Book Review, “Wish,” Jake Smith author

Wish coverWish, by Jake Smith, is a story that will tug at the heart of every reader. It combines many topics together, just as we find them in our own lives.

James McConnell loves baseball. He played in college. He helps coach a high school team. And he wants more than anything to play catch with his son. But first his son, Aaron must be healthy enough to even think about such a thing. His hope is crushed when Aaron’s cancer, thought to be in remission, relapses suddenly. Taken to a different hospital, Aaron has the chance to meet one of his favorite professional players, who sets about trying to grant the child’s one wish, a chance for his father to play one professional game. James is torn between trying to hone his talent in order to grant Aaron’s wish and remaining with his family during the treatments and what could be Aaron’s last weeks of life.

This story is a heart warmer and a nightmare rolled into one. The love between each family member is precious and endearing. But having to deal with childhood cancer and the decision to grant a child’s dying wish or spend his last days with him is horrendous. I found myself reluctant to read this book at first, but could not put it down after only a few chapters.

I would recommend this book to any parent or grandparent.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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