Wow, this was deep and at the same time it made me laugh out loud numerous times! I read this story in two days. While the premise sounds a bit crazy (which I admit is what drew me to wanting to read the novel) it worked very well in this situation. Every emotion Allison went through seemed very real to me. I also felt bad for the men in her life. So many women have a bad feeling that tells them they shouldn't get married after agreeing to it, but they'll follow through anyway so they won't let down family, friends, or embarrass/hurt anyone. That's a terrible reason to get married.
I loved how the author took elements from Allie's childhood to provide a motive that made sense regarding her insecurity. It showed how easily things can be misinterpreted when we are children and how as adults, sometimes we need to revisit those painful issues but look at them from an adult's perspective rather than a child's. That was a healthy theme in this book. I also loved how the author showed that sometimes young women replace their close relationship with God and turn their focus on the love and admiration from a man, and then they wonder why they don't feel close to God anymore.
Anyway, I loved how this story ended. The resolution was fantastic and sigh-worthy. But I loved how the message for both of them was they needed to get tight with God first, then let Him direct their steps. That's a great message and it was sprinkled throughout the novel, but was never heavy handed. I can see this novel helping some very misguided women make a better choice, and maybe even lead them to faith in God.
While their weren't many kisses in this book, the ones that did occur left me a bit breathless. The romantic tension throughout the novel was perfect, IMHO, and had the right balance between longing and denial. I couldn't help feeling proud of the growth that occurred in Seth's life by the story's end. Oh, and every woman needs a Daniel in their lives. If you don't believe me, read the book. I'd love to be stuck in a snow cave with a guy like him if I were single. He was so tender and sweet. Sigh. Anyway, this story is making my favorite fiction list because I absolutely adored it. This author has made a new fan today. :)
Days before her wedding to her long-time boyfriend Seth, Allison is questioning whether or not she can go through with itâ€”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'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 pastâ€”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.
It's hard to put into words how much I loved this book. As a fan of contemporary romance, I knew I was in for a treat in Chapter One, but to call it a "treat" doesn't do the book justice. I loved the unique Colorado setting and the humor that had me smiling throughout. The romance was swoon-worthy, but it had a rich depth to it that went beyond surfacey attraction. Allison's own journey to personal freedom had so many layers, and I loved how the romantic storyline played a role in deepening her walk with God. Kudos to Beth Vogt for writing an absolute winner! I hope she has many more stories in her because I'll be lining up to read them. :)
From the moment Runaway Bride Allison Denman escapes her oh-so-carefully-planned life for a chance to live to the fullest, I couldn't put this book down.
The characters are people I'd like to know. And pets, who knew llamas could be so funny? Plus, the plot kept me guessing. With laugh-out-loud moments and ones that tugged my heartstrings, this debut novel by Beth Vogt is definitely one for my keeper shelf. So beautifully written, I've already purchased additional copies to share with friends.
Can kissing the wrong guy lead to happily ever after? You'll have to read Wish You Were Here to find outâ€”but you'll be glad you did!
Beth K. Vogt's writing is so visual and immediate that I felt like I was watching a classic romantic comedy as I read Wish You Were Here.
It's easy to like heroine Allison Denman despite, or because of, her disastrous faux pas at the beginning of the novel. Engaged to the perfect man, Allison finds herself kissing his brother, Daniel, five days before the wedding! As her carefully planned life unravels, we catch glimpses of the secrets Allison hides as well as the longing for adventure she's stifled.
Daniel is all about adventure, but his on-the-go lifestyle as well as friction with his family has made romantic relationships difficult. Vogt does an incredible job of revealing tidbits of Daniel's character through his postcards to Allison as well as their interactions. With his mismatched eyes, cargo pants and backpack, and easy-going attitude, Daniel practically hollers, "Come have fun with me." Readers will be cheering Allison with "You go girl" by the end of this delightful novel.