The Wish

The Wish

by Nicholas Sparks (Author)

From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.
1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.

In the captivating pages of Nicholas Sparks' "The Wish," we embark on a heartwarming journey of love, loss, and the enduring power of human connection. The story unfolds in the quaint town of Wilmington, North Carolina, where two souls, Maggie Dawes and Luke Collins, find themselves entangled in a serendipitous meeting that alters the course of their lives forever.

Maggie, a disillusioned young artist struggling to find her place in the world, is drawn to Luke, a handsome and enigmatic businessman who carries a secret past. As they navigate the complexities of their burgeoning romance, Maggie and Luke discover a shared longing for a simpler life, far away from the trappings of their current existence.

Fate intervenes when Maggie stumbles upon a forgotten letter, written by Luke's deceased wife, Beth. Touched by the words of love and longing contained within, Maggie embarks on a quest to fulfil Beth's final wish, unaware of the profound impact it will have on her own life.

As Maggie and Luke delve deeper into Beth's past, they uncover hidden truths and long-buried secrets that challenge their understanding of love, sacrifice, and the interconnectedness of human lives. Their journey takes them on an emotional roller coaster, filled with laughter, tears, and moments of profound realization.

With each twist and turn of the plot, Nicholas Sparks weaves a tapestry of hope, resilience, and the enduring power of love. "The Wish" is a poignant reminder that even in the face of heartbreak and loss, the human spirit has the capacity to heal, forgive, and find solace in the unexpected corners of life.

Prepare to be swept away by the lyrical prose and evocative storytelling that has made Nicholas Sparks one of the most beloved authors of our time. "The Wish" is a testament to the transformative power of love and the unbreakable bonds that connect us to those we cherish.