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Audiobook review: 3 Wishes
Author: Peggy Jaeger
Narrator: Nicole Blessing
Audio Speed: 1.5x
Series: Candy Hearts Romance universe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, novella
3 Wishes is a cute, short story about dreams coming true. Chloe has always believed in wishes ever since a young age when she had an Aladdin-themed birthday. Every year she makes three wishes, hoping for the man of her dreams to come into her life. Suddenly on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, her wishes may come true.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick story about falling in love at (near) first sight. It’s cute and cozy like a Hallmark movie, leaving me all warm inside. Chloe is a likable lead, she’s secure on her own, but nostalgic for the wishes and the dream that never came to pass. The side story of her mother and father’s marital issues is a good parallel to Chloe’s own worries about getting involved with Dr. Dreamy, although I felt it also burdened the romance and story, especially since the book is so short. I would have preferred a bit more time spent with the main couple. The story is short and a little over-the-top for me to absolutely love it.
Ms. Blessing has a pleasing, calm narrator voice. It’s confident and energetic, fitting for the self-starter Chloe. However… this story takes place in or near New York City and the author uses stereotype-NY/Italian accents for her dialogue. While it may be authentic (I can’t say since I’m not from the area), it rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like the Godfather should be coming to Chloe’s shop to do some business. The accents are strong and grating. While the attempt to be more authentic is admirable, sometimes it just isn’t necessary. Additionally, several of the narrators dialogue voices for characters were too similar.
Review copy provided by the author.
About the Book:
Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.