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For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in theFor Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.Winner of The Beacon 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category...

Title : Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes
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ISBN : 9781463514587
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 374 Pages
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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes Reviews

  • Candace
    2019-04-16 07:54

    This book didn't really work for me. I found the story itself to be unbelievable and, at times, ridiculous. The "country bumpkin" heroine was unappealing to me. I listened to the Audible version and it was nearly unbearable for me. I'm sure it was the story, but I felt like I was trapped in some sort of redneck nightmare. If that is what the narrator was aiming for, they succeeded. If it weren't for my compulsive need to finish every book that I start, this would've been a DNF for me. Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't feeling it at all.

  • Bryony
    2019-04-19 13:12

    It seems, again, I am the only one in the world who thinks this book is pretty unextraordinary.Sorry.It was a simple enough little story. Southern states gurl who has always been controlled by her mother, mother dies, she is the main suspect, puts together a really tame bucket list to achieve before she gets arrested. Or dies. Because she keeps on having weird death visions.Apparently weird visions are totally normal for Rose. And I have absolutely no problem with weird vision things in books - sign me up for weird fantasy sci-fi supernatural vision stuff any day - but Rose never looks into what could possibly be causing this psychic power. But then maybe that's because Rose is an idiot.I'm sorry but it's true.Rose is possibly one of the most spineless characters I have ever met in literature. She allows herself to be bullied continuously, first by her mother, then her sister, and she always does whatever her aunt says. Despite this being called a 'Rose Gardner Mystery' she puts in NO effort WHATSOEVER to solve any of the mysteries in this book. C'mon, her mother was murdered, a mysterious flash drive is mentioned continuously, and there is your stereotypical mysterious male lead next door, who is clearly holding beaucoup beaucoup de secrets.But hey, it seems that Rose is only bothered about having sex with him. She knows nothing about him, and he is so quiet and mysterious that he could be plotting to kill her or, just maybe (view spoiler)[ trying to frame her for a murder(hide spoiler)] or something bad. Yet 'doing more with a man' is on her list, so Rose begs him to wet his willy with her SO GODDAMN MUCH so she can tick it off before her impending death. Which came to her in a vision. And there has been a precedent of these visions being wrong. So she could concert an effort to prevent this death instead going to buy sexy, lacy undies. But no! Sex is the solution!I'm not even exaggerating. Rose doesn't try to solve these mysteries. She just hankers after her hot next door neighbour.Don't get me wrong, I've read far, far worse books, but that doesn't alleviate the fact that there was a wet fish of a protagonist. And a bad plot. And appalling 'mystery'.If someone can explain all the five star reviews I will be very grateful.

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-04-05 07:11

    This was a super fun book to read. Rose Gardner has visions, usually just silly ones of other people like where they put their keys, until one day she has one of herself, dead! That's the day everything in her life changes. I loved watching her turn from a meek, naive woman into a strong, courageous, self assured woman. When she thinks she is going to die, she makes a list of 28 things she wants to do in the days she has left. She is helped by the very handsome new next door neighbor, Joe, to accomplish the things on the list. I enjoyed this book so much from the first page until the last and highly recommend it.

  • Ian
    2019-04-17 09:00

    I didn’t know anything about saving anybody. I didn’t even know where to go, let alone have a car to get there. But I did have a gun, even if I’d never shot one before. I unwrapped it, careful to point it away from me. I couldn’t find the round spinny thing for the bullets. Then I remembered, those were the kind of guns they used in prehistoric times. That covered most of the television shows I’d watched pre-cable. I was looking for the thing at the bottom of the gun. After a lot of fumbling and, I hate to admit it a little bit of cussing, I got it opened.Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is some serious good fun. Rose has the gift of the second sight. Unfortunately, most of her predictions are more along the lines of toilets overflowing and dogs getting out of yards than anything really useful. Then one Friday afternoon she has a vision of her own death, and her life becomes a mad house. Her mother is murdered and she is the main suspect; gangsters are gunning for her; the police are about to arrest her; and her sexy neighbor seems intent on imposing himself on her (in the biblical sense). If you look at my books, you'll see a lot of interesting female characters. It's one of the things I look for in a book. In that long list, Rose Gardner is something a little more than most. She's kind of a top shelf heroine. I'll definitely be looking for more of this series.

  • Councillor
    2019-04-11 14:06

    Available as Kindle e-book for free!One week ago, I more or less accidentally discovered this book as well as its free availability on Amazon, and I couldn't resist to download and start reading it immediately because of all the hundreds of raving reviews and four- and five-star-ratings here on Goodreads. The blurb sounded interesting and it's available for free, so what could have gone wrong?Well, just about everything.At least, I am relieved I didn't actually pay money for this, but sad that I did not own any physical copy of it, because every time I have had to read the protagonist say 'crappy doodles' I nearly smashed my mobile phone against the wall. (Fortunately, I was able to hold myself back.) "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes" deals with a young woman called Rose Gardner who is controlled by her abusive mother, while her sister Violet has been able to escape the mother's overbearance and to start a family of her own. In the very beginning, Rose is bedeviled by visions of her own upcoming death, something which leaves her irritated because up to now, she always only experienced paranormal visions of smaller things like losing her keys and finding them with a vision's help.So far, so good. Then her mother is killed early on and since Rose unfortunately managed to decide to become independent from her mother that very same day, she gets into the focus of the murder investigation. (Why should the police be interested in the fact that Rose has an alibi? Oh, yes, they would have appeared competent, something the author desperately tried to avoid throughout the course of the story.) Enter Joe McAllister, the mysterious guy from Rose's neighbourhood who seems to be the only one to believe in her innocence. You don't have to possess visionary abilities to guess where the path for Rose and Joe is leading towards. All in all, the premise was interesting, and to be honest, I was captured by the first fifty percent of the story and read them in one sitting.Then everything turned to becoming boring, unrealistic and simply annoying. In general, I am not averse to romance in mystery stories, but this one felt forced and unnatural, and the metamorphosis from the ugly duckling to the proud swan is a motif I've been fatigued by long ago. The mystery was fairly uninteresting because of the main villain's lazy characterization (the only things I remember about him are his name and the fact that he was supposed to play the villain part), and the writing felt poorly executed and uninspired. In addition - if someone knows he is going to be killed within some days, wouldn't he or she at least try to prevent this from happening rather than coming to terms with his/her upcoming death and trying to enjoy his/her final days? Not even the possibility of fighting the visions Rose had was included, resulting in me being annoyed by the heroine after a very short amount of chapters and finally regretting to have wasted my time with this e-book.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 08:50

    Downloaded for free from was an interesting mystery story, although I found it a little unbelievable at times. Rose was an interesting character, although she did come across as quite naïve. I did like her though, and I felt quite sorry for her with everything that was going on.The storyline in this was about Rose having a vision of her own murder, followed by discovering her mother’s body and knowing that it was supposed to be her. We then had a neighbour who helped Rose, more visions, and quite a bit of mystery over what was going on and who was after Rose. This was an interesting mystery story, but I did find it a little unbelievable in places; Rose moving right back in to the house where her mother was murdered not hours after the event did not seem realistic, and she didn’t seem to mourn her mother much either. The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger. 6.5 out of 10

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2019-04-09 09:01

    This book is hugely popular by most reviews I've read but sadly I found the book whilst light hearted also impossible to believe, it was a bit too much on the sickly sweet side, I think when the words "crappy doodle" were spoken before my eyes, printed in text I knew then it was time to cut my losses and go. It does have some humour and I can imagine fans of slightly offbeat southern romantic chick lit would love this, I decided not to finish with half a book to go, each to their own.Gag me with a spoon.

  • Eisley Jacobs
    2019-04-24 07:14

    I was one of the few folks who had the opportunity to review this book as an ARC. Not being familiar with Sookie Sackhouse or any of the southern mystery genre I knew it might be a stretch for me to get into this novel and character. However, Denise Grover Swank hooked me right into the story from the first sentence! I think the first time I read it I read the whole thing in one sitting. The quirky southern heroin has just the right mixture of everything! Seriously, she is funny, heartwarming, angry, naive, she is like the complete character you want to root for and laugh at/with. I find myself picking up this book more then once a week and reading 2-3 chapters all over again. Just to visit Rose and her crazy Mamma.For a debut novel, Denise Grover Swank has set the bar high for future Rose Gardner Mysteries and any other series she chooses to share with the world (who will eagerly read).

  • Ena Hasečić
    2019-04-13 06:55

    Rose Gardner je jedna veoma neobična dvadesetčetverogodišnjakinja. Živi s majkom, nema mobitel, kablovsku i nikada se nije poljupila s muškarcem. Sve se mijenja onog dana kada svoju dosadnu mamu pronalazi mrtvu u stanu, a ona postane glavni osumnjičenik za ubistvo...Ovaj roman je neobičan spoj ljubavnog i krimi, veoma se brzo čita i meni je bio baš zanimljiv. Obavezno ću pročitati i ostale romane iz ovog serijala :)

  • Erica Chapman
    2019-04-23 09:15

    I love a great mystery!! And Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes was just that. Rose was instantly likable. She was quirky, nieve and sheltered - with a crazy mom. So. What does one do with a character like that? Have her think she's going to die. Brilliant! Instantly I was pulled into the world. All the characters were unique and had their own quirks. Rose's character grew through the story and was believable. She reminded me a little of Janet Evanovich's character, Stephanie Plum, the way she had crazy stuff happen to her, her reactions, her penchant for getting into trouble, her humor. And Muffy added enjoyment to the story, as well. Can't forget Joe ;o)Lots of twists and turns and "oh no she didn't's" in this story. Enough to keep me turning the --pushing the page button on my Kindle.Swank's writing is superb. I love her voice. Read this one, folks!!!!

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-11 06:18

    This book was not that engaging. We follow Rose Gardner through several hundred pages and get to read how she reacts to everything around of her, instead of taking any ownership or showing any intelligence after she starts being investigated for the murder of her mother. There is a paranormal aspect to this book, but honestly it isn't treated consistently through the book, and it added nothing, so for anyone looking for a paranormal cozy read, I would skip this one. It would be easy to become sympathetic to the character of Rose, but I ended up sick of her about a good 1/3 way through the book. You hear about her horrible childhood due to her mother and even with everything her mother has done to her and her sister Violet. However, Rose is passive aggressive with everyone after her mother dies. She starts feeling resentful of her sister Violet because she is trying to keep her safe and wants her to come and live with her and her family.Rose in her infinite wisdom decides to stay at the house she shared with her mother even though it's a crime scene, the house keeps getting broken into, and she is also suspicious of her next door neighbor Joe who is hiding something. The character was all over the place with being very naive about everything, but also deciding that since she keeps having a vision that she is going to die, she is going to complete twenty-eight and a half (it's only twenty-eight) wishes which include things like drink wine, drink beer, kiss a man, do more with a man, etc. Yes of course she's a virgin. I don't like it when authors paint a heroine as too stupid to live (TSTL) but man oh man Rose pretty much checked off every box. Hides things from everyone around her even after she has been attacked, doesn't tell her sister, who knows about her visions, about having a vision of dying, doesn't tell Joe anything though she decides she's in love/lust with him after a couple of days, doesn't tell her lawyer or the police anything. Oh and she does know who is going to kill her, so instead of her doing anything proactive about that, she stays focused on her wishes. And then when the cat is out of the bag with Joe (with a dumb story-line) she goes to the bad guy, pretend she has what he wants, and drinks with him, makes out with him, etc because Joe said this is a good plan. Okay I have to move on here or I will be here all day. The other characters in the book for the most part are really flat, except for Violet. I really wish that we had Rose spending more time with her sister since when that happened you got more backstory into both of their childhoods. You get why Violet just cut off their mother and didn't look back. Every other character was a mess though. Joe was almost as dumb as Rose. Almost. When you find out what he has been hiding....let's just say that Joe and Rose I guess are perfect for each other, because common sense seems to be lacking in both of them.The writing was not great. I hated how Rose "spoke" through this whole thing. Sometimes seeming world weary, and then other times saying things like crappy doodle. I hope you enjoy reading about the devil, how she has a demon, and how she's going to hell all of the time, because that gets brought up a lot. I also didn't like how somethings were described in this book. There were a lot of weird metaphors being thrown around that took me out of the story.The flow was painful. Nothing happens in this story for a good 85 percent of it. If you are expecting Rose to be investigating what happened to her mother, or trying to thwart the bad guy, keep waiting. I like cozy mysteries for the most part, but this one was too draggy by far. I think it's because the author decided to throw in a part of Rose's past that involved her parents and that took a while to get sorted out in the story. There are some romance scenes between Rose and Joe, but they were tepid in my opinion. When the big losing her virginity scene with Rose happens it is just referred to off scene so to speak. And of course, no pain, because you know, first times are always super awesome. The setting of this small southern town really didn't work. I didn't get a sense of the place or other characters in this story. At times Rose acts like it's so small and nothing is there, but yet she can rent a corvette there.The ending left me kind of appalled because there is a last sentence in this book from Joe spoken to Rose, and I hope she punches the guy in the face. I was actually kind of appalled by it just because of the whole thing they went through about not telling each other the truth. I felt like this was a bad Lifetime movie of a book.

  • Lisa Morgan
    2019-04-23 08:50

    Twenty Eight and a half wishedBook DescriptionIt all started when I saw myself dead...For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all. I'm not 100% sure about this read unfortunately. After seeing the 4-5 star reviews I decided to give it a read. So, I started it about a week ago but couldn't finish it so I came back to it today. I just couldn't get into the story that much and didn't feel really believable at points. I felt the heroine was always too quick to forgive and trust even when knowing something wasn't wright with the man she liked. I did in fact enjoy Rose getting Miffy, I want a miffy who'll protect me like that. This is my first read by Denise Grover Swank, maybe it was a wrong choice but it won't put me off of reading another one of hers, I'll definitely be trying some of her other books.

  • The One Tree
    2019-04-22 06:57

    No spoilers...Loved it, loved it, loved it.Okay, what did I love about it? The story was fast paced, and didn't stop until the last page. I loved the evolution of the main characters, and how the story started out nice and slowly, explaining everything in order as it went, building to a crescendo.The writing was smooth, and you forgot you were reading a book - it sucked you in from the beginning. The only reason I stopped reading it at 4.00am in the morning was because the words were going fuzzy on me! (Dang old age!)I haven't found a new favorite author for awhile, but this young lady has definitely ticked all of the right boxes for me. In fact, I've just decided I'm going to create a new shelf in Goodreads called 'Favorites' which will make it easier for me to find and reread. Because I will read this one again.There were only two things I didn't like about this book. One: that it ended, and two: that there isn't another one to read straight away... hmmm, off to Amazon I go! Must search for more of Ms. Swank.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-03-27 09:52

    We had this local author in for a signing at the indy bookstore where I work and so I decided give one of her books a try. This book sucked me in from the first page. It's laugh out loud funny in parts but it has it's poignant moments too. Told in first person POV, it's narrator is a small town girl who everyone thinks is crazy so she doesn't have any friends and she has lived her whole life under her mother's thumb. When her mother is murdered she busts out of her shell. There is a romance here too and it's a pretty nice one. There were a couple of things with the police procedures that I was a bit skeptical about but I let them slide because that was really not the gist of the story.The narrator's voice is superb. I loved her.Talking to her dog on the way to rescue the hero:I've shot right on past the Seven Deadly Sins and moved on to breakin' the Ten Commandments. We're surely goin' to hell now.Can't wait to get in to work today to pick up book 2.

  • Abbie
    2019-04-04 12:55

    Actual rating - 3.5The main character in this was okay, although she could be quite irritating at points. This was a decent enough read. It felt a bit long at times though, and my interest dipped now and again because of it, but it wasn't anything major.Overall, A generous 3.5 stars.

  • Christy
    2019-04-11 08:04

    I picked this book up quite by chance, as it was free on Amazon Kindle. I read the premise and thought "Why not?" and I'm really glad I took the plunge into a genre I don't usually read (psychic stories).I enjoyed it more than I'd anticipated. Rose is a well-written, believable (except for perhaps exclamations like "crappy doodles!" instead of swearing - does that really happen?) 24 year old woman who has spent her life being abused by an overbearing mother and is now giddy in her freedom. It's a shame her freedom has been gained not by her moving out and telling her mother where to put her insults and demands, but from her mother's violent death. It's even more a shame that she's the prime suspect!Hunk next door, Joe, is a big help, and seems to be the kind of man any damsel in distress would need, and just what the doctor ordered for a woman who's never even kissed a man before. For a little bit I was worried that Rose was just going to swoon into his arms and go from being controlled by mum to being overpowered by the first man who comes along, but I was pleased to see her holding her own, finally gaining confidence in her independence. The part I am not usually a fan of - her supernatural psychic visions - was still tastefully written and despite being a major part of the book, wasn't overwhelming or over done, especially since for the most part, her visions are completely innocuous and very amusing. Despite the serious nature of murder and crime, the book was overall light-hearted and very funny as it focused more on Rose trying to live her life and do the things she's always wanted to do, even if those things are as silly as buy a cellphone, watch Cable TV and dance in the rain. Even though the main character is a 24 year old girl, I'd still call it a bit of a coming-of-age novel since emotionally she's like a teenager getting their first taste of adult independence, stunted by her mother's cruelty and control.On the downside as the end approached it became clear that this book was free in order to reel you in to buying the rest of the series; a tactic that I understand from a business perspective, but tends to leave me feeling unfulfilled and frustrated when the book doesn't have a solid ending. I'm on the fence as to whether I will continue to buy this series, but overall I found this a decent read.

  • Dee Avila
    2019-04-05 14:03

    I read this book a few weeks ago and wanted to do a review, only I wasn't sure how. I have wrote and re wrote this review. I still don't think what I have to say gives this book justice but, I want people, readers to know how much I loved in this book. I was warned that I would get anything done. So knowing the reader I am-I get totally lost in my books especially great ones-I cleaned, had laundry caught up, as much as one can, and dinner made early. I even gave the kids their baths and put them down early. I was prepared to start the book. Somewhere around 2 or 3 in the morning, when I my husband woke up and realised I wasn't in bed and came to see why I was still up, and several gripping chapters into I went to bed.I often dream about the characters I read about. I was glad to dream about Rose and Joe. The next day I woke up early to read and did so until breakfast and continued through lunch. I did stop and feed my kids and then sat right back down with out eating. Later that night I finished Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes. I dreamed about Rose and Joe AGAIN!!! And I thought about them for the next day or week. About the book. I my opinion it was greatly written and very captivating. The personalities of the characters were intertwined into the story. Everything Rose did you knew was something Rose would do. There were no wavers in their personalities or plot. I never found myself thinking, "now that doesn't seem like Rose or MaMa." Or wondering why we the author lead us in this direction. Everything tied together and plot twist was revealed.And let me tell you, there where some twist! Denise kept the mystery through out the book and touch of paranormal was perfect. Rose and her visions were central to the story but not always correct. They sometimes showed her things that made no sense and sometimes showed her things that happened very differently. I don't want to say to much about these visions and give anything away.Rose and Joe's relationship is a rocky one and has as many twists as the plot its self. I know I will be picking this book up again soon. Actually I'm needing something to read right now! I think I'll read it again. And if you haven't read it.

  • Hayat
    2019-04-22 11:54

    Kindle freebie!! I'm going in blind on this one. No checking out reviews or blurbs. I'm going to embrace the mystery of not knowing and let myself get surprised and swept along by Ms Swank.

  • Bibliomanija
    2019-03-31 14:17

    Posao i petak? Ne baš tako sjajna kombinacija. Pogotovo ne za Rose Gardner, lokalnu čudakinju o kojoj mama priča da je opsjednuta a okolno stanovništvo da sve špijunira, jer za njezino ponašanje , to je jedino razumno objašnjenje. Rose naime ima vizije. Nisu to neke velike vizije, samo mala upozorenja, poput upozorenja susjedi da će joj pobjeći pas ili da će se poplaviti zahod gospođe White. Ono što Rose nikad nije imala, su vizije o sebi. Bar do tog petka i trenutka kada se susrela sa Danielom Crockerom.Vizija koju je tada ugledala bila je jasna kao dan- u roku nekoliko dana Daniel Crocker će je ubiti.Dan kao da ne može završiti gore, jer Rose se mora vratiti kući, svojoj dosadnoj i nemogućoj majci. Rose nikad nije mogla učiniti ništa čime bi joj mogla udobrovoljiti i užasno bi voljela kada bi imala trunčicu snage da joj se uspije oduprijeti. U svojoj dvadesetčetvrtoj godini Rose je dopuštala da joj govori kada će ustati, nije imala mobitel jer joj to mama nije dopuštala, nije se nikada poljubila i nije imala dečka- jer time bi morala napustiti majku koja je jako "bolesna", za nju su prijatelji rijetkost a odlazak iz kuće jedino je na posao ili u knjižnicu.Uvijek je život predodređivala majci koja ju je tretirala kao vlastitu sluškinju.Nakon velike svađe, kada se napokon izborila za sebe, Rose udari činjenica da joj je za to trebalo puno godina i da sada, kada je to napokon uspjela, neće moći uživati u toj pobijedi. Zato Rose odlučuje na poleđini računa napisati sve želje koje bi voljela učiniti u tih nekoliko dana, koliko joj preostaje od života. Jer njene vizije se uvijek ostvare- ali ovaj puta ne onako kako je ona zamislila.Došavši kući Rose pronalazi majku ni više ni manje nego-mrtvu. I to točno na način kako je Rose vidjela svoje ubojstvo. Rose ubrzo postaje glavni osumnjičenik, a jedine osobe koje joj vjeruju da nije ubila majku su sestra Vivian i superzgodni novopridošli susjed Joe, koji odjednom ima poriv pomoći joj na svakom koraku. Ali Joe ima tajnu, i skriva pravu namjeru njegova ponašanja. Ili možda ipak ne?Mislili ste da je to kraj? Rose ubrzo saznaje šokantne djelove svojeg života koje je njena majka sakrivala od nje svih ovih godina i baš kada pomislite da Rose ne može biti gore, u cijelu tu priču se upleću i kriminalci kojima meta postaje, pa pretpostavljate- Rose.Ova lagana,duhovita knjiga koja je mješavina ljubića,misterije i krimića me oduševila! Rose je toliko simpatičan lik, bez koje bi ta mješavina bila jednostavno-previše. Ona je djevojka u svojoj dvadesetčetvrtoj, koja nikada nije proživjela ono što proživljavaju djevojke njenih godina. Cijeli svoj život predodredila je majci pa je time izgubila onu iskru dvadesetogodišnjaka koji tek sada, u svojim dvadesetima polako počinje uživati u životu. Lude zabave,dečki, prijateljice,društvo- ti su pojmovi s kojima Rose nije upoznata. Rose je lik, čija se pobuna protiv opresivne majke upravo počela razvijati kada se dogodila tragedija i koja je polako počela otkrivati ljepote samostalnosti odlučivši uzeti svoj život s obje ruke, da bude kovač vlastite sudbine. Iako sve radi na nespretan način, ona se ne boji zauzeti za sebe, čak iako se mora priznati da joj planovi ponekad pomalo "ćaknuti"! Ponekad sam se znala nasmijati na određene situacije u kojoj se vidi njezina naivnost i luckavost. Iako se čini da su njeni pokušaji osuđeni na propast i da očajnički treba pomoć, u stvari, ona je ta koja je dokazala svima da je vrlo spretna i da umije uspješno stati na dvije noge.Kako se radnja romana dalje odvija,shvatila sam da me uz sve Rosiene zgode i nezgode, čeka još puno događaja i odgovora koji su se pojavili odmah na početku romana -tko je zapravo ubio Rosienu majku, što želi Daniel Crocker i kakve zapravo skrivene namjere ima Rosien seksi susjed Joe, da li stvarno Rose čeka još samo tjedan dana života i kakvu je to šokantnu istinu saznala Rose u majčinoj kutiji? Sve te tajne i skriveni odgovori držali su me uz knjigu, čekajući, ne iz dosade, nego od nestrpljenja da dođem do zadnje stranice da saznam odgovor.Lagana knjiga, koja me ponekad podsjetila na knjige Janet Evanovich i njenu vrckavu Stephanie Plum, knjiga koja se brzo čita ali koja će vas natjerati da uzmete i sljedeću knjigu o Rosienim zgodama i nezgodama. Za sada su prevedene samo tri i nadam se da ću uživati u svima, kao što sam i u ovoj.

  • Sandra Bašić
    2019-03-27 14:11

    Sad treba nešto pametno napisati i opravdati ocjenu. OK, idemo: ideja uopće nije originalna (kao da danas više išta jest), izgledalo mi je kao da čitam knjiga Victorie Laurie, o vidovnjakinji Abbie Cooper. Tko je čitao, znat će o čemu pričam. Ova potonja počela je pisati svoj serijal još 2004. godine. Uglavnom, previše je sličnosti tj. onog famoznog copy/paste postupka, neću reći krađe, pa da me žena tuži. Samo ovo je ipak vrlo blijeda kopija, mogla se malo više potruditi pa ubaciti u priču, recimo, Marsovce. U nekoj drugačijoj situaciji, ovo bi bio sasvim jedan solidan mystery roman pa nek mu bude i solidna srednja ocjena.

  • Učitaj se!
    2019-04-10 14:17

    Rose Gardner nije poput svih ostalih dvadesetčetverogodišnjakinja. Rose živi s majkom, potpuno isključena od svijeta oko sebe: ona ne posjeduje mobitel niti računalo, nema prijatelja i rijetko izlazi iz kuće, osim da bi otišla na posao ili u knjižnicu. A postoji i još jedna osobina zbog koje je Rose jednostavno drugačija: Rose ima vizije. Ne one proročanske vizije, koje predviđaju kraj svijeta ili tako nešto, već povremene, kratke vizije o ljudima oko sebe: vizije o tome kamo je neka od njenih mušterija u Uredu za motorna vozila zametnula svoje ključeve, npr. Takve vizije. No i te su vizije sasvim dovoljne da ju kod drugih ljudi označe kao čudakinju.Rose nikada prije nije imala vizije o samoj sebi. Ali, kada jednog jutra, u radu s mušterijom, Rose ponovno dobije viziju, ovaj put ona u njoj vidi sebe, i to - mrtvu. Uznemirena zbog onoga što je vidjela u svojoj viziji, Rose se istog dana po prvi put posvađa s majkom i odluči joj se suprotstaviti. U novopronađenom naletu odlučnosti i samostalnosti, Rose sastavi popis, listu od 28 stvari koje nikada nije napravila, a htjela bi, prije nego što umre kao što je bila vidjela u viziji. Jer Roseine vizije uvijek se ostvare. No, kako će se uskoro ispostaviti, i ova će se vizija ostvariti - samo ne baš onako kako je Rose mislila da bude.Ova simpatična knjiga mješavina je čak nekoliko žanrova: u njoj pronalazimo elemente misterije, romantične priče, krimića, pa čak i nadnaravnog, a ujedno je i vrlo zabavna i duhovita, i lagana poput chick-lita.Rose je definitivno neuobičajen lik. Djevojka u svojim dvadesetima, koja nikada nije iskusila baš ništa od života kakav obično proživljavaju njeni vršnjaci: prijateljstva, ljubavi, zabave, mladenačku vrckavost... Rose je zarobljena u životu s majkom koja se prema njoj ne ponaša baš nimalo majčinski, već je više tretira kao osobnog roba. Nakon što joj je otac umro, a sestra se udala i odselila, Rose je ostala s majkom, možda iz osjećaja krivnje i dužnosti, ili možda zbog toga što se osjećala kao jedino što joj je ostalo, a nikada nije skupila dovoljno hrabrosti da se osamostali.Kako se radnja ovog romana dalje odvija, shvaćamo da u njemu ne pratimo samo događaje koji će dovesti do rješenja početnog misterija Roseine vizije, već i put same Rose, njeno napredovanje iz osobe koja je do sada bila prisiljena (ili si je to sama nametnula) biti i osobe koja ona stvarno jest i koja želi postati. Za nekoga tko je cijeli život proživio, tekoreći, ispod staklenog zvona, Rose je i neobično hrabra i snalažljiva, koliko god koji put bila i nespretna i luckasta.Lik Rose lako je zavoljeti i lako se s njom poistovjetiti, zbog čega je uživanje u čitanju o njenom napredovanju u životu još veće.I drugi su likovi u ovom romanu jednako zanimljivi i također pomalo luckasti, svatko na svoj način: misteriozni Rosein susjed Joe, starica preko puta, Mildred, koja obožava preuveličavati svaki, pa i najmanji, događaj; Roseina pretjerano zaštitnički nastrojena sestra i njen dobrodušni muž Mike... Spisateljica je u ovom romanu stvorila autentičan i živopisan mali gradić pun osebujnih likova, od kojih se svaki od njih savršeno uklapa u svoju ulogu i gradić sam po sebi.Ovu bih knjigu ocijenila savršenim ljetnim štivom. U njoj ima svega pomalo, da zadovolji svačiji čitalački ukus, a, osim toga, savršenog je formata da stane u svaku torbu i da je možete ponijeti sa sobom na odmor, kamo god da idete. Lako se i brzo čita, nije zahtjevna, i jednako ćete uživati u njoj čitajući ju na plaži, ili bilo gdje drugdje, gdje ste se naumili malo odmoriti od svakodnevice. A dobra je vijest i da je ova knjiga tek početak našeg druženja s Rose. Ima ih još - i sve ću ih rado čitati.

  • Laura
    2019-04-03 09:52

    Wow what a completly swoon-worthy book!! I haven't read a book that made me swoon as much as this book since Anna and and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Both books kept me up til the wee hours of the morning, simply because I was so enthralled in the story that I couldn't put it down. The main character Rose Gardner is a completly sheltered 24 year old girl, so when her over-bearing mother is mysteriously murdered, she decides that it's time she lives her life, but not until she see's a vision that she's going to do in less than a week does she really push to live her last 28 and a half wishes, that she wrote on the back of a Walmart reciept.Her mysteriously handsome next door neighbor Joe helps her fufill this dreams she has, but also have some secrets of his own, which might lead to what really happened to Rose's momma. This book is full of twists and turns, and OMG I didn't see THAT happening moments and I loved it!! Rose is such a loveable character, and her nieve and shelteredness makes her unique and a quite powerful character. She grows dramatically within the pages of this book and Denise Grover Swank takes you along for the ride. This book has it all mystery, intrique, and a lot of swoon-worthy romance. I loved it, this book def. topped my favorite books of 2011 list, and Denise Grover Swank is now an autobuy author for me, meaning whatever she writes, I will buy! You def. need to get your hands on this book, I promise you won't be disappointed.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-05 13:51

    This was a pretty decent story. I liked the mystery of everything. I mean, there was nothing original going on here but the book was interesting enough to keep you intrigued until the end. Rose didn't really do it for me. Though I like that she really embraced her independence after everything that happened with her mother - I just didn't buy into her strong independent woman act. For 24 years Rose let everyone in her life walk all over her, let everyone make her decisions for her & pretty much control her entire life - and this woman does a complete 180 in the few hours she spent hanging out at the library?? Nooooo, Im sorry but I don't buy it. Joe - was ok - I think he was supposed to be the mysterious & possibly dangerous neighbor but it was sooooo obvious who he was the whole time. Like I said, there was nothing original going on here (view spoiler)[so an undercover cop is pretty much as unoriginal as you can get (hide spoiler)]I did however enjoy the twist concerning Rose's parents. That caught me by surprise. It didn't change my feelings for Rose's mother - but it went a long way explaining her feelings. I just couldn't grasp a woman hating her own child so much. As I said, this book was pretty decent. I would read the other books if I ever came across them. 3 well liked Stars

  • Sabrina Bay
    2019-04-08 14:20

    Okay, here is how I thought Rose Anne looked at first:After a while, I realised she probably looked something like this:That's kinda weird, but I would've liked for her to look like the first image. It would've add something to the book and make it more realistic. She's 24, single, shy, and weird.She doesn't have any friend or boyfriend, never had.I loved this book. There was action and mystery. The thing I liked the most about it is the evolution of the character. I like how she thinks and how she gets stronger. I loved Joe He is mysterious and weird and oh God, so damn adorable.(view spoiler)[I like the fact that Rose Anne finds herself stuck in weird situations even if she doesn't have anything to do with it.(hide spoiler)]I'm currently reading the second book and I enjoy it a lot so far :)!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Summaiya
    2019-03-29 07:54

    This book was fine, not bad but definitely not anything special in my opinion. Rose seems to fluctuate between being a complacent doormat to full on rebellious behavior and it gets annoying and you wish that she would just make up her damn mind. I did not like Joe, period. The chemistry between them was too hot and cold for my liking. It seemed like Joe thought that he had the right to walk all over Rose, barge into her life and then abruptly leave whenever he so pleased and expected her to put up with it. I think the end of my interest in this book came when Rose let him. There are also a lot of raving reviews claiming that this is a great mystery read but there was actually a big gaping loophole in the story. Rose had an alibi for her mother's murder. She was at the library and then at the park and yet the police chose to ignore it and none of the other characters brought it up! If they had Rose would never have been part of that murder investigation, am I the only one who noticed that? I would not recommend anyone to read this book. It was lazily written and is honestly not worth the time you would spend reading it.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-07 14:13

    An exciting new series that has a great mix of humor, mystery, supernatural, and a touch of romance...Rose Gardner is an outcast in the small town of Henryetta, Arkansas; gifted with visions of the future, which she has been taught are evil and thus she is evil, Rose finds herself unwillingly pulled into the middle of a murder investigation when she has a vision of herself being killed....unfortunately ( or fortunately depending on one's POV) Rose's oppressive mother is the one murdered and Rose is the prime suspect...working to clear her name, Rose begins her own bumbling investigation leading to some comical twists and turns and the company of a mysterious stranger that has Rose questioning who she is and what she is capable of....I really enjoyed the dynamics of this story with it's heartfelt heroine and complex storyline it really appealed to my reading needs...I look forward to continuing on with the series and seeing what other shenanigans Rose gets caught up in...4 Humorous And Mysterious Stars:)

  • Trisha Leigh
    2019-04-14 08:59

    This book has an engaging, hilarious voice attached to a main character you'll root for, laugh with (but never at) all while wishing she'd be your best friend. The romance is delicious and sexy while remaining fairly chaste - just like Rose herself - and the mystery unfolds in a way that keeps the reader interested but never, ever drops the Southern charm that makes this novel special.

  • Grace
    2019-03-26 10:16

    Lo and behold, after charging my kindle up, I found this book (that I must have gotten off Amazon at some point) waiting for me. Surprisingly, for a freebie, this one started out pretty well. Too good, in fact, and at every turn, I kept expecting it to go downhill. The fact was that it didn't go downhill until 60% in, which is pretty amazing for a freebie, but go downhill it did, mostly when it came down to the romance.Written in first person of the most Southern persuasion possible (her inner swear words are Crappy Doodle), Rose was the most downtrodden, persuadable person alive with occasional "visions" that she's been convinced are the work of the devil, until she sees her own death and faints, knocking herself out at the DMV. From then on, she decides to turn a new leaf, which is somehow tied to the sudden murder of her meaner-than-heck momma, and the new good-looking (?? he is never fully physically described so I have no idea what he looks like and only assumes this since there's a romance) next-door neighbor who is extraordinarily nice to Rose in her perilous time of need.The mystery behind Rose's mean ol' momma was pretty cool. The mystery behind her next-door neighbor -- less than cool. Rose is pretty naive, and the blurb had her as so, but surely there's a line between naivete (which can be cute and annoying) and stupid (just plain annoying).Things Rose should have been more on the ball about:- wondering why her NEW, JUST MOVED IN, next-door neighbor that nobody in the entire town knows about in this genealogy-mad town is so gosh-darned nice to her - not being so adamant about independence by taking a stand in the form of returning to a murder crime scene to spend your nights. Sure, after a downtrodden life of 24 years in a pretty crappy, backwater (from what I can see) down with nosy, mean-spirited, and prejudiced neighbors is a good thing, but still, your momma was just whacked to bits on your sofa- not reporting subsequent break-ins (there were so many that I stopped counting, but at least 3) to your murder-scene of a house to the police because -- oh, there just wasn't a good reason to do it- not reporting that your next-door neighbor whom you just kissy-faced hid a gun in your shed. Being super shocked when you are framed for a murder with that same gun. - not telling anyone about your vision of impending death, even though you ALSO know the exact name of this suspect- not telling anyone of your suspicions of your next-door neighbor when he tells you to not tell the police he was in your house- not bashing your next-door neighbor's face in when you find out that he was the one who tried to frame you for another murder- not bashing your next-door neighbor's face in when you request he tell you what's going on and he only moans your name pathetically (and not in the throes of passion either)- not bashing your next-door neighbor's face in when he still wants to take you out to eat, and out of suspicion of his character and the fact that he might kill you, agree to go out with him. - telling yourself you can slip away more easily if you were with your next-door neighbor on a "date" whereas common sense would dictate you could definitely slip away the easiest if you WEREN'T on a date with him- not telling your saint of a sister ANYTHING even though you plan to be dead the next day. I mean, come ON, at least leave her a freakin' clue as to your suspects!Okay, so I guess there were a whole lot of plot holes in this book. I did kind of enjoy the backwater southern dialect. Most wouldn't.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-08 13:03

    "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes" is the first book that I have read by Denise Grover Swank. It is not the kind of book that I typically would pick up and read and I absolutely cringed when I realized it was written in first person perspective. However, I decided to stick it out and give it a chance because I absolutely adore the person who referred the book to me! I have to say…I think this is the only book I’ve ever read in first person perspective that I got through without throwing it up against the wall in utter frustration. The voice of this book is a girl named Rose. A spunky southern girl who is a bit naive, okay, a lot naive and a little bit crazy…at least to her neighbors and her mother. Rose’s mother is convinced her daughter is demon possessed. Why? Because, Rose isn’t like everyone else…she has visions about the future. Nothing hugely prophetic, usually the visions are useless information that Rose can’t help but blurt out such as someone locking their keys in their car or some other random slice of life.When Rose has a vision about dying, she decides that she is going to live her life out in a short amount of time. Whether her momma approves it or not! Unfortunately, her poor momma doesn’t have much time to worry about her new found nerve. Momma takes Rose’s place in her vision and the town suspects that Rose is the one who murdered her! Desperate to live her life before a new vision proves true for her (or before she goes to jail) Rose sets out to accomplish a list of twenty-eight wishes. Her wishes range from opportunities that she miss out on as a child, such as, “dress like a princess” to “find a boyfriend”. On this journey of self-discovery we get to know Rose’s sister, Violet, and a hunky neighbor named Joe who seems to be the answer to several wish-list criteria to the tune of “find a boyfriend”. Something is suspicious about Joe and honestly, there were times I wanted to scream “RUUUUUUNN! And other times I desperately wanted him to be better than he appeared. I suppose an easy-peasy romance would be a very boring read so of course there had to be drama! And drama there was!!!I enjoyed this book, so…. I’m not going to spill all the details; you’ll just have to read it for yourself. I did have just a few complaints… Since my own sister uses the term “crappy doodles” I could overlook it...the first few times. I felt it was overused in some places since Rose was “growing up” I thought maybe she would finally choose a new expletive word at some point. And then my second complaint…now I’m not too stuffy when it comes to curse words in books but I felt the f bomb was a little harsh for such a fun loving light read. I understand they were used by persons who would be more likely to use them but it still felt a little…forced. Overall, the story was well written and I think the author is one of the rare people who can actually write in first person perspective and do it well. The characters had an interesting voice on paper and a personality that kept me turning the pages to find out more! About the Author:Denise is a single mom who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri raising five of her six kids. (The oldest has gone off to live on his own.) She loves to embarrass her children whether it be spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen or making her teens’ friends think she’s funny/cool. *gasp* (Even if its in her own mind.) On rare occasions, she is known to post stories about her crazy life on her family blog There’s Always Room for One More.She keeps her sanity by creating worlds to escape to and characters to hang out with.

  • S.M. Blooding
    2019-04-10 10:17

    For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.This book is fantastic! She had me at the first sentence. I thought it was going to be a little slow. I mean, how interesting can working at the DMV be? Right? *nods* Right. I love the fact that Ms. Swank took the exciting (Rose's visions) and made them mundane ("You're dog's going to get out of the fence."). It gave Rose a more grounded, and well-rounded character that easily leaped off the page. She's naive and her reactions are real, not great and sometimes a little embarrassing, but real. Rose is not the type of character I generally sync with, but Ms. Swank did a superb job of creating a truly 3-dimensional character.The other characters surrounding Rose were equally well-built without wasting a lot of white-space. It didn't feel as though we paused to meet or chat with anyone, the pace moved so quickly. However, at the same time, I felt as though I had the opportunity to meet and get to know almost all of the characters in this book.The town is truly a character in and of itself. Fabulous!Joe was a bit of a mystery. I was a little suspicious of hi at first, and rightly so! He comes off the page as being a little too keen and a little too interested. I was beginning to doubt Ms. Swank, but then he did something and I just knew she wouldn't let me down. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but just have faith. Ms. Swank knows what she's doing and did it very well. The biggest thing for me, though, was that the story struck a little close to home. I came from a background similar to that and I wish I'd done what Rose did; create a list of 28 1/2 wishes and see if I could make them come true. Granted, I did...and one by one, they are coming true. But, boy, wouldn't it be neat if we all did that? Wrote a list of 28 1/2 things we've never done...and then just did them. I think the world would be filled with more than just a few happier people. Enjoy the read! It's one that once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down.