The Wishing Hill
Genre: Women's Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): What if everything you knew about your life was wrong?
Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk.
When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father.
Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.…
Review: I'm not sure why, but this book just didn't capture my attention like I expected it would. And now I've delayed so long in writing the review that I barely remember the book at all. I think that Robinson is a good writer, but my main problem with this book was that I just didn't like any of the main characters that much. What I did like, however, was the mix of elderly and middle-aged characters. Although I can't comment on how accurately her book reflects aging, her lively, quirky and opinionated elderly characters added an interesting contrast to the typical middle-aged women I'm used to reading about.
Rating: 3.5 stars