More Than a Love Story: What You Wish For by Katherine Center Review

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Published: July 14th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Adult | Fiction | Romance

Recommended to: those who love romance that also tackles important issues



From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

RATING: ★★★★★

This is a love story and yet, it’s more than just a love story.

Although this is my first Katherine Center book, it’s not the first time I heard about her. I heard a lot of good things about Things You Save in a Fire (which I also plan on reading). So when I got an opportunity to read an ARC of this, I didn’t hesitate to grab it.

Ever read books that make you feel like you’ll really love them even from the start? This is one of those. I just loved reading this from Samantha’s point of view. She is super relatable and really funny. Despite everything she went through, she remained positive and refused to back down.

I expected this book to be a cute and sweet romance. And while it had me giggling like a high school girl in front of her first crush, it was also so much more than that. Yes, this is a story of two people falling in love. But it’s also about who they both are as people: their struggles, fears, goals, and motivations. Because before there is a couple, there are individuals. I loved how this book tackled issues amidst the promise of a romance. I’m afraid I won’t be able to reveal what those issues are (spoiler alert!) but all I can tell you is that they’re important. They need to be talked about.

Ultimately, this book is about how love is not only looking at the best qualities of a person and admiring them but also seeing their worst and choosing to stay. This book is about how the world is a scary place and it is not an excuse to live in fear, but a reason to reach for joy as much as we can.

“Life is full of danger. Terrible things happen all the time. That doesn’t mean you live your life in fear.”

A free copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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