Three Wishes

 A true story of good friends, crushing heartbreak, and astonishing luck on our way to love and motherhood

"A Tome of the Brave."– O Magazine

"Three Wishes" is the uplifting true story of three best friends who transformed their lives by taking motherhood into their own hands.

Carey, Beth, and Pam had succeeded at work but failed at romance, and each resolved to have a baby before time ran out.  Just one problem: no men. Carey took the first bold step towards single motherhood, searching anonymous donor banks until she found the perfect match. What she found was not a father in a vial, but a sort of magic potion. She met a man, fell in love, and got pregnant the old-fashioned way.

She passed the vials to Beth, and it happened again. Beth met man, Beth got pregnant. Beth passed the vials to Pam, and the magic struck again. There were setbacks and disappointments, but three women became three families, reveling in the shared joy of love, friendship, and never losing hope.

Only how to get there stumped me: Do you make love happen or does love happen to you? How much was beyond my control, no matter how many blind dates I went on or wine tastings I signed up for?

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"Best Traditional Nonfiction Book of the Year" (Chicago Writers Association)

An “incredible tale” and “Oprah-esque yarn." (Toronto Star)

“…That they actually make it, and find long-term relationships along the way, makes for a happy journey, but the power of this three-pronged narrative is the trio’s candor regarding the compromises and complications that arise in the process of becoming mothers. Ironically, the anonymous vials of sperm never fulfill their intended purpose, but instead become a symbol of empowerment, giving each woman the green light to let go of bad relationships, find fulfilling new connections, and determine their own destinies. This personal, carefully-recounted tale will resonate with any career woman wondering if it’s too late to have it all.” (Publishers Weekly, starred Web exclusive review)

“Three would-be mothers, some “lucky” sperm and — voilà! — three happy families, with all of the pregnancies happening the old-fashioned way.” (Jane Margolies, The New York Times Style section)

“Reading Three Wishes is like being let into the juiciest of confidences. I dare you not to root for these tough and gentle women.” (Jill Eisenstadt, author of From Rockaway and Kiss Out)

Three Wishes is a true-life sisterhood tale of friendship, love, amazing luck, and sperm. I was drawn into each woman’s life, and their quest for love and motherhood, although not necessarily in that order. A must-read for the 21st century woman on the same journey.” (Alice Domar, PhD, author of Be Happy without Being Perfect and Conquering Infertility)

Three Wishes is a page-turner—full of twists and turns, great and small—that proves life is still a mystery and nothing, if we want it badly enough, is impossible.” (Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Piece of Work)

“Riveting, seriously riveting!…It’s so triumphant, too, in the best possible way.” (Julia Sweeney, author of God Said, Ha! and former Saturday Night Live cast member)

“This braided story—of longing, persistence, plans gone awry, the gifts of good luck—is at its center about love in its many forms. With its magic numbers and precious vials, it might be a fairy tale, were it not, in its details, so bracingly, bravely contemporary and real.” (Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief and Awake)

“As luck would have it, none of the women wind up using the vials. Instead, they find love the old-fashioned way, and the journey is riveting.” (Carol Bradley, author of Saving Gracie)

“…a fascinating collaborative memoir….” (Publishers Weekly, Gwenda Bond )

“…like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for adults. Lots of women out there will want to read this book.” (Library Journal, Barbara Hoffert )

“The book is a riveting account of their journey to motherhood, which takes some unexpected twists and turns…” (Ladies’ Home Journal)

“This true story is a love story—but not a typical one….Though the idea that the “magical” sperm holds the power to transform each woman’s life is a little far-fetched (and the authors do acknowledge this), the book’s message is pretty good: when you decide to pursue your dreams, good things will find a way of happening.” (Woman’s Day)

“Three Wishes…is an incredibly wise, witty and powerful memoir written by three brave and accomplished women who had the desire to be mothers—each one, on her own terms. On their shared journey to becoming mothers, they forged an incredible sisterhood that speaks to the importance of friendship in women’s lives and shows how empowering friends can be.” (Irene Levine, The Huffington Post and Psychology Today)