Deveraux’s newest Endilean novel feels forced and joyless. Multiple coincidences — or are they magically granted wishes? — clichéd characters and easily solved problems will leave readers less than enchanted.
Gemma hopes what she discovers in boxes of family documents she’s cataloging will help her land her a dream job. She’s distracted from her work after meeting the family’s eldest son, Colin. They are soon spending hours and hours together, when she’s not trying to understand the magical Heartwishes stone that’s mentioned in the papers. According to the documents, the stone can grant the wishes of members of the Frazier family. Gemma is sure it’s just a legend until Frazier wishes start coming true. A string of odd burglaries force Gemma and Colin to keep secrets from each other as they worry that the stone will fall into the wrong hands and no Frazier will be safe. (ATRIA, Sep., 368 pp., $25.99)