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Posted June 2, 2013
I loved this book! I loved that it had a light, "beachy" feel, yet tackled some serious subjects regarding marriage, forgiveness and family expectations. I also liked the way Mary Beth incorporated social media into the story line. I had a hard time putting the book down - always a sign of a book I think others would enjoy.
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Posted August 11, 2013
Posted July 15, 2013
Ivy Copeland Marshall finds out that he husband, Elliott, is cheating on her. She runs back to her estranged mom and sister at their family beach house. Her sister,Shea, is planning her wedding that is happening very quickly since it is being televised. In Ivy's return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina Ivy comes face to face with her ex-fiancée, Michael. Some feelings are rekindles and need to be dealt with.
In order to win Ivy back Elliott takes to twitter and posts his apologizes, posts about their past, posts hopes for their future. All to win her back.
As Ivy works on the family tradition of the wishing tree for Shea's wedding she reads the wishes for the happy couple and realizes that her plans for the future may be different than what she originally planned.
Before reading The Wishing Tree I had never heard of this tradition. After reading I would have loved to have it at my wedding. What a great tradition. A great way for the guests at your wedding to share their advice and wishes for the happy couple.
Ivy is a real character. In that I mean she lives a real life. A life that she thought was going exactly as she planned and then gets thrown so far off the track she doesn't know which end is up. I felt horrible for her when she found out her husband was cheating on her and applauded her going home to work on her feelings and not just brushing it aside and taking him back. But when she got home I was really scared that all her doubts would get the best of her and she would throw the love of her life away. Her family all supported her but yet gave her the space and time to make her own decisions without pressuring her. I was amazed by how strong Ivy is. She dealt with a cheating husband, an ex-fiancée, a family that she was estranged with, and yet still managed to get it all back in order and have the wedding go off perfectly.
Marybeth Whalen wrote an amazing story of a woman faith and love. It was a story of a woman's journey of forgiveness, her own and those she cares about. I had tears. I laughed. And I read, not being able to stop. This is the perfect summer book.
Posted July 8, 2013
I’ll be honest. Several days after finishing The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen, I still have mixed feelings about the book. The premise was good—a couple who realizes after 5 years of marriage that things are not going as they had hoped and separate after the husband strays. When the wife reconnects with her former fiancé, she’s torn between the past and working out her marriage in the present. Plus, I enjoyed my “trip” to the Outer Banks and would love to visit in person.
However, the story plays out in such a way that I really felt cheated by the ending. There’s so much angst—and so little communication!!!—between Ivy and Elliott and Ivy and her mom and Ivy and her sister and Ivy and Michael and Ivy and April. But then as things finally began to resolve, the scenes were only marginally described, alluded to, and/or completely left out. Honestly, after 250 pages of angst, I needed to read the resolutions. Plus, the end left the readers with a “possibility” of resolution but no real certainty of what would happen between Ivy and one of the characters.
Additionally, Ivy got on my very last nerve. I thought she was immature and bratty most of the time. It might have helped to understand more of what happened 5 years prior. Unfortunately, though, we didn’t get to really read about all of that—and what I read sort of left me thinking she was just immature then too.
I REALLY liked Shea (Ivy’s sister) and Leah (Ivy’s aunt). I would be very interested in reading their stories in the future! AND I loved the tradition of the wishing tree. If I had read this before getting married, I probably would have had one at my wedding.
Despite my mixed feelings, I am glad I stuck with the book. Overall, it was a nice story and a good one-time read. [3 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted June 27, 2013
I loved this book! I loved how it had a light, and beach setting feel to it, yet tackled some serious subjects regarding marriage, forgiveness, and family expectations that sometimes many of us can not meet. The Wishing Tree is definitely a book about forgiveness. It's also a beautifully written story of love, loss, betrayal, hope, grace, and finding one's way back from the brink. I had a hard time putting this book down. I highly recommend this book, and I am giving it five stars.
I received this book free for from Thomas Nelson for my honest and un-biased opinion.