All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll
Published: 6th October 2016
A gorgeous story of chance meetings and unexpected friendships . . . because sometimes what you’ve always wished for isn’t necessarily what life has in store . . .
Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?
One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…
All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…
Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and the publishers, Avon, for my copy in exchange for my honest review.
I’ve had to sit and think about this book, and how I feel about it. This is the second Claudia Carroll book I’ve read this year, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the other, I’m not sure where I sit with this one. It wasn’t what I was exactly expecting, but then it wasn’t like I knew what to expect anyway. The description for this book gave literally nothing away about it. It doesn’t say you’re going to be sat in a courtroom with Tess and Kate, it doesn’t say that you’re going to be in Kate’s last 15 years or in Tess’s daily struggle with wedding plans – or whether he’e the one for her.
Tess is a likeable character, she starts off being your very typical stressed bride-to-be, planning all the last minute touches. Then she’s summoned for jury service, and everything changes. She begins to doubt whether her fiance, Bernard, is the right man. Her family have their own opinions on her, and so does his family about her. Tess is oblivious to everything they are saying and has to find her own way to the same conclusions. I found myself relating to things that Tess was thinking, and how she felt about things.
Kate again is another likeable character, although she is going through a rough time, she remains strong, able to beat an addiction, and comes out the other side of it. Although she is supposed to be this perfect billionaires wife, she comes across as independent, strong, determined and just, well, down to earth.
Other characters that are pivotal in the book are great people. I don’t want to obviously say much but in a way, I’m glad the whole thing ended the way it did. We got a happy ending, and a great romantic line throughout the book. The court case wasn’t what I imagined would happen in the book, but looking back it was a great setting for the majority of the story. It was a wonderful change from the normal settings you get in books even remotely similar to this.
As I said, I still don’t how I feel about this book. It was good to read about it all happening in a different setting, compared to seaside villages, beaches or something like that. It was also a great story, with a sort of dramatic courtroom twist. But.. On the other hand, it felt a little strained in places. I felt there was no chemistry between some characters, there was no spark between others. I didn’t particularly like either Tess’s family, or Bernard’s, and some characters didn’t add anything at all.
Overall, I did like this book. But I didn’t love it like I was sort of expecting. I’m admitting I’m a little disappointed but I really don’t mind. It was a good story, and it was a wonderful ending. Will Tess and Will be a happy every after or will they not? Who knows? Will Kate finally find her place, or will she carry on where she is?
My Rating: This is where I am struggling. Is it a 4 star? Or 4.5? Or even just a 3? I’m not sure… I’m going to give it a 4, for now. It may change but I highly doubt it.