Make a Wish But Not For Money, Suzanne Strempek Shea, 2014, PFP Publishing, 281pp, pb, 17.95, 978-991427567
When Rosie loses her position as a bank-teller and lands an unexpected job as a palm reader in a nearly defunct suburban mall, she discovers her ability to "read" a person's life in the images she sees in their hand.
"Make a wish, but not for money," she tells each client (or customer? What should she call them?). And then she tells them what she sees, or somehow knows about them, and as her fame as a seer grows, so does the clientele at the until-then dying Orchard Mall.
The author's innate understanding of people merges with her keenly honed skill as a novelist and memoirist to bring to this story believable, intriguing, and really funny characters, a teetering relationship with a soon-to-be fiance, and a storyline that kept me so engaged I hated to put the book down almost as much as I dreaded finishing it and having to leave that little town.
You don't just read this book, you live it. And you keep living it and thinking about and wondering about those people from the Orchard Mall long afterwards. A funny, touching, lovely story beautifully told.
Review posted on GoodReads 9/25/2020.