Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Wish You Were Here" by Beth K. Vogt @Litfuse

Wish You Were Here
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Publisher: Howard Books
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 9781451659863
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About the Book:
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 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. And pulling a "Runaway Bride" complete with stealing, er, borrowing her best friend's car doesn't seem to solve her problems. Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Maybe she just needs to stop orchestrating everything. Allison prefers being the one in control, and giving it up is not going to be easy. But to find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her and find the strength to let Him lead.

My Thoughts:

When one looks at the cover, one thinks "another runaway bride story", and it is, but, this one has a few surprises. What I thought was going to be a typical runaway bride story ended up being more involved and had a wonderful lesson on keeping secrets, control, and finally faith and healing.

Allison seems like a typical bride-to-be, but she gives in to everyone's wishes when it comes to planning the wedding - even agreeing to wear a gown she hates.  When her future brother-in-law, Daniel, shows up at her apartment to help her move, she finds herself in a situation that causes so much doubt before the wedding, she ends up running away.

This was an enjoyable and captivating story. I enjoyed the characters as they felt quite real and weren't perfect. I adored Daniel, was frustrated with Seth, and wasn't sure at the beginning what I thought of Allison. As the story continued and I "saw" her for what she was, I started to connect with her. I enjoyed Allison's journey as she faced her monsters and discovered the many truths she had ignored because it was the "safe" thing to do and ended up really liking her at the end.

Make sure to add this delightful story to your summer must-read list, you won't be disappointed.

About the Author:

Beth K. Vogt provides her readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God's lavish grace. She's a non-fiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction. She's the wife of an Air Force physician (now in solo practice) who said she'd never marry a doctor-or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. Beth has discovered that God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." She writes contemporary romance because she believes there's more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. Beth earned a journalism degree from San Jose State University and met her husband Rob when he knocked her down at a karate studio. They've been married for 31 years. They have four children, ranging in ages from 28, 25, 23 and - thanks to a funny thing happening on their way to the empty nest-a 10-year-old. The Vogt Team, which now includes a "daughter-in-love" and "son-in-love," enjoys hiking and camping in Colorado.

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See what others on the tour are saying about "Wish You Were Here".

Win an iPad2 from @BethVogt!

 Celebrate with Beth by entering her Wish You Were Here Giveaway!

One "happy" winner will receive:
  • A brand new iPad with Wi-Fi (The must-have, do-everything gadget!)
  • Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt (Swoon worthy.)
  • $15 iTunes Gift Card (Music, books, apps, & more.)
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I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for this tour. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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