The Wish

The Wish

by Nicholas Sparks (Author)

If you had one wish... Maggie hasn't told this story in years. More than two decades ago, she fell in love. She was sixteen and far from home, waiting to give her baby up for adoption. Bryce showed Maggie how to take photographs and he didn't judge her for the way her belly swelled under her jumper. They had the perfect first kiss. Theirs was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. Now, as Maggie sits by the Christmas tree in her gallery telling her story, surrounded by the photographs that made her famous - the photographs Bryce never saw - her new gallery assistant asks her a question. If she had one wish, what would she wish for this Christmas? Maggie always thought she knew the answer to that question. But before she can say 'I'd go back to that winter with Bryce', she stops herself. It is all she has ever wanted but suddenly here, on this dark night under the twinkling stars, there is something else she wants. She wants to find her baby. ... what would you wish for? A heart-wrenching story about discovery and loss, The Wish is a reminder that time with those precious to us is the greatest gift of all. * Praise for Nicholas Sparks: 'This one won't leave a dry eye' Daily Mirror 'A fiercely romantic and touching tale' Heat 'An A-grade romantic read' OK! 'Pulls at the heartstrings' Sunday Times 'An absorbing page-turner' Daily Mail

Title: The Wish

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance


In the captivating novel, "The Wish", Nicholas Sparks weaves a poignant tale of two individuals brought together by a shared desire for something more. Maggie Dawes, a young artist, finds herself at a crossroads when she receives a devastating diagnosis. Seeking solace and a sense of purpose, she ventures to Ocracoke Island, a remote and picturesque location off the coast of North Carolina.

Amidst the island's serene beauty, Maggie meets Alex Wheatley, a local businessman grappling with his own past. Drawn to each other by a mutual understanding of loss and the yearning for a deeper connection, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and emotional healing.

As Maggie's illness progresses, she writes letters to her unborn child, expressing her hopes, dreams, and fears. These letters become a testament to her unwavering spirit and serve as a powerful reminder of the preciousness of life. Alex, touched by Maggie's resilience and determination, finds himself falling deeply in love with her.

Their bond deepens as they navigate the complexities of their respective situations, confronting their fears and facing the uncertainties of the future. Along the way, they discover the profound power of love, forgiveness, and the enduring strength of the human spirit.

Key Themes:

  • The transformative power of love and connection
  • The importance of living each day to the fullest
  • The resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity
  • The profound impact of loss and the healing power of remembrance
  • The significance of cherishing the moments and relationships that truly matter

Writing Style:

Nicholas Sparks' writing in "The Wish" is characterized by its emotional depth, lyrical prose, and ability to evoke a sense of longing and empathy in readers. He deftly explores the complexities of human relationships, delving into the innermost thoughts and feelings of his characters with sensitivity and understanding.

Critical Reception:

"The Wish" has received widespread acclaim from readers and critics alike. It has been praised for its poignant storytelling, well-developed characters, and its exploration of universal themes that resonate with readers of all backgrounds. The novel has become a bestseller, captivating audiences with its heartwarming and emotionally resonant narrative.


400 pages