The conflict is that Tom, being a non-human wish-consultant, is not allowed to fall in love with his very human client Celia. He constantly walks a thin line and she's got no clue. The ramifications for him developing emotions are unknown. I think that's a pretty huge conflict, one might beg to differ, but that's the whole concept of the book and I'm really confused how people cannot see it.
After a bit of thinking I came to the conclusion that people just misunderstand the concept of 'conflict'. It's said you have to have one in your book; many readers/writers/reviewers seem to think it means to have a big argument/fight between characters. That's certainly a form, but not what I refer to.
Here are a few examples of conflict:
- Married women falls in love with another guy
- Married husband develops a crush on another man, finds out he's gay.
- Prison psychologist falls for inmate
- Teacher falls for pupil
- Boss falls for employee
- Raped woman falls pregnant and wants to keep the child, others disagree
- Very religious person falls in love with an atheist
- Woman has trust issues after abusive past
- Boy starts to go off the rails after parents die in accident
- Girl loses her sight and has to learn to adapt
- Man finds out the wife is cheating he has troubles to come to terms with it
- Main character learns about terminal illness
- Loner meets someone and struggles with his being withdrawn, trying to break free