first

      • Lance

        September 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        Good to know…the publisher, author, or whoever writes these descriptions should include details like that. Otherwise people like me may believe that the story will not be his or her liking. I know that many others get turned off by cheating like I do. Including what you just described would help avoid the misunderstanding I had about this. Thank you very much for the clarification.

      • Dee

        September 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        The potential of cheating never even crossed my mind reading the description but we obviously have very different lenses of experience

      • Lance

        September 18, 2013 at 12:34 am

        Wow…perfect description..”Very different lenses of experience.” I know my experiences affect my judgement of that topic. If I sounded too harsh or angry I apologize. But your description now makes this book sound better to me. Like another of your recs, the selfish character intrigues me the most.


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