Review + Excerpt: Wish You Were Here - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks. 

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.

Book Type:

NA romance

Buy Now:

Connect with Renée Carlino:

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Wish You Were Here
By Renée Carlino

Review + Excerpt: Wish You Were Here

A girl adrift finds the spark she never knew she needed with a boy who forever changed her life.

With WISH YOU WERE HERE, Renee Carlino delivers her singular style of boho romance—funny yet moving with an undercurrent of free spiritedness and vivacity. This latest imparts the story of Charlotte—a girl in her twenties who year after year finds herself stuck in a less-than-ideal job at a diner in Los Angeles. Stuck in a life without aim.

One night, however, she bumps into Adam, a handsome, intriguing painter who seems to be living his best life. Charlotte is caught up in everything that is him—his joy, spirit, humor and charm. In a single night, shaped by late-night promises and deeply longed for fantasies, Charlotte falls hard for Adam, envisioning a future together.

In the harsh light of morning, however, everything is different—Adam is different—and she leaves heartbroken.

For months she tries to piece her life back together, not quite able to erase the memory of that night, of Adam. She starts dating someone new (Seth), and just as she’s about to take the leap with him, Adam is back in her life, turning it upside down in a way she never expected.

Charlotte must find her own way, figure out how she feels and finally get her life on track… whether that be with Adam or Seth. The journey she goes on will change her life forever.

WISH YOU WERE HERE took me on a journey too. In the beginning, as I learned about Charlotte, I felt adrift myself, not quite connecting with her. But as her story continued, things began to snap into place and I began to understand her as she found determination and aim. The book brims with emotion and heart leading up to an end that is wonderfully satisfying.

“Do you believe in reincarnation?” he asked.

“I’m not sure,” I said. “I guess I believe that our energy is everywhere, even after we leave the physical world. Like our souls leave some residual imprint on the people we knew, or something.”

“Explain.”

I turned toward him, propping my head up on my hand. “Your art, our memories, the memories people have of us . . . it makes us immortal. When you love someone, whether it be your family, friends, partners, whatever, it’s like planting a little seedling of yourself inside of their hearts.”

“I like that,” he said. “Tell me about us. How’d we meet?”

I searched his eyes. “I can’t believe you don’t remember.”

He smiled as if to say, you know I do. “I just want to hear you tell it again. I love the way you tell it.”

“We met at a museum . . . the Getty.” I had to think on my pudgy toes, but I was getting a chance to describe exactly what I wanted. My fantasy.

“The Getty . . . right. Go on,” he said.

“We were both completely mesmerized by that Edvard Munch painting. What is it?”

The Scream?”

“No, Starry Night,” I said.

“That’s Van Gogh, kitten.”

I reached across him for my phone on the bedside table. “I swear to god, Munch also painted a Starry Night and it’s at the Getty. We met in front of that exact painting.” I Googled it and handed him the phone. He stared at the screen.

“Yes, I remember now. What were you wearing?”

“A red dress. I had my hair up, Audrey Hepburn style.”

“That’s right. And you were staring at the painting for a long time.” He closed his eyes. “I wanted to kiss the back of your neck.”

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Who else is an obsessive candle buyer? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ I always always always have to have candles going at home. I love not only the scents, but also the cozy mood they evoke. On the blog… https://t.co/PICU0aCHP6

What upcoming book(s) are you excited to read? It's #waitingonwednesday and I'm excited to be diving in to 𝐌𝐘 𝐅𝐀𝐕𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐄 𝐇𝐀𝐋𝐅 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐃 by @christinalauren. I should hopefully start it… https://t.co/mPdCS9flDr

𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐁𝐄𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐘 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 #ontheblog! You guys, I am obsessed with @maccosmetics new 𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐊𝐈𝐒𝐒 lipsticks. I love the blurred look of these lippies but honestly, most of all, I love that it feels like of I’m wearing... https://t.co/wvOP2ITSCr

𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐁𝐄𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐘 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖 #ontheblog! You guys, I am obsessed with @maccosmetics new 𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐊𝐈𝐒𝐒 lipsticks. I love the blurred look of these lippies but honestly, most of all, I love that it… https://t.co/GaoEueJ8wj

Excerpt + Giveaway: Pucked Love by @helenahunting!!! @jennw23 https://t.co/wVZySUgKPe

Beauty Review: @maccosmetics Powder Kiss Lipsticks https://t.co/Cbr140YMFJ

Morning, friends. I am partnering with @adaptivebooks to tell you about 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐓𝐎𝐀𝐒𝐓 by Matt Marinovich, author of THE WINTER GIRL.



#TheToastBook is out now and a perfect, fast-paced read… https://t.co/W3gNi13dCA

I am glad we got to the bottom of this. Now let’s let the fine people at the @FBI get back to work investigating, prosecuting ruby thieves etc and punching bad guys and typing frantically on their laptops then hitting enter and saying, “we’re in.” etc God bless the FBI 👍🏼🙏♥️🇺🇸 https://t.co/2TU4nFBlgZ

@DavidBellNovels has a new thriller called LAYOVER about a chance encounter with a woman... who is a missing person. Check out the cover and exclusive excerpt on @vilmairisblog: https://t.co/OosOHYhnrR

Had so much fun at @austinnordstrom this morning at the #nordstrombeauty event. We talked about big trends in beauty such as the use of high-tech tools in skincare and blurry, long-lasting… https://t.co/7W0PguyCR3

Exclusive Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Layover by @DavidBellNovels! @BerkleyPub @getredpr https://t.co/aucYTzVycg

I'll be chatting LIVE at 8pm EST tonight on @vilmairisblog's group, Vilma's Vixens!! Come hang out and say hi!!
➜ https://t.co/sh4lfb4aRM

Do you use anti-aging skincare products? Do you have a fave to recommend? I get a lot of messages with questions on what to use and recently a friend suggested I write up a post on… https://t.co/ga8zqZX6Rl

Dear Beto,

THANK YOU brother.

You are amazing. You not only electrified the state of Texas, but you sparked the imagination of the entire country.

And you did so with a message of hope, integrity, and equality for all.

We love you bro. Sorry we couldn't push you over the top.

Anyone else picking up 𝑯𝑶𝑴𝑬𝑩𝑶𝑫𝒀 by @JoannaGaines? It's out today! As you all know, I love home decor, I love being at home, and so I can't wait to pick up some new tips & inspiration from… https://t.co/kT9eUVnobG

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom…”
.

Did you read #KingdomofAsh ??? What did you think (no spoilers of course)? I… https://t.co/M3MVLtFGoI

Load More...