Just One Wish by Rachael Johns. (2019).
**5 out of 5 stars**
It’s the eve of Alice’s 80th birthday and she wonders if she has sacrificed too much in her life as a scientist, activist and mother. Alice’s daughter Sappho is the opposite of Alice, having married young and embraced life as a homemaker. But now her life has taken a surprising turn. Ged is the peacemaker between her mother and grandmother. She is a journalist who knew exactly what she wanted in life but it has all started falling apart. The 3 women are all at a crossroads when they go on a spontaneous cruise trip together. Instead of bringing them together, the holiday sparks life-changing consequences and lifts the lid on a fifty-year-old secret…
I can’t express how much I loved this book and the women it’s about. All I need now is for a big media company to adapt this into a film or miniseries cause I think it would be fabulous on the screen. I’m sure all of us at some point wonder what could have been, no matter how happy you are in your life. Alice has hit that point at 80 after keeping a big secret for many years. Sappho has also hit a point where she wants that bit more from her life. And Ged is forced into a point of realising things are not going exactly as planned…The book is set entirely from Ged’s perspective which I really enjoyed. While I felt closest to Ged, I still felt quite connected to Alice and Sappho. This author has a talent of making her characters feel like your family so while you may not always agree with something they’ve said or done, you still love them and you want everything to work out for them. I 100% recommend this heartwarming book that I absolutely loved.