Welcome to our stop on the Wish Me Tomorrow Blog Tour. We have an excerpt, review and an awesome giveaway from the author, Karen Rock.
I loved this book and I find myself thinking about the characters days after I've read it - Andrea
Title: Wish Me Tomorrow
Author: Karen Rock
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Blog Tour Hosted by: Romance Addict Book Blog
Can they build a future on hope alone?
For years nurse and grief counselor Christie Bates has been teaching her patients to confront their fears, express themselves and trust in hope. But as her feelings for cancer survivor Eli Roberts and his two children grow, can she overcome her own fear and love a man who lives every day with the possibility of recurring illness?
Tackling cancer and single parenthood simultaneously has turned Eli into a devout realist. Which is why he finds Christie's perpetually upbeat attitude so aggravating. Still, despite himself, she's making a place in his heart. If only he could offer Christie more than an uncertain future.
* ARC received in return for an honest review
Omigod, what deeply moving story!!!
Wish Me Tomorrow is the worst BEST book I've read in a while...best because I loved it and worst because I sobbed buckets. I sobbed from 87% in until the end and a good TEN minutes afterwards. When I say sob I mean real ugly crying at it's worst...red, puffy, swollen eyes, blotchy face and a nose that refused to stop running, in short, a snot monster.
There wasn't one character that I didn't like...
Christie, the optimistic, upbeat nurse & grief counsellor who steps over cracks on pavements, always carries around a rabbit's foot for luck and has her own grief that she tries to keep buried.
Eli, the realist, who is in remission from cancer and coping with bringing up his two children on his own since his wife callously walked out on them before his diagnosis.
Becca, Eli's teenage daughter who is resentful about her dad's illness and his refusal to discuss it with them.
Tommy, Eli's young son who is utterly adorable and cute.
John, Eli's elderly neighbour who relies on Eli to be his cancer support buddy.
Laura, Christie's best friend and room-mate who always has Christie's well being at heart and encourages her to take a chance on Eli.
Rose, Christie's Irish, fun-loving Gran, with a twinkle in her eye and a spring in her step, who is always wanting to 'fix' her up with a potential boyfriend.
And last but not least Sweet Pea, Scout and Angel, the family dogs. Maybe it's because I'm a dog lover that I fell in love with them, but I adored the three of them.
I have to be honest and say that, only a few pages in I thought I was in for a depressing read but I was wrong. Although Wish Me Tomorrow tells the story of how cancer affects the lives of the people it touches, it is also a deeply moving tale of finding love in the unlikeliest of places and reminds us to live for today and wish for a tomorrow.
Without giving away too much, there is a scene where someone is given a prognosis that doesn't look good. I won't lie to you it hit me hard, as I thought of the day my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and wondered what went through my parents' head the day they were told. Did they have the same reaction? It's safe to say I was a blubbering mess reading that scene and had to stop reading until I'd composed myself enough to carry on.
I would like to thank Karen Rock for giving me the opportunity to read Wish Me Tomorrow but more than that I would like to thank her for tackling this subject with a sensitivity and compassion that runs throughout the story.
To purchase WISH ME TOMORROW in paperback form, please visit at Harlequin
Since Karen Rock’s grandmother passed her shopping bagfuls of Harlequin Presents as a teen, it’s been her dream to add her voice to the Romance genre. Now an author of Harlequin’s latest contemporary line, Heartwarming, Karen is thrilled to pen wholesome, tender, deeply romantic stories that all can relate to. Her first novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, is out in September 2013 and her next, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL, is out in spring 2013. Additionally, Karen is a young adult contemporary romance co-author with fellow Harlequin author, Joanne Rock for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series that debuted July 2013 with Spencer Hill Press.
When she’s not busy writing, Karen enjoys watching anything starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, cooking her Nona’s family Italian recipes, and occasionally rescuing local wildlife from neighborhood cats. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, her very appreciated beta-reader daughter and two King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch,” though they’ve managed to teach her the trick! Hmmmm… wonder how that happened?! She loves to connect with other romance fans!
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