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!