Book Review: Just One Wish by Rachael Johns

Just One Wish…

About the Book:

Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey.

Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she’s beginning to wonder if she’s sacrificed too much.

Alice’s daughter, Sappho, rebelled against her unconventional upbringing, choosing to marry young and embrace life as a homemaker, but her status as a domestic goddess has recently taken a surprising turn.

Ged has always been the peacemaker between her grandmother and mother. A tenacious journalist, she knows what she wants in life and love, yet when everything in her world starts falling apart, she begins to question whether she really knows anyone at all.

At a crossroads in each of their lives, Alice, Sappho and Ged embark on a celebratory trip together, but instead of bringing them closer, the holiday sparks life-changing consequences and lifts the lid on a fifty-year-old secret.

Can Ged rescue her family if their story is built on a betrayal?

From bestselling, ABIA award-winning author Rachael Johns comes an engrossing and wise novel about ambition, choices and what it means to be a woman.

My Thoughts:

Rachael Johns is pretty much a guaranteed good read for me now. It seems that with each book released, she gets better and better, and yet they’re all fantastic. In her latest though, Just One Wish, I feel that Rachael has nudged next level. I’m not sure if it was down to the story being narrated in first person, but there seemed to be an element of humour injected into this one that was both refreshing and highly entertaining. I picked this up as a lunch time read to see me through the week at work and was unable to leave it at that. I was reading it everywhere and all the time, entirely engrossed in this family drama. Rachael unpacks several contemporary issues within this novel and she does so with impartiality and intelligence. I really enjoyed the vibrant conversations between characters and the way she demonstrated a myriad of ideas and alternative lifestyles via her characterisation. This is a novel that hit the right note for me and maintained it throughout.

Just One Wish is a highly engaging and entertaining read with wide appeal to a contemporary audience. Expect the unexpected with this one and clear your schedule – this one is not to be missed!


Thanks is extended to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a copy (via NetGalley) of Just One Wish for review.

About the Author:

Rachael Johns, an English teacher by trade and a mum 24/7, is the bestselling ABIA-winning author of The Patterson Girls and a number of other romance and women’s fiction books including The Art of Keeping Secrets, The Greatest Gift and Lost Without You. She is currently Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories around women’s issues, a genre she has coined ‘life-lit’. Rachael lives in the Perth hills with her hyperactive husband, three mostly gorgeous heroes-in-training and a very badly behaved dog. She rarely sleeps and never irons.

Just One Wish
Published by HQ Fiction – AU
Released on 21st October 2019

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