Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt
Howard Books, 2012
Just read the back cover of this one, and I think you’ll want to read it. I did. I mean, there’s a kiss in the first chapter. CHAPTER ONE, PEOPLE! That rarely happens, so I was hooked.
This book has the cutest premise, although it is so much more than that. Huge complications arise (this is definitely an understatement), as Allison is getting married in a few days when she kisses her fiancé’s brother.
Allison has been with her fiancé Seth for several years now. She is comfortable with Seth because it is the constant, stable relationship in her life. But is comfortable enough?
Enter Daniel, Seth’s older brother, who thrives on travel and adventure. Quite different from his brother, but I instantly loved him. Daniel is the best.
The book goes much deeper than a romance. It discusses difficult issues, including self-harming, picking up the pieces of a life that goes off-course, and listening to God’s voice (sometimes the right decision is the scary one).
But my FAVORITE part of this novel was the friendship between Allison and Meghan. They were two best friends who tell each other everything. And it made me miss my friends from college. It’s so hard to stay in touch when you don’t live on campus and go to classes together. Allison and Meghan reminded me of a few close friends I don’t see often enough anymore. Hello, nostalgia!
And the cute postcards Daniel always sends Alli on his trips are the cutest chapter markers, lending a down-to-earth touch to this novel.
P.S. Was it just me, or did Seth come off a little stalker-ish? Just wondering what everyone else thought…
Summary (from the back cover):
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.