Wish I Were Here

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By Melissa Wiesner

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$23.99 CAD

Opposites attract when a buttoned-up professor and a carefree doorman team up to restore a missing identity in this magical romance, perfect for fans of Sophie Cousens and Ashley Poston.

Type-A mathematician Catherine Lipton’s carefully calculated life goes awry when a university’s human resources system rejects her employment paperwork. Soon after, her credit card is declined. At the Social Security office, Catherine makes a shocking discovery—she’s disappeared from the government’s records, and there’s no evidence she exists at all.
The one person who offers to help is Luca Morelli, her attractive but aggravating doorman who spends more time flirting with Catherine’s neighbors than he does enforcing the building rules. 

Left with no other options, Catherine reluctantly agrees to enlist the help of Luca’s well-connected Italian family. Soon, she finds herself following Luca into a smoky bar to meet the Mafia, breaking into the records room of a local hospital, doing a little light stalking, and having a surprising amount of fun–all while growing closer to Luca.

As Catherine begins to unravel the mystery behind her missing identity, she may discover that the “real” Catherine is someone she never expected.


  • "A touch of magic and a heap of self-growth animate this sparkling and sophisticated rom-com."
    Publishers Weekly, Starred review, on The Second Chance Year
  • "Wiesner charms with engaging characters and an incredibly clever premise. Who among us wouldn’t like to disappear for a while?"
    Ginny Baird, New York Times bestselling author
  • "A swoony romance with a subplot about harassment and sexism in the workplace, Wiesner's latest will resonate with every reader who's wondered, 'What if?'"
    Booklist, Starred review, on The Second Chance Year
  • "Wiesner, a top-notch storyteller, puts a fresh, fun spin on a classic set-up. A self-aware, flawed, quirky heroine--with a strong supporting cast; a slow-burning, opposites-attract romance; and well-drawn scenes that tackle issues of feminism and workplace microaggressions--makes for a delightful seriocomic read that dynamically explores the what-ifs of life."
    Shelf Awareness, on The Second Chance Year
  • "An ambitious woman finding her way in the world and the heart-meltingly caring man who loves her for who she is combine to make this a charming romance."
    Library Journal, on The Second Chance Year
  • "A thoughtful exploration of Sadie's growth as well as the ingrained unfairness of being a woman in a man's world. Sadie is spunky and her outspoken sense of justice is wonderful. Tough themes with a light touch and many winning characters."
    Kirkus on The Second Chance Year
  • "*The* book you need to read before setting your resolutions. "
    The Knot, on The Second Chance Year
  • "The Second Chance Year is a charmingly sweet time-loop romance about a hard yet hope-filled journey to discovering what truly matters in life, embracing your voice, and standing up for what you believe in."
    Chloe Liese, author of Two Wrongs Make a Right, on The Second Chance Year
  • “A sweet, smart, & satisfying romcom that addresses important issues with grace even as the characters make us laugh and fall in love right along with them."
    Sophie Sullivan, author of Ten Rules for Faking It, on The Second Chance Year
  • “A delightful story filled with empowered characters, lovable found family, delicious desserts, and a sweet romance, all sprinkled with a dash of magic. This book warmed my heart like a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie!”
    Lauren Kung Jessen, author of Lunar Love, on The Second Chance Year
  • The Second Chance Year’s hooky premise drew me in right from the start, and kept me turning pages with its hints of magic, found family, and slow-burn yearning for the nerdy dreamboat of a hero. With equal measures sweet and bitter, Wiesner delivers an ultimately empowering journey that’s as satisfying as the protagonist’s mouthwatering pastries.”
    Anna E. Collins, author of Love at First Spite, on The Second Chance Year
  • "The Second Chance Year is an adorable, swoony, beautifully written romance that I devoured in a day. Full of warmth, heart (and food), I was completely charmed by Sadie and Jacob and cried all the happy tears. I didn't want it to end!"
    Catherine Walsh, author of Holiday Romance, on The Second Chance Year

On Sale
Oct 15, 2024
Page Count
368 pages

Melissa Wiesner

About the Author

Melissa Wiesner’s mother didn’t allow her to watch much TV as a child and instead, made her play with paint, colorful pipe cleaners, random bits of fabric, and all manner of other crafty things. This set Melissa up for a lifetime of creative pursuits, and it was only a matter of time before things took a bookish turn.

A night-owl, Melissa began writing novels when her early-to-bed family retired for the evening. She is the award-winning author of contemporary romantic comedies and emotional women’s fiction. Her work has earned praise from Kirkus, Booklist, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly and has been featured in Women’s World, First for Women, and The Knot. Melissa’s romantic comedy, The Second Chance Year was a Book of the Month add-on pick. Her novels will soon be translated into a dozen languages.

Along with her charming husband and two adorable children, Melissa splits her time between the big city of Pittsburgh, PA and rural West Virginia.

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