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Wish You Were Here : A Novel

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 21mm | 270g
  • Atria Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1501105825
  • 9781501105821
  • 473,822

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"...Captivating and intriguing, utterly addictive, and filled with the emotional intensity that comes with a heart-wrenchingly powerful love that's been given a second chance." * PopSugar * "Set in sunny San Diego, Swear On This Life celebrates the unpredictable - and often hilarious - journey of an aspiring writer on the West Coast." * Sunset Magazine * "This luminous tale from bestselling author Renee Carlino is easily devoured in one sitting..." * Working Mother * "Carlino's writing will transport you." * Book Baristas, 4.5 coffee cups * "A beautifully-written second-chance romance that stays with you long after you're done." * Vilma's Book Blog, 5 stars * "Easily one of the very best reading experiences I've had all year. I absolutely loved every word and highly recommend it to everyone!" * Aestas Book Blog * "Holy schnikes, this book...I love the juxtaposition of the story within a story, and I'm addicted to Emi and Jase's ill-fated love." * Heroes and Heartbreakers * "Mesmerizing. A story of love and redemption, Renee Carlino's novel is a perfect reason for staying up too late to read." * Shelf Awareness * "Romance fans will find this heartfelt story of resilience and first love hard to put down." * Library Journal * "[Readers] will find themselves simply smitten by both the novel in front of them and the story within the story. Romance readers and women's fiction fans should snap up this charming love story." * Booklist * "Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out." * Kirkus Reviews * "Mysterious and compelling, Swear on this Life is the epic love story your summer needs." * Bustle * "This bestselling author knows how to deliver a literary punch, and Swear on this Life is her strongest yet." * Redbook.com * Praise for Swear on This Life "Swear on This Life is Renee Carlino at her finest. Raw, real and gripping; I read it in one sitting." -- Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us Praise for Wish You Where Here "Readers will enjoy meeting Charlotte's family, be charmed by Charlotte and Helen's friendship, and will be eager to uncover just what's going on between Charlotte and the mysterious Adam-all while swooning over the sexy parts." * Booklist *show more

About Renee Carlino

Renee Carlino 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 book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.show more

Rating details

30 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
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4 23% (7)
3 7% (2)
2 10% (3)
1 3% (1)
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