The grass isn’t always greener on the other side

Make My Wish Come TrueMake My Wish Come True by Fiona Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the perfect read for a little contemplation about family and the way we perceive them and perhaps how we fail to understand how we are perceived by others. The thought behind the story fits well with the Xmas centred plot.
Two sisters who couldn’t be more different even if they tried. Juliet is a mother to four with an ex husband and. She lives and plans each day with detailed minutiae of a mathematician solving a quantum physics problem.
Her sister Gemma is the younger and more carefree of the two. Not bound by husband or child, she roams the world and leaves the details of family life to her elder sibling.
Not surprisingly neither one understands the needs, dreams and character of the other very well.
As is often the case with older siblings, Juliet has kept certain events from her sister to keep her safe and free to live her life without the burden of the past.
In difficult family situations the eldest often takes on the role as the pseudo-parent when the actual parents are unable to care for their children or they are unaware of how their behaviour is affecting their children. Juliet sees herself as that stand-in parent but at the same time wants to be acknowledged for the child she actually is.
When you take over part of the adult role in the family dynamics people tend to expect more from you. Somewhere in the midst of that the child in the situation loses out on a part of their childhood.
So it is no wonder that Juliet has trouble breaking a habit of a lifetime. She still tries to mother her sister and to make it right for everyone around her. That sounds good in theory but in practice everyone has their breaking point.
That breaking point is at the heart of this story and how the family copes with it.
I liked the fact that Harper didn’t end the book with sugar, spice and all things nice. She managed to leave the reader with a sense of contentment and at the same time kept it realistic.
A very good read.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

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