Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: What More Could You Wish For

By Cindy Roesel

Put a big fat chocolate cupcake lit up with candles on the cover of Samantha Hoffman’s first novel, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WISH FOR, and you know you’ve captured my attention. Now let’s read what’s between these pages, shall we.

Libby Carson has a wonderful life. She has a lovely family, great friends, her seamstress business is doing well, a guy who is kind and reliable and blah, blah, blah. She’s days away from turning fifty and surprise (!!!), her boyfriend proposes. For any other girl that might be a good thing, but Libby has been down that aisle twice before and it isn’t in her plans to say “I do” to any dude again. Suddenly steady guy turns into pushy guy just as she reconnects with another guy from way back in high-school. In fact, long lost guy just happens to be her old long lost flame. This raises Miss Libby Carson’s mid-life crisis to defcon five. She thought everything was neat and tidy in her nice little world. Guess not and now she has a few things to think about.

When you take a second look at the cover of WHAT MORE COULD YOU WISH FOR, all those candles on that cupcake are really a metaphor for Libby’s life. They’re crowded and stuffed on the top of all that sweet icing. Everything is pretty, but it’s mostly packaging. Let’s face it, all those burning candles could do some damage, and I only count twenty-five. Inside, Libby has lots of issues coming to the forefront that she must confront. Libby has a wonderful personality, but it’s time she stands up for herself and figures out what she wants. Unfortunately, she has to suffer a loss to wake up and take control. Fortunately, however, Libby is the kind of character you’ll want to rally around when the going gets tough.

Everybody reading Libby’s story is going to have her back, and at the same time, hoping Samantha Hoffman has another novel in the works, after reading WHAT MORE COULD YOU WISH FOR.

You can find Samantha Hoffman’s debut novel on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

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2 comments:

Samantha Hoffman said...

Cindy, thanks so much for this great review! You made my day and my weekend and way beyond. And I love your writing style. I'm going to have you write the back cover copy for my next book!

Carole said...

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