Published by Harper Perennial on May 24, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction
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Australian triplets Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle are about to turn thirty-three and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down, and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly indeed.\r\n\r\nIn this family comedy by Liane Moriarty, we follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year -- as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.
It’s officially summer! This has always been one of my favorite times of the year, because even when I’m crazy-busy with all sorts of not-fun adult stuff, there is always an undercurrent of that carefree, magical, summer fun feeling. And I have dubbed this “The Summer of Reading ALL the Books”. I am determined that this will be the summer when I stop trying to do everything else, and just RELAX (yeah, we’ll see how that resolution goes!). Having said that, I thought it fitting that I kick off my summer reading with a book by Liane Moriarty. After reading Big Little Lies for Book Club a couple of months ago, I knew I wanted to read everything she had ever written. So I started with her very first book, Three Wishes. Right off the bat, I felt that these characters weren’t as relatable as her more recent ones. The Kettle triplets are tall and beautiful, and two of the three are extremely successful. I honestly kept getting Lyn and Cat confused at the beginning of the book, but Gemma was the one who stood out and had the most personality. As the story progressed, each sister became more distinct, and while they kept me interested, they just weren’t as completely relatable or likable as I had anticipated. The story begins with a huge argument in a restaurant on the night of the sister’s 33rd birthday, and then goes back to everything leading up to that crazy night. The sisters have to deal with infidelity, infertility, the ending of a marriage, balancing family and work, and dealing with lots and lots of family drama. If you’re in your mid-30’s like I am, you have probably dealt with one or more of these things yourself, or at least know someone who has. Even though these are heavy topics, the author manages to never get too dark, and the humor outweighs all the sadness. I think that is the appeal of her books – her characters are very human and face issues that many women deal with, but the writing is so charming and the situations so funny that you end up laughing and feeling a sense of connection. This is not my usual preferred genre, but I enjoy her books so much and look forward to reading more. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty was not a book that I immediately fell in love with, but it was a quick and enjoyable read. It’s one that I probably won’t give a lot of thought to later, but it was a fun, fluffy kick-off for summer. Now here’s to long summer nights, a nice tan, and enjoying good drinks and great books by the pool!