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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Shors Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Almost a year after the death of his wife, former high-tech executive Ian finds a letter that will change his life. It contains Kate’s final wish—a plea for him to take their ten-year-old daughter, Mattie, on a trip across Asia, through the countries they had always planned to visit.

Eager to honor the woman they loved, Ian and Mattie embark on an epic journey. They leave notes to Kate in “wishing trees,” encountering miracles large and small along the way. As they celebrate what Kate meant to them, they begin to find their way back to each other, discovering that healing is possible and that love endures—lessons that Kate hoped to show them all along.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Shors’ The Wishing Tree is an affecting and sensitively rendered study of grief and loss, the healing power of artistic expression, and the life- altering rewards of travel to distant lands. I was deeply moved by this poignant and life-affirming novel.”

    Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A poignant novel.”

    National Geographic Traveler

  • “Beautifully written, The Wishing Trees is a fascinating tale of a father and daughter on a spiritual and emotional journey–where they find love and forgiveness in the most unfamiliar but amazing places. The trials and triumphs of these characters serve to paint an emotionally resonant picture of their voyage as they’re able to miraculously transform their shared sorrow into acts of hope, kindness, and affection.”

    Mahbod Seraji, author of Rooftops of Tehran

  • “An interesting look at grief…[Shors’] fans will appreciate the saga of a father and daughter struggling with the death of the loved one who made them a family.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “A moving, emotional story about coping and coming to terms with loss. Anyone who has lost a loved one will relate to this poignant novel.”


  • “John Shors has made himself a reputation for recreating exotic landscapes that surround heartwarming stories with captivating details. The Wishing Trees is no exception, as he replaces what might be a standard tale of recovery from loss with an alluring travelogue, filled with colorful details of these chromatic countries.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 2/14/2014

    " This was a really enjoyable story. Great character development and lots of touching moments between father and daughter. My only complaint is that it tied up a bit too neatly at the end, making it a bit hard to believe, but I did enjoy the journey getting there. I plan to read others by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of my all-time FAVORITE books!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 2/11/2014

    " Great book with a great ending. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/10/2014

    " I loved Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors and saw at the Borders 70% off closing sale and grabbed it. I read it in 2 days. It is an emotional read. It's a story of a father/daughter who have lost their wife/mother. The mother is guiding them even after her death via last wishes and trips to different countries. Each time Ian and Mattie read one of the messages their reaction was different - excitement, loneliness, desperation, frustration. I felt like I was grieving for Kate too. I'm a traveler and loved exploring the countries with them. Sometimes the political aspects of each country was a bit forced, but overall a good read. Get out your kleenex box...I was crying on page 12. "

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About the Author
Author John Shors

John Shors is an international bestselling author whose work has won numerous awards and been translated into twenty-six languages. He traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently he worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. John encourages reader feedback and can be easily reached via his website at johnshors.com.