Monday, May 7, 2012

Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt

Wish You Were Here
by Beth K. Vogt
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Available May 2012
Howard Books
336 pages



About the Book
Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancĂ©’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

My Thoughts
Days before her wedding to her long-time boyfriend Seth, Allison is questioning whether or not she can go through with it—and in such a voluminous dress no less! When her almost brother-in-law kisses her, she must decide if it was a horrible mistake or something more. When she deserts Seth at the altar, she realizes that much more is at stake than whether or not she will marry him. She must believe that God's plan is best and learn to trust Him again.

Wow! Beth K. Vogt completely blew me away with her debut novel Wish You Were Here. (I literally read the entire book in one day!) I'm a huge fan of romance stories, but this was so much more! It provided a perfect blend of romance and humor and I found myself actually getting giddy at times. The romance was just so . . . beautiful! Don't think this is just a sweet, sappy romance, though. Tough issues were addressed, and I loved the way Allison was forced to come to terms with the past—gotta love a persistent best friend! Christian themes were woven into the story without being preachy and made me really think. I loved Wish You Were Here and was sad to see it end. I can't wait to see what's next from Beth! [4.5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Beth K. Vogt believes happy endings aren’t limited to novels. She provides her readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace. Married to her husband Rob for 31 years, as the mom of three adult children and one 10-year-old, Beth embraces her less-than-perfect life. Her degree in journalism helped establish her as a nonfiction writer. Beth was the editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International, for four years and continues to be a consulting editor, as well as a bimonthly columnist for MOMSnext, their ezine for moms of school-age children. After focusing on magazine writing and her book Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35 (thanks to a surprise pregnancy at 41), Beth turned a season of burnout into her debut novel, Wish You Were Here.

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