“Be Careful What You Wish For” is driven by characters, two women, diverse in age, occupation, and lifestyle, but who both wish for a different life, just for a while. A “house swap” provides the opportunity for both to try something new. Former actress Madi swaps her London apartment for Prue’s cottage in a small village. It is a perfect arrangement fraught with difficulties and rewards for both.
The narrative unfolds in alternating points of view documenting the adventures of each of the two women. Readers follow the ups and downs of their new existences and the opportunities found in each environment. Readers know what they do, what they think about their surroundings, and how they perceive their lives; readers get to know them well. The narrative of their idyllic new lives is interrupted by chapters with a menacing observer making ominous comments and frightening plans
Characters are complex, well developed, and multi-faceted; they drive the plot. Each woman embraces her new location, and both take on new challenges, enjoy personal renewal, and recover physically and emotionally. They grow and change. All this is interrupted not only by the “observer” but also by events from the past that were meant to be hidden forever suddenly come to light and by an accident that brings both women together.
“Be Careful What You Wish For” is the story of two women who want something else from their lives and find more than they expected. They both struggle to take charge of their previously dramatic personal lives and move forward in a responsible way. I received a review copy of “Be Careful What You Wish For” from Vivian Brown, HarperCollins, and One More Chapter. It is quick to read and has a compelling plot without graphic violence or inappropriate language. It is a wonderful book and relaxing to read.