Can I say I loved this book both as a reader and as a writer? Cause I did.
("This book" being Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt--hence the cover picture above.)
As a reader I loved that this book didn't all happen at once. I mean, she kisses her fiance's brother five days before her wedding. Yeah. That's not just a "next week I'm with the new guy and we are completely in love" type of set-up. I enjoyed how Beth allowed her characters to take their time and deal with things, yet still pulled at our hearts along the way. A great romance. Not only between the characters, but also as they learned to love and trust God.
As a writer I loved that Beth broke some genre rules by putting three Point of Views (POVs) into this book. That's a huge no-no in Contemporary Romance, but I'm seeing it done more and more. I LOVE this because it's how I write. Not all the time. But some stories simply need it. While I love your formula romances, I love even more when great stories are simply allowed to be told. Beth had done just that.
Here's a little blurb:
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 fiancé’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.
Since your sleeping patterns will be all out of whack after the Olympics are over--anyone else staying up past midnight???--now's the perfect time to pick this book up and keep the late nights going. You're already acclimated:)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hey Susan!!! I liked that book too. It was great that Allie took the time to figure herself out instead of jumping into the next available relationship. I think people do that way too often these days. They hardly know who they are without a boyfriend, and I think that is so unhealthy. This was such a good example of what to do "in between" and that it's okay to just be on your own. Being on your own is better than having the wrong boyfriend. :)ReplyDelete
I'm hoping if you're here, that means you're on your FIXED computer!
Yay I loved Beth's book and like you, I liked that we got to hear from her third pov. In fact, I hope he gets his own book someday. :)ReplyDelete
I was thinking the same thing--great minds think alike, don't you know;) Have a great weekend, Melissa!Delete
I've read so many great things about this book! Glad you enjoyed it, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It looks like I need to add this one to my TBR pile. :)ReplyDelete
Yep. The never ending TBR pile. I'm trying to wade through mine. Wish I could read like I used to, but I'm slowly tackling it. Glad I could help add to yours so I'm not alone;)Delete
Beth's book sounds intriguing! Love your plug for staying up just a little later to read, since we're already staying up late watching the Olympics.ReplyDelete
*The picture that you mentioned on my site gives a look at some of the lives being reached with the gospel through Voice in the Villages. I'm excited about their current work in Burkina Faso! Hope you have a fabulous weekend & God bless!:)
Seriously, I love that photo! What a great shot it was.Delete
Are you staying up watching the Olympics? I didn't realize how hooked on them I'd get, but it's been a blast because our son is loving watching them too and he, Hubby and I have been up most nights cheering everyone on.
Thanks for sharing Beth's book with us. I'll have to get it.ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend!