Title: Chasing Wishes
Summary: “I wish I didn’t have to go home. I wish I was someone else—someone with a future…”
For sixteen-year-old Nina Torres, it feels as if life is nothing but a dead end. Despised by her rich classmates and afraid that she’ll become just like her drug-addicted mother, Nina’s future seems to get dimmer every day.
There is one bright spot in her life though…
Sitting beside her one night, the only person in the world who cares about her makes a promise. No matter what happens—no matter how much Isaac’s wealthy family disapproves—he and his girlfriend Nina will be together forever.
Fate plays a cruel trick on Nina, though, and a visit from Child Protective Services the next morning turns Nina Torres into Irene Hartley, a woman with a future but who will never see her beloved Isaac again.
Nine years later, a blind and incredibly handsome young entrepreneur hires Irene to be his personal assistant. Terrence Radcliffe reminds her so much of Isaac that she can hardly believe her eyes, and she’s falling for him fast. Irene knows that fairy tales don’t come true, but she allows herself one last wish. She wishes that she could finally say goodbye to Isaac and let herself take a chance on Terrence.
What she doesn’t know is that Terrence is also searching for someone: a shooting star who streaked through his life nine years ago, and he won’t give up until he finds her…
Chasing Wishes is a powerful contemporary tale of lost love and wishes come true, recommended for ages 17+ due to adult content. – Goodreads
Why I Loved: It seems that this year has been odd for my reading. I read a few duds this month and so when I started reading Chasing Wishes I was so delighted that an author understood strong characters and well developed plots. Both were in this book and I was giddy. Within the first few pages I knew that I was in for a good read, though there was a little whisper in the back of my head questioning if I was gonna be punked. Thankfully I wasn’t.
I loved this contemporary romance! And how Simonenko added a delightful twist in a way I have not read before. Plus, when an author gives me a strong female who overcomes a lot it brings a smile to my face.