🎧 Audiobook Review: Make a Wish by Helena Hunting

Posted January 30, 2023 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger, Uncategorized / 29 Comments

Make a Wish
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Series: Spark House Sisters #3
by Helena Hunting
Publication Date January 24, 2023
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Narrator: Jason Clarke, Stella Bloom
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Reading Challenges: 2023 Audiobook Challenge

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

With her signature charm and sense of humor, bestselling author Helena Hunting creates a novel about love, family, and second chances in Make a Wish.

Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.

Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu. Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.

Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future...

Make a Wish by Helena Hunting is the third book in her popular Spark House series but can be read as a stand-alone book.  However, it’s a fun series and all the books are great. 

Story Recap:

Harley Spark loves children and is the children’s party event coordinator at her family’s event hotel, Spark House.  As the youngest of the three sisters, she is beginning to question her role at Spark House but loves working with her sisters.  Her sisters have told her that they will be ending the children’s parties at Spark House because they don’t add enough to their bottom line.  Harley is disappointed but knows she has to think of the company first.  

At her last Spark House children’s party, Harley runs into Peyton, a little girl she used to babysit as a toddler, who is now an energetic nine-year-old.  However, it’s Peyton’s dad, Gavin, who has Harley wanting to run away from the party.  When Harley was a young woman, she was a live-in nanny for Peyton, after Peyton’s mother died during childbirth.  Taking care of young Petyon and her grief-stricken father, Gavin, was a fulfilling job until she almost kissed her boss, Gavin.  Shortly after that “almost kiss”, Gavin and his toddler daughter Peyton, moved away to Boulder to be closer to his in-laws.  But Harley has always thought that their move was because of her clumsy attempt to kiss, Gavin.  

My Thoughts: 

I’ve read and enjoyed every book in this series, and I like this one the best.  I’ve been waiting for Harley’s story, and it was worth the wait.  I love Harley, she’s less driven than the other sisters but just as passionate about life.  Just not as passionate about Spark House as her sisters.  She found her niche at Spark House by doing the children’s parties, but now her sisters have decided to drop doing the parties as it’s not as lucrative as weddings and corporate events.  

The star of the story is Peyton, Gavin’s nine-year-old daughter.  She is funny and works as a buffer between Gavin and Harley.  Gavin is an adorable dad, and will do anything to make his daughter happy, including tea parties wearing a tutu and special trips to child-themed restaurants.  


I highly recommend Make a Wish to anyone who enjoys romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Helena Hunting

NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.


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29 responses to “🎧 Audiobook Review: Make a Wish by Helena Hunting

  1. I love books with sweet, adorable children that steal the story. I enjoyed the first two in this series, and am looking forward to finally getting to this one. Great review, Wendy.

  2. You and I had different reactions to Peyton in this book, but that doesn’t surprise me. Something about her didn’t hit me right. But children in books hit people differently all of the time. I’m glad you loved this book. It was good!

  3. I was just reading a review about this book on another blog the other day. Interestingly enough, you both have very different opinions, so I’d be interested to see where my thoughts fall after I read it! I have yet to try any of this author’s books, but I’ve heard so many good things. Maybe this will be the year I pick them up!