Published: HQ & Mira Australia
Date: 21st October 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Just One Wish is the latest piece of fiction from the hand of author Rachael Johns. It’s set in Melbourne, Australia and presents to us the lives of three generations of women: Grandmother, Mother and Daughter.
As I read the first few chapters I thought meh, not sure I am going to get into this, and then wham the story sprang to life and all hell let loose. It has so much drama – family drama, going on. As well it explores all kinds of relationships, plus the role of a woman in today’s world, what really matters in life, lost love and found love, and mostly being true to yourself.
Alice is the grandmother, she is a woman of science, and believed that it was really important to not have your life dictated by marriage and the need to have a man in your life. How does that pan out? Well in a very interesting way.
Her daughter Sappho is married to Tony and has two grown up children and a couple of grandchildren. She is a stay at home mother with a difference. She is the Happy Happy Housewife with a big following on You Tube and Instagram. However life is about to throw her a curve ball that really puts some spice into the family’s life.
Ged is Sappho’s daughter. The story is told from her point of view and this really worked well. Ged is a journalist, she adores her grandmother and wants to write the biography of Alice, such an inspiring woman. We meet Ged as she is dealing with a broken romance that she thought was going somewhere. Surprise! Well there are a few surprises for Ged, they come thick and fast.
I loved this family, the falling outs, the helping outs, all the things they have to deal with. The book is well written, once I was into it, I was reading along wondering what was going to happen next. Well worth the read.