Book Review: Wish You Were Here

28 May

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.

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.

My Impressions:

What seems like on the surface a light chick lit novel featuring a runaway bride, really is a great look at who we are in the light of God’s reality.  Wish You Were Here is a chick lit novel and it does have its light spots, but from the beginning you just know that there is much more under the surface.  It is also Beth Vogt’s debut novel.  And if this book is any indication, readers are in for a lot of great books from Beth.

Allison Denman has more than cold feet.  She has serious doubts that her longtime boyfriend/high school sweetheart is really the man for her.  Coupled with an amazing kiss she shares with her future brother-in-law, Allison knows she just cannot go through with the wedding.  Leaving fiance Seth at the altar, Allison embarks on a journey to find out just who she is apart from Seth.  Lots of long held secrets come to light, and Allison discovers who she really is apart from earthly relationships and in the reality of her relationship with God.

I enjoyed this novel very much.  It is a quick read, but I never really wanted to hurry the story or the characters along.  My feelings for Allison changed during my time reading as well.  She became much more than an indecisive bride.  Other characters had their quirks, but not to the point of silliness.  And the love story that develops with her ex-fiance’s brother Daniel will satisfy romance lovers.

So if you like romance, women’s fiction and a story with some meat, pick up Wish You Were Here.


(I received Wish You Were Here in conjunction with LitFuse.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read what other reviewers have to say, click HERE.

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

One “happy” winner will receive:

  • A brand new iPad2 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.)

Hurry, the giveaway ends on 6/4/12. The winner will be announced 6/6/12 on Beth’s Website

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Wish You Were Here”

  1. Beth K. Vogt May 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Thank you for participating in the Litfuse blog tour and for posting a review of Wish You Were Here.

  2. rbclibrary May 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoyed the book!

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