Hard to believe that a story that includes a humiliated thirty-something woman dumped by her arrogant fiancé, a pub owner and his grown son watching Alzheimer’s steal their wife and mother away, a lonely middle-age café owner tempted to cross the line with a married man, a tormented young single mom battling alcoholism and desperate for a break, and… a genie could be a romantic comedy.
But it is… and a good one!
Jinnie Cooper is trying to piece together an existence in the small village of Cranley after her fiancé, Mark, the JERK, calls off their engagement. Embraced by the village’s quirky residents, she soon takes two part-time positions, one at Out of the Attic Antiques—which is one step above a junk store—for Sam Addin and the other for Ken McCroaty at the Jekyll and Hyde Pub.
Determined to avoid getting involved with any man ever again, Jinnie cannot deny her growing attraction to forty-something Sam, but then, there’s also Ken’s handsome son, Ed, who’s closer to her age. She gives herself a reality check, though because Sam is a successful author, has a witchy ex-wife, and a son in college, and Ed has a girlfriend. Besides, there’s no way neither man could be interested in someone like her.
When Jinnie picks out a few items from Sam’s store to fix up her meager flat, her life will never be the same because one of the items is an old, battered lamp.
A Wish for Jinnie is a fun read with much of the laughs provided by Dhassim, a genie of indeterminate age who redefines wish-fulfillment. His manic personality and endless barrage of questions overwhelm Jinnie until she learns even genies aren’t immune to broken hearts.
Story characters are well-developed and easy to relate to but the standout for me was Wilma, Jinnie’s eighty-six-year-old grandmother who lived alone, read tea leaves, and rolled her own cigarettes! Jinnie adores the cantankerous old woman who says and does as she pleases. Wilma is a social media maven and even has thousands of followers on Twitter… and all the headaches that come with it – HA!
But it wouldn’t hurt Jinnie to be more like Wilma. For me, she was a wet rag from the beginning. To be fair, she was unceremoniously dumped by the JERK, who did a number on her self-esteem. But from her recollections, Jinnie had issues before getting involved with the JERK. She was stunned he was attracted to someone like her and shocked he asked her to move in with him and proposed. She never felt worthy of the JERK, and his treatment of her did nothing to build her up. However, her image of herself was contradicted by the residents of Cranley, who called her pretty and even beautiful.
It’s Dhassim who helps Jinnie come into her own though, as she comes to understand him… and herself. She takes another direction with her wish-fulfillment that is life-changing, and not just for her.
I would like to have known more about Dhassim’s past, but not knowing doesn’t take away from the story. However, the sweet ending makes me wonder if I’ll see Jinnie… and Dhassim again.
I recommend this read that’s full of snarky wit and love. But don’t go all in thinking of Robin’s Williams’ genie… Dhassim doesn’t like him.
What if wishes really could come true?
When Jinnie Cooper is dumped by her fiancé and exiled to a job in an antique shop in a sleepy Scottish village, little does she know a battered old lamp is about to shake up her life.
Genie Dhassim grants wishes. But he also wants a few of his own to come true. Letting him explore the outside world proves nerve-wracking as Dhassim has an uncanny knack of putting his pointy-slippered foot in it.
As Jinnie grows closer to her employer Sam, Dhassim discovers his time on earth is running out.
Can both Jinnie and Dhassim find true happiness? Or are those wishes that cannot be granted?