Reviewed by Jennifer J.

On her 18th birthday, Hazel Snow’s foster father hands her an envelope with her birth certificate and the name of the woman who gave her up so many years ago. Desperate for answers and to know where she came from, Hazel sets out to find her. When she discovers that her mother will be at a fundraiser, Hazel makes plans to be there to meet her.

She takes a beautiful dress she’d picked up months earlier at a thrift store to a seamstress named Posey, hoping to have it back in time for the event. But when she opens the garment bag prior to the event, she discovers she’s been given the wrong dress! With nothing else to wear, Hazel slips into the replacement dress and continues with her plan, only to discover that she’s attending a funeral instead.

Fervently wishing that she could have known her mother when she was still alive, Hazel finds herself transported back in time just before she was born. Armed with just the dress on her body, a mysterious note from Posey, and two more dresses with wish-granting capabilities, Hazel befriends the woman who would give birth to her, falls in love, and finds out where she truly belongs.

In Wishful Thinking, Alexandra Bullen recaptures the magic from her debut novel Wish, this time tackling unplanned pregnancy. I was enthralled by the relationship between Hazel and her birth mother, eagerly turning one page after another to find out how their story would end. Just about everything in this thought provoking novel is unpredictable, and I found myself in tears as I read the last few pages.

Bullen’s talent for putting emotions into words and creating memorable and heartwarming characters are sure to keep you coming back for more and more.

Rating: 4/5

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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