The Wish - Nicholas Sparks

The Wish

By Nicholas Sparks

  • Release Date: 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 2,821 Ratings


With exclusive travel photos and a special letter from the Author, only available for e-readers.

From the author of The Longest Ride and The Return comes a novel about the enduring legacy of first love, and the decisions that haunt us forever.

1996 was the year that changed everything for Maggie Dawes. Sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke, a remote village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, she could think only of the friends and family she left behind . . . until she met Bryce Trickett, one of the few teenagers on the island. Handsome, genuine, and newly admitted to West Point, Bryce showed her how much there was to love about the wind-swept beach town—and introduced her to photography, a passion that would define the rest of her life.

By 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer. She splits her time between running a successful gallery in New York and photographing remote locations around the world. But this year she is unexpectedly grounded over Christmas, struggling to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis. Increasingly dependent on a young assistant, she finds herself becoming close to him.

As they count down the last days of the season together, she begins to tell him the story of another Christmas, decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.


  • Rollarcollar

    By B&C2009
    Brilliant! The book brought me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Nicholas Sparks has done it again, bestseller and if Hollywood is smart another movie!
  • A great read and a long cry

    By mlyons7
    I love all of Nicholas Sparks books but this one personally hit home. Through the book I thought I knew what was coming and that it was predictable, but the ending left me sobbing. Themes of young love, adoption, finding oneself, death and grief… whew.
  • Perfect! I cried so much

    By Gaby0726
    I couldn’t put it down. It was so sweet
  • The wish

    By sarafem17
    The characters seemed so real I felt I could reach out and touch them. As sad as the ending was it also gave me hope that somethings in life can come out right. I loved Maggie’s sense of adventure and her ability to stick her chin up no matter how many punches life landed on her. Thank you for giving me a wonderful read.
  • Definitely unexpected, sweet story

    By brandeye33
    When I read some of the reviews of this book , I wasn’t sure how I would like it. It is so much more than a teenage love story as one wrote. Very heart wrenching and good story. Very much enjoyed.
  • Amazing Read

    By B...I...a
    I purchased this book a year ago when my life was falling apart. Though I have read many books written by Nicholas Sparks, this book put things in perspective in away nothing else did. It took me personally awhile to really dive into the book but once I finally opened up to possibilities, I found myself unable to put it down. I only wrote this review to thank the author for giving me this gift. Merry Christmas everyone.
  • Prepare to cry

    By marianamelovasconcellos
    I haven’t cried as much as I did with a book before! I loved from the beginning to the end!
  • the wish

    By .|.Jess.|.
    Nicholas Sparks does it again!! phenomenal!!
  • Incredible

    By AmateurwriterinNC
    Although this story was about a teenage love, I related it to my youth and how I felt. Fast forward to the present and the reality of the situation was all too real. Having had family survive it, it hit home. The end was poetic and I felt gratified at how Maggie got closure. Great read!
  • Not good

    By JTW4E
    Trite and mediocre. However, this is the only Nicholas Sparks book I’ve ever read where no one had purple or turquoise eyes and there were no mentions of blouses, slacks or pumps.