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Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks

Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish ChildrenOnce Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wonderful work they do for children with terminal diseases. I was excited to be able to read a book about the gifts they work out for these children. Instead, it felt like the book focused primarily on the progression of the disease and things leading up to the wish but not so much on the wish itself. I would have loved to have read about the wish and the impact it had on the child and the loved ones and how it helped the child and the family deal with their situations. The stories are all heart-wrenching yet tender hearted at the same time. Overall the collection of granted wishes is inspirational and fills the reader with empathy and hope. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.


Book loving single mother to a wonderful special needs child who fills my life with adventures, excitement, love and innocence.

6 thoughts on “Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children by Rachelle Sparks

  1. The “life” roller coaster is not much fun. Things are still (always) up and down here, too :-\. II wish we could get off that ride and do a bit of floating on an inner tube 🙂


  2. Jenn, I agree that the book should include the impact of the wish being granted. And I noticed you’ve been reading a lot of books by Jimmy Olsen. Reminds me of Superman 🙂 I hope you’re well! Can’t remember if I told you all went well with my son. He returns to work tomorrow for the first time in nearly 7 weeks. Hopefully he can keep the stress level down!


    1. It’s been a roller coaster ride the past 30 or so days. We still manage to find ways to laugh. Glad to hear your son is improving so nicely. That adds a ray of sunshine. I’ll email you soon!

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  3. My daughter’s wish in June this year has given her (and the whole family) many great memories to look back on. For every wish there is a lot pain and heartbreak beforehand. I’d be interested in reading this book.


    1. When my son was born he had to fight to live, almost losing that fight more than once. He had multiple heart defects and huge holes throughout his heart. Even his surgeon was surprised. He had open heart surgery when he was just a few months old. Even then we didn’t know how it would turn out. In that aspect I can relate and empathize, maybe even sympathize, with the raw emotions, the feeling of helplessness, and the fear of the unknown. It breaks my heart when a child suffers. I can’t imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. My heart goes out to parents who have gone through that experience.


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