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ARC Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Release Date: July 14

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I was so excited when St. Martin’s Press/NetGalley approved me for the latest Katerine Center romance novel! I recently read Things You Save in a Fire by her and really enjoyed it. So, of course I was happy to read What You Wish For and I’m glad that I did, it was 5 star read for me.

I’m not a big romance reader but I adored this novel. I loved that it followed a school librarian that was realistic and well-developed. I found myself attached to the characters and tearing up in a few places. The novel dealt with a lot of heavy topics in a sensitive way

I also loved the main romance, it was well-written and easy to root for! It has a bit of the enemies to lovers trope that I love. I won’t go into too many spoilers since it is a July release, but know that it was addicting and beautifully written novel.

I’m becoming a big fan of Katherine Center’s writing style, the way she crafts her characters, and how her plots are always so unique.

I recommend checking out this new romance novel in July and her other novels!


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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3 thoughts on “ARC Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

  1. Congrats to a 5 star read :D, I really enjoyed this book, especially the joyful nature of Sam, but I think I still love How to Walk Away the most out of all of her books, but this woman can WRITE!!!

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