Throw a penny in a well, wish on a star, find a four-leaf clover . . . No matter which rituals people follow, none ever seem to work. But what if there were a way to make wishes come true? For best friends Olive Alexander and Blair Adams, a beach holiday provides the perfect opportunity to see if they can find the secret. Could fellow vacationer Peter Keyes hold the key to solving this puzzle?
Pulling a piece of cotton candy from its cone, Olive rolled it around in her fingers, letting it get sticky and matted. She glowered down at the mess she was making without really seeing it and thought, “All I want is a man who will love me for who I am. Someone I can talk to and laugh with and be friends with. I just wish I could fall in love and know that it was real and true and forever. A man I can grow old with and go exploring with and just . . ”
Olive jumped about half a foot. The unexpected greeting came from her left, where a man of about thirty sat grinning at her. She was certain he had not been there a minute ago. Even in her funk, she would have noticed the kind, dark brown eyes, expressive eyebrows, and generous lower lip that gave her some rather interesting ideas about potential nibbling. His hair looked almost as though he had been electrocuted, sticking up in all directions in a way that should have been a disaster, but he managed to pull it off somehow. It suited him. She attempted to regain her composure, but her heart was still hammering in a rather determined manner. “Um . . . Hi.” Brilliant. Someone should give her the Pulitzer.
“So,” her new acquaintance continued in a smooth British accent, “are you having some sort of existential crisis, or are you just not a fan of funfairs in general? You looked quite cross when I sat down.” “I suppose I did,” she agreed, not really wanting to tell this man that she’d been indulging in a bit of a pity party.
Wishing Cotton is a short story included in the Heat Wave: Beach Reads Volume Two. This is not a story that will send you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, it is more likely to make you stop and relax and think about the wishes you make in life.
Three young adults try to figure out what it would take to make their wishes come true. Through an experimental process they all make wishes and then see whose wish comes to reality. The plan was to then figure out what made that wish come true. By the end of the story they realize what it is that they need to wish upon to make their dreams into reality.
If you are looking for a story that will allow you a few hours of escape into a world of easy-going entertainment then this is for you. I think we all have wondered what it would take to make a wish come true. Maybe Wishing Cotton is the answer to that question.
The author did a wonderful job of transporting us into a carefree world of wishes with her excellent writing skills. It isn’t easy to give us a complete story in so few words and pages, but she was able to accomplish this goal. The characters were believable and lovable. I found myself making wishes of my own while reading this story. It is an example of beautiful writing and a skillful display of words to create a picture of dreams coming true.
Elizabeth M. Lawrence is the author of both contemporary and period romances. Each book incorporates its own unique blend of humor and reverence, the paranormal andthe mundane, innocence and insanity. In addition to her novels, Elizabeth serves asEditor-in-Chief for Renaissance Romance Publishing. A lifelong writer and formerparalegal, Elizabeth divides her free time between her husband and two sons, her three cats, her collection of cozy murder mysteries, her slight Doctor Who obsession, and her mildly severe caffeine addiction. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Elizabeth now works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.