Alex Martin is arrogant, wealthy, spoiled and lonely. His never-ending stream of lovers sees only his wallet. Hiding behind a mask of aloof indifference, he really wants someone who can see past the money, someone who’ll stand up to him as an equal.
Down-to-earth bookstore owner Paul Sinclair insists on making his own way in life. He longs for someone who thinks, works, and doesn’t ask for hand outs: a true partner in every sense of the word.
After years of avoidance they finally meet, and neither is impressed. Though worlds apart they share a common bond: their uncles, Alfred and Byron, are long-term partners. And when the uncles conspire to match-make, a little thing like Byron’s being a ghost isn’t going to stop them.
After reading her free novel "The telling" and after hearing a lot of good about "The Wish"I decided to give it a try. I am not too enthusiastic about ghosts so I didn’t know how I would like that aspect of the story.
It starts with a funeral, something not too common. Soon it becomes clear that the deceased and his partner have a plan that needs carrying out. They want to play matchmaker and bring their two nephews together. Not easy, when one of them is a self-indulgent rich "playboy" and the other a serious bookshop owner who strongly dislikes his counterpart.
Alex, the “rich guy” is a mystery to me. He has a good character and is longing for a committed relationship, but is not able to find one, since nobody cares to look behind his facade to discover the real man. That is all nice and good, but seriously…If he is looking for a serious partner instead of one night stands and man sluts maybe he should look at other places than the clubbing scene and change the focus of his activities a bit. Behaving like a promiscuous, money flaunting show-off will mainly result in meeting promiscuous gold-diggers. Moaning about this without changing his way of life is somewhat silly.
Another thing that baffled me was that he so readily discarded his good opinion of his uncle and thought the worst of him. Even though he blamed Paul for "seducing" his uncle the fact remains that his uncle would have had to let himself be seduced. How likely is that after losing his partner of 30 years only a few days before?
The slow development of the relationship between Alex and Paul was nicely done. Sometimes I found the eternal dancing around each other a bit too much, though. First Alex is the aggressor, then he promises to back off and does just that while Paul starts to wish he wouldn’t. Come on already!Somehow the pace was sometimes too slow and sometimes too fast for me.
Then there is the whole set up with the ghost. I’m undecided on whether I like ghosts or not. Somehow their presence makes things a bit too easy and at the same time too complicated. I believe that even without Byron’s machinations (as a ghost) eventually Alex and Paul would have found each other. The whole jealousy angle only made matters worse in my opinion instead of facilitate them. Then again, IF you want to meddle in affairs of men a ghost is a simple way to achieve this without having to explain a lot.
Towards the end it tends to become a bit too sappy for my taste. No, I worded this wrong, I don’t mind sappy in general, but not in combination with people dying and leaving video messages that leave everybody crying. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, I just don’t like to read about it.
All in all I am ambivalent about this story. I liked the characters, even though I sometimes didn’t understand the reason behind their behaviour, the plot development and the general set up. I am not too fussed about the ghost, all the deaths and the changing pace of the story. But this is all me. A lot of people liked The Wish, so you should definitely give it a try.
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