Matilda's Wish

Fiction - Chick Lit
352 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2021
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

“Was Fate happy? No. It was not. Fate was only happy once it set me up and then ripped the carpet out from under my feet so that I fell flat on my face. I’m Tilly Lockhart, and this is my story.” Thus begins Matilda’s crazy transition from city career girl to barely resisting country gal. Upon receiving a phone call from stranger Gregory Blackburn the Third, she really has no other option but to return the call. According to Attorney Blackburn, Matilda is the sole beneficiary of her great-aunt's farm. Matilda is at her last dime after being forced to close her cupcake bakery. Down on her luck, not daring to request assistance from her parents in whose favor she is no longer comfortable, she accepts the challenge of residing on this unknown relative’s property for twelve months in order to fully inherit the mysterious gift. As she grows accustomed to the inconveniences of country life, Matilda battles the suspicious attitudes of the townsfolk in order to succeed as mistress of Dun Roamin’.

Matilda’s Wish by Beth Prentice is an expected treasure to this reviewer. With the perfect balance of humor, romance, and wicked commentary, this novel has opened my heart to more from Beth Prentice. With a well-edited pen, Matilda’s Wish is sure to convert any reader to this fun story with its strong character development and tightly woven plot. As happy endings go, Matilda’s Wish does not disappoint. Now a Beth Prentice fan, I am anxious to read more.

Jennifer Ibiam

Tilly felt like a failure because she never succeeded at anything. She couldn't excel at college, as a driving instructor, a photographer, and even as a baker because she had bad management skills. When everyone pulled out their money and she lost her baking business, she felt defeated. However, out of the blue, she was bequeathed a huge inheritance from a certain Matilda. The condition stipulated that she must live on the farm for one year before it would be transferred to her. Failure to follow the instructions held consequences. Tilly was a city girl without money or a job who was up against forces unknown. She had to save her life, her land, and her heart. Follow Tilly's adventures on the remote farm of Dun Roamin' in Matilda's Wish by Beth Prentice.

Matilda's Wish by Beth Prentice is an interesting novel that will appeal to lovers of laid-back romance. The plot is also a realistic one in that it perfectly portrayed life in the countryside. I especially loved the historical flavor that I got from reading this book. Beth developed the characters so well, and I enjoyed the conversational writing style. I also give kudos to Beth for the flawless editing of this book, as it helped me enjoy my reading. I realize that no one is a failure; they just haven't found their bright spot. Again, we should never take people at face value because more often than not, they aren't who they portray themselves to be. Beth has written a beautiful book and I can't wait to read more from her.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Matilda’s Wish by Beth Prentice will keep you laughing until you have stitches. Matilda Lockhart, Tilly, has trouble following her. When she calls in at an attorney’s office, she assumes it is because of her failed bakery. Instead, she finds she has inherited a substantial amount of money and a farm from a great-aunt she never met. The catch is this city girl must live on the farm for a year before she takes ownership. The longer Tilly lives on the farm, the more enemies she seems to make. Someone wants her to leave, but to what end? Is it the cousin contesting the will, the art museum which will inherit if she leaves, or the company that is buying out all the landowners in the area? The three generations of McKenzie men next door help at every chance they can.

Beth Prentice must have enjoyed writing this book. Matilda’s Wish is a chick lit tale that keeps you glued to the pages as you wonder what Tilly will do next. This humorous novel blends romance with mystery. The pace goes quickly from one threat by a mysterious foe to intense attraction to the handsome Noah McKenzie, and trouble caused by Tilly and Wally McKenzie as their bad karma feeds off each other. Tilly seems to get along well with everyone, except those who are trying to take her inheritance. The characters are well-developed and give this novel life. Towards the end, you realize Tilly has avoided her assailant too many times and serious action must take place. It is fascinating that the real enemy was there the entire time, and the story unfolds in a satisfying way.