Genres: Contemporary Romance
Imagine that you were married to the love of your life and had a happy family. Now imagine everything was destroyed in an instant, making you question who you are and how you can possibly go on once the one person you truly love is gone.
It is a rare thing to find your soul mate, but Jess found true love in Dave when they were only teenagers. They've built a happy life together in a small shore town, becoming pillars of the community and making everyone around them envious of the seemingly perfect life they have built together. Jess has always been the life of the party, and Dave was always there to reel her in and keep her safe. But one night, while on duty as the town Sheriff, the unimaginable happens, altering the directions of their lives forever.
This is a story about finding love, having it all taken away, and discovering that moving on doesn't mean forgetting the past.
**DUST TO DUST is the first book of the series and introduces you to the close relationships these five friends have with each other. This is the second book of the series, but can be read as a stand alone.
This is the second installment in S.P. Cervantes’s A Broken Fairy Tale series. Here you can find our blog’s review for Dust to Dust, the first volume.
In Wished Away we get to find out more about Jessica and Dave. I am sorry to say that I couldn’t really connect with these characters. Don’t get me wrong. All of them are great but I guess I fell in love with Cam and Holden and now I keep comparing everyone else with them and they come short.
This story is a little bit different from the first one. Here, the lesson is “life goes on even if your heart is shattered”.
What Jess and Dave had was perfect. The perfect love, the perfect marriage, the perfect family. They never thought that something might happen that will make everything disappear.
So, when Dave is killed while trying to save a little girl, Jessica is left adrift. She doesn’t know how to function without him and their daughter is the only thing that keeps her going.
Gage has lost his beloved wife in a car accident and he’s still mourning her. The fact that he works in a hospital and has to deal with death every day doesn’t help.
One evening, he has to operate on his friend, Dave, and see Jessica fall apart when he doesn’t make it.
Then, Gage and Jessica meet again, and he has a goal.
When I started reading, for a little while I feared this will be one of those novels where the author skips through long periods of time without giving us any details on how the characters got where they are right now. This I find extremely annoying and it’s one of the few things that makes me give up on a book.
It sort of happens here also but the effect is not bad. This because, all through the book, we get to see glimpses of the past, so you won’t have any trouble understanding.
I really, really liked how she blended those glimpses from the past into the present. The transition is so smooth and makes following the story line extremely easy.
The writing style is not bad. Better than Dust to Dust.
While you can read Wished Away as a standalone, I recommend starting from the beginning otherwise you’ll have a hard time understanding who’s who and what’s what. There are quite a few characters and the author brings up a few situations from the previous novel that, if you haven’t read it, you’ll have no idea what she’s talking about. And it’s really worth it.
These are stories about friendship, love, loss, pain, hope. The bonds between the characters are really special and they show that true friendship is a precious gift and those who have it are really blessed because, sometimes, no one understands your pain and knows how to help you through it better than your best friend. I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you decide to give this series a try.
S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.
S.P. Cervantes is currently working on a new contemporary romance, while finishing the final novel of the Secrets of Shadow Hill series.
S.P. Cervantes has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Education.