A Wedding Invitation (Heart of Carolina Book #4) [NOOK Book]

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Charming Southern Fiction to Delight Contemporary Readers

After returning home from teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother's clothing boutique in Falls Church, Virginia. When she receives an invitation to a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she looks forward to reconnecting with her college friend. Instead her life collides with Carson, a fellow teacher ...
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A Wedding Invitation (Heart of Carolina Book #4)

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Overview

Charming Southern Fiction to Delight Contemporary Readers

After returning home from teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother's clothing boutique in Falls Church, Virginia. When she receives an invitation to a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she looks forward to reconnecting with her college friend. Instead her life collides with Carson, a fellow teacher and the man who broke her heart, and a young Amerasian refugee named Lien who needs Samantha and Carson's help to find her mother before Lien's own wedding. When the search for Lien's mother reveals surprising secrets from the past, Samantha must reevaluate her own memories and decide whether to continue to play it safe or take a risk that could change her life.
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Samantha Bravencourt has just returned home to Virginia after teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines. When she travels to North Carolina to attend the wedding of an old college friend, Samantha runs into an old flame, Carson, who broke her heart. She also meets a young refugee, Lien, who asks for Samantha and Carson's help in locating her mother. The search reveals long-buried secrets that cause Samantha to examine her own past so she can move forward. VERDICT Romance and drama meet in this latest by Wisler (Hatteras Girl), who does a wonderful job conveying Southern charm. Readers who enjoy the works of Susan May Warren and Tamara Leigh will also appreciate this.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441233844
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Heart of Carolina , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 183,286
  • File size: 1,015 KB

Meet the Author

Alice J. Wisler is a public speaker, advocate, and fund-raiser and the author of three previous contemporary novels. She has a bachelor of science from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the world in jobs that minister to people. Alice and her family live in Durham, North Carolina.
Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle . She graduated  from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the country in jobs that minister to people. Alice was raised in Japan and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina. Visit www.alicewisler.com
 
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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    I was so excited when I got this book in the mail after I had wo

    I was so excited when I got this book in the mail after I had won it from Library Things Early Reviewers Giveaway. But when I started turning the pages and reading the words in this book I pretty much got tired of it really fast.

    The main character is so one dimensional and throughout the whole story you really never get to see her grow. I caught myself wishing this story was more about the other characters in this story and not about Samantha. If it weren't for those characters, I probably would have marked this book as a DNF and gave up. I just couldn't get into the love story, it just seemed to fake to me, there was so many things that were so unbelievable to me.

    I will say I loved the character Dovie, I think she is what got me to finish this book. Also I will say I think this book was really well written. I liked the history in the book. I'm a big history buff though so if you don't like History you might not like it.

    If you want a light read, this is defiantly that. I just really got annoyed with Samantha, so much that I have to give this book a lower rating then I would have if it wasn't mainly about her.

    A Wedding invitation wasn't he best book I've read, but it was okay for a light read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    slow moving

    This was a bit of a yawner for me. It moved slow and I was 1/2 way through the book before I even had an idea of where it might be going and who I should root for. The best part were the quirky mix of characters that lived at Aunt Dovie's house. These small parts added the wisdom and humor.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Southern chick-lit

    Samantha receives a wedding invitation in the mail from an old college roommate. But she loses the part of the invitation and attends the wrong wedding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will change her entire life.

    The story moves between past and present as the author tries to tell Samantha's story and explain who she is today. The story moved very, very slowly for me and never caught my interest. It will appeal to someone who enjoys a good southern book that moves slowly along. I just didn't enjoy the slow pace and confusing switch backs.

    I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    An Invitation to Belong

    Every now and then we pick up a book that catches us by surprise and alters our jam-packed schedules into an impromptu pajama day. Well, this past week, A WEDDING INVITATION invited me to do just that. Although, I have to be honest, when I received Alice J. Wisler¿s latest release from Bethany House, I took one look at the cover and thought fluff. Just another wedding romance cliché. Even so, I started the book thinking I would get through a few chapters before bed. Next thing I knew it was 3AM. I was hooked on this genre-breaking piece. I kept flipping back to the cover, wondering if I was reading a romance or women¿s fiction or mystery or something else entirely. It didn¿t fit any mold I had ever read, and I wondered why I found it so enthralling. Obviously the deep POV (point of view) was what hooked me to keep reading into the wee hours of the morning. Wisler¿s prose makes you feel as though you are right there in the story. But it was the actual story itself that had me filled with an emotion and concern for a people and topics I had never given a second thought to. Now before I tell you what I thought about the story, let me tell you a bit about what influenced the author to write it. According to the Author Page in A Wedding Invitation, Alice J. Wisler had once received an ornate wedding invitation in the mail. Only it wasn¿t for her. It was addressed to the previous homeowners. But ever since she received that invitation, she wondered what going to the wrong wedding would be like. As cute as that plot line sounds, I don¿t think the actual wedding was what this book was about. But rather, I think it was about the invitation itself. Because of her role as a former teacher of the unwanted half American/ half Vietnamese children (Amerasians) at a Philippine Refugee Processing Center in the mid-1980¿s, Wisler seems to understand how people have a need to be accepted; a desire to be a part of something. The feeling of being specifically sought out and invited to something is huge. And I think she understands this well because she witnessed it from the front of the class in those dusty school rooms filled with children waiting for their invitation to belong. A Wedding Invitation is a work of fiction, but Wisler has taken what she knows from those refugee classrooms and interwoven a heartfelt romance between two people who also share, along with many other quirky characters, that desire to belong. The heroine and hero, Samantha Bravencourt and Carson Brylie are like real everyday people, filled with strengths and weaknesses, successes and faults. I enjoyed watching their story unfold little by little, getting a clearer picture of the type of people they really were¿and feeling their pain along the way. When it comes to tugging at the heart strings, Wisler has a gift for making the reader feel the same emotions the characters are. The emotions and the characters hop off the page right into your heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Second Chance Love...

    A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler This story is told from the perspective of the main character, Samantha Bravencourt. In the beginning she goes from her present time, 1993, to her past when she worked at a refugee camp in the Philippines in the 1980's. So we get the background of her story. She fell in love with a young man named Carson Brylie but he had a girlfriend back home. Seven years later she still has a flame that burns for him even though they no longer have contact. Samantha receives a wedding invitation for one her old college friends. She goes but does not recognize anyone, including the bride or groom! She does meet Taylor the PI though and so she stays for the reception. While in North Carolina she sees one of her students from the camp, Huy, and he invites her to their restaurant. His sister, Lien, who was quite a nuisance to Sam. Through meeting them she is reconnected to Carson but also she goes on a few dates with Taylor when she gets back home to Falls Church, VA. When Lien wants to find her mother, ends up she was living with her Uncle's family, Carson and Sam join together to find her and Taylor being a PI helps as well. Samantha struggles to keep her heart from falling further for Carson as he already broke it once but the more they are together the harder it is. She stays with her Aunt Dovie when she goes to N.C. Aunt Dovie takes in all kinds of human strays with unique personalities. Cute story. **Received from Bethany House for review

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    Chance Encounters, A Help Request, A Warm Romance = Great Read

    Alice J. Wisler in her new book, "A Wedding Invitation" published by Bethany House brings us to North Carolina in 1993.

    When Samantha Bravencourt receives a wedding invitation to her old college pal's wedding in Winston-Salem, NC she's thrilled to be able to go and watch her get married. When she gets there things do not go as expected as the wedding is the wrong one. However one thing leads to another and Samantha has an encounter with Carson Brylie, the man who once broke her heart, and the man who suddenly seems persistent on reconnecting with her. She'd love to just move on, but a young woman from her past also needs her help. . .and that requires that she and Carson work together. Can she forgive Carson and somehow experience the love she longed for so long ago?

    The Bible tells us that the steps of a righteous man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord. It may not seem so at times but it is always true. Take Samantha's case for instance. Going to the wrong wedding. That does not look like ordered steps at first. But if she had not gone she would not have re-met Carson and they would not have been there for Lien. God knows what He is doing especially when things look a little chaotic from our point of view.

    "A Wedding Invitation" explores the theme of our pasts hold our future from really taking place. Samantha and Carson need to have their pasts healed. Lien has her own issues with her past. All of them need God to step in and fix things for them. The nice thing is that He engineered everything so that He could do just that. "A Wedding Invitation" is a really nice story that moves quickly, has truly memorable characters and a wonderful romance. I recommend it highly.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

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    Delightful Story!

    Samantha Bravencourt loves helping her mother at the clothing boutique shop. Though she used to teach at a refugee camp in the Philippines, she knows how much her mother needs her. When She receives a wedding invitation to her old college pal's wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she's thrilled to be able to watch her get married.
    The wedding isn't exactly what Sam expected . . .and somehow leads to a chance encounter with Carson Brylie, the man who once broke her heart, and the man who suddenly seems persistent on reconnecting with her. She'd love to just move on, but a young woman from her past also needs her help. . .and that requires that she and Carson work together. Can she forgive Carson and somehow experience the love she longed for so long ago?

    I think I need to start this review, by saying that I
    don't normally read chick-lit. While I'm at the prime age when this genre should appeal to me, it just doesn't seem to. With that said, I gushed over the premise of A Wedding Invitation. The very idea is absolutely genius!

    Besides, what girl hasn't longed to come across that one guy who broke her heart years ago--and suddenly he wants to pursue her?

    The romantic tension sparked off the pages of this story. I found it stirring emotions deep inside of me--ones that dealt with the same heart-break Samantha experienced. It's amazing how much I related to her current situation. I had to ask myself, "What if that one person came back in my life? How would I handle it?"

    I enjoyed learning about the refugee camps and the work that goes on inside of them. I found that portion in the story very enlightening.

    One thing I found a bit confusing in this novel is the very beginning. We open with the story in 1993. At first, I thought it must be a flashback. It wasn't. The story actually takes place in 1993, while the flashbacks going back to 1985.

    I found the timing a bit to my disliking (kind of felt like a long time ago). Of course, these days, with social sites like Facebook and Twitter, a modern setting could have made the premise of the story absolutely impossible, so I can understand why the author chose use 1993 as the setting.

    I felt like the ending came across as a little rushed, but then again, this genre isn't my strong suit, so this may be quite typical in chick-lit.

    Chick-lit lovers will devour this story. I definitely recommend A Wedding Invitation.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Wrong wedding, right destination

    A year in the Phillipines teaching Vietnam refugees was just that, one year of her life - right? Samantha finds out that isn't the case when that year of her life is thrown back at her as she runs into pieces of her past when she attends a wedding. It takes her on a journey into the past that is coinciding with her present and brings her face to face with the young man she fell in love with in the Phillipines. Now that they have run into each other again will things be any different? Can Samantha balance her obligations to her mom, her job and help track down a missing Vietnamese woman all while trying to fend off her feelings for Carson.


    This book is a new offering from Alice Wisler that will entertain as you follow Samantha on her journey to where she should be. And can I just say that this cover is absolutely delightful and I love it!

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    A sweet, winsome story!

    This is the story of a girl who attends a friend's wedding-only to find it's not her friend at all, and the events set in motion by her being there just might change her life forever. Samantha Bravencourt has been happy enough working in her mother's store since returning from teaching refugees in the Philippines years before. She thinks attending the wedding will be safe enough; after all, it's a quick trip, and she'll be able to stay with her aunt. What could go wrong? She meets a man, who is nice enough and cute enough and again, safe enough, but then she comes face to face with her past-a refugee family whose children she once taught, and another man she'd once loved. She finds that she still does. Will her heart be broken again, or this time, will it be for real? And can she help realize her former student's dearest wish, to locate her birth mother in time to attend her wedding? The seemingly random details-the disappearance of Samantha's mother's cat, the butterflies that her aunt raises and then releases at special occasions-and the way they interweave with the story's themes are half this story's charm. The details are very sweet, as are the way the author weaves in bits of her own experience-from the teaching in the Philippines to the memorial service at the cemetery. I found the story soothing and comforting, with deep issues handled gently. I usually prefer a more serious read, but this was a very nice change of pace, and Wisler's style is smooth and engaging. The storyline reminded me a bit of another Southern fiction title, A Hundred Years of Happiness by Nicole Seitz, and those who enjoy her, Beth Webb Hart, or Eva Marie Everson should enjoy Wisler's work. My thanks to the publisher for providing the review copy.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

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    A Wedding Invitation by Alice Wisler

    It was just a few days ago that I let out a delighted squeal when this book arrived in my mailbox. Now today I let out a contented sigh as I finished it, followed by a touch of sadness that it was over. Now I probably have to wait another whole year before I read another Alice Wisler novel. That truly makes me sad.

    I have made no secret of the fact that Alice is hands down, my absolute favorite author. She has been since I read her debut novel, Rain Song. That book has been my all-time favorite book for a long time, but I'm thinking now it has some serious competition. I can't decide if I like A Wedding Invitation better. If not better, it's a definite tie. I guess I don't need to decide, I just need to love the fact that I loved this book. I have loved all of Alice's books. She has a writing style that is so tender, so sentimental, without an ounce of sappiness. I have yet to find another author who evokes the kinds of feelings in me that Alice's books evoke. And, I read A LOT of books, as you may know.

    So, what was it exactly that delighted me to my core? Hmmm, where to begin. Well, Samantha was one of the loveliest and most endearing characters I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. I could just feel her loneliness and her sadness about the love she lost, but deep inside she always had a hopeful spirit and a desire to love.

    And of course, an Alice Wisler novel wouldn't be an Alice Wisler novel without a cast of supporting characters like Aunt Dovie and Beanie. Anyone who has lived in the South for any length of time knows people like this and we are better off because of them.

    This book had a deeply personal feel to it as well. There is a lot of Alice on these pages, not just her words, but her heart as well. Her son Daniel was there, soaring high in the sky. Alice's personal experiences, her losses and her triumphs gave this book the heart that I have come to look forward to in her books.

    I was very comforted by the mother/daughter relationship between Samantha and her mother. It made me think a lot about my mother, which is always welcome. In fact, I would be willing to bet that if my mother was still alive, she and I would likely own a dress shop very much like Have A Fit. And it would be fun. There were other things that I felt personally drawn to as well. For instance, the tribute to the Vietnam veteran. That made me cry, because my dad served in Vietnam and he is my hero. It is those little things that made this book so very special to me. Those things have made this an unforgettable book.

    That is what readers can expect from this book - to have a deeply personal experience, no matter what life has handed you. That is the brilliance of Alice's writing. There is pain, sadness, grace, forgiveness, hope and tons of love in A Wedding Invitation. The sentimental feeling is so strong in this book. It was hard to get to the end of this book. I did not want it to end.

    Read this book, absorb it, savor it, and fall in love all over again. Fall in love with second chances and with Alice's lovely words. You'll see what I mean.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    The cover is beautiful but the book goes between the past and th

    The cover is beautiful but the book goes between the past and the present of the story without making it clear the transitions and as I read the book I kept asking where is this story going what is the point. Also would have preferred this in 3rd person point of view then the author may have been able to pull it off. Don't know how this one got published.

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