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Wish You Were Here by Best-Selling Author Renée Carlino

Wish You Were Here

From the bestselling author of Swear on This Life and Before We Were Strangers, a brand-new novel about a restless young waitress whose one-night stand with an enigmatic artist takes her on an unexpected, life-changing journey toward an impossible decision.

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Renée's adaptation with Julia Stiles of “Wish You Were Here” is currently in production and scheduled to shoot in New Jersey in summer 2023. 

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Renée's adaptation with Julia Stiles of “Wish You Were Here” is currently in production and scheduled to shoot in New Jersey in summer 2023

He painted our story on the side of a building. Our story.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Until one night, when she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meet­­ on the street, turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions.

But in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune has changed, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam far more complicated than anyone could have ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth, or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, which takes her across the world and back again, bringing her a life’s worth of wisdom, pain, and joy.

If you loved Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life, then Carlino's latest, Wish You Were Here, will be a no-brainer addition to your to-be-read list as she's outdone herself. Wish You Were Here will have readers laughing, crying, crying some more and basically running a gamut of emotions in this beautiful, heart-wrenching story. The relatable heroine finds herself not only at a crossroads in her life, but torn between two great guys. Furthermore, this is a memorable story where readers will fall in love with both men. It would not be surprising if readers picked Wish You Were Here as one of their top reads this year."

Romantic Times Top Pick

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