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by Barbara Delinsky

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Despite growing up with only an emotionally distant father, Bree Walker is one of the kindest and best loved individuals living in the small community of Panama, Vermont.

Retreating from the debacle he has made of his life, high profile author Tom Gates embraces the anonymity of Panama. Despite eating regularly at the diner where Bree works, Tom has never made any attempt to bond with the locals. That changes the day an accident sets Tom's and Bree's lives on a collision course.

Bree's injuries are so severe that she almost dies on the operating table. To the relief of her friends, doctors save her. Following this experience, Bree feels a tremendous calmness and peace; the life-after-death experience is so wonderful that she is no longer afraid. One strange thing Bree does remember about the experience is a voice telling her that she will be granted three wishes before she dies later in life.

While the accident was not Tom's fault, he feels tremendous guilt over Bree's injuries. He tries to help her recover and a wondrous new love is born between them. Soon marriage is on the horizon and Bree wonders about her three wishes. Did the entity mean that once all three were granted she would die again? Does she dare try them out?

Those lovers of tender, tragic and bittersweet stories will be very moved by author Barbara Delinsky's new mainstream offering. (July, 304 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Pocket

Published: July 1998

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