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Posted March 28, 2013
Wish You Were Here was such a page-turner that I read it in one night (staying up until 2am to finish it). I fell in love with Allison and Daniel so quickly! The character development was wonderful.
I loved that it was a believable novel. It was a story line that made sense and you were rooting for Allison all the way through. The growth in Allison throughout the book made it real. It wasn't a book that I read to hear a fairytale. It was one that, when I finished it, I felt like each of the main characters were people I knew or could meet on the street!
Definitely worth the $15 I paid and I'll be buying all of her future books as well!
Posted December 17, 2012
I enjoyed Allison's journey as told by Beth K. Vogt in Wish You Were Here. Allison's need for control and yet her desire to escape the box she's managed to get herself stuck in struck a chord with me. I think we all find ourselves in situations we wish we could avoid, or hadn't agreed to.
Wish You Were Here is a challenging read...not because it was hard to read, but because it challenged me to think about why I do things, rather than just do them because it's "expected".
This book is a light-hearted look into the life of Allison Denman as she struggles with conflicting emotions about two very different brothers. We see her grow from an unsure young lady to a young woman who realizes she doesn't have all the answers, but must take a step of faith to find the happiness God has for her.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)
***Book received free for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted October 10, 2012
I've been stretching myself lately, reading first time authors more, realizing how important it is for us aspiring authors to support one another as we're beginning our writing careers.
I'd never heard of Beth K. Vogt until I received the invitation to this blog tour for her debut book, Wish You Were Here. I also don't think I've ever read a book by Simon and Schuster's division called Howard Books. But the cover and the description of Beth's book made me want to sign up. I've since realized that many of the aspiring authors I've connected with through ACFW, Facebook and My Book Therapy already know Beth. And now, so do I. :)
I can tell by Beth's writing style that she obviously knows what she's doing with regards to words. I loved seeing the plot develop and these two characters grow closer together, although both were resigned to the fact that nothing would ever happen between them. I loved the cover of this book, as well as the characters and their evident long-standing attraction for one another... all the while the heroine was engaged to the hero's controlling little brother.
I'm glad I asked to be on the Litfuse Blog Tour for this book, for it was an enjoyable read. Especially as a debut novel. I read Wish You Were Here in a matter of days and wanted desperately to see the two lead characters end up together. I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher in return for participating in this blog tour and supplying an honest review. I gave Wish You Were Here 4 stars.
Posted June 18, 2012
Alli is getting ready to marry her high school sweetheart. What could be more romantic? Everything is going according to plan. When the groom's older brother Daniel comes to help Alli pack her things to move, one moment turns into a kiss which turns into a major crisis. Suddenly Alli isn't so sure about her "perfect" life. Alli soon leaves her old life behind as she tries to decide exactly what she wants to do with herself. As old habits threaten to surface, she will have to learn to rely on her faith to keep her life from derailing.
This was a sweet book. You can completely tell that Alli is getting in over her head from the start, so it's almost a relief that she soon becomes a runaway bride. I appreciated the author's ability to balance some serious subjects with the more light-hearted fluff in the rest of the book. This can be difficult to pull off, but I felt that it worked well in this book. Another good point was that Alli never wallowed in the bad things going on, and she certainly had plenty things to be in a funk about. Daniel seemed like a great travel partner. He was also a very swoon-worthy guy.
If there was one small thing that bugged me, it was that the characters talked out-loud to themselves a lot. Some of that I felt could have made more sense as internal dialogue. The other thing is that I really wanted more backstory on Alli. She had a lot of very interesting stories in her life, and I just wanted to read more about all that. Those are small things though, and overall this is a really fun book. It has loads of romance and introspection. It's a super fast, fluffy read. It'll be perfect for relaxing on the beach or at home, so check it out!
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Posted June 16, 2012
I LOVED the premise of this book... was wondering how she was going to redeem this woman who had kissed her fiancee's brother days before the wedding. That's a hard thing to redeem, but it worked well, and I LOVED the plot, LOVED the characters, and yeah, just a super good book!
Posted June 2, 2012
She kissed the wrong man! Now a few days before her wedding, Allison finds herself in a horrible predicament. How could she betray her fiance by kissing his brother, Daniel? Allison hasn't been happy with things for a while. For example, she hates her wedding dress. But she would never intentionally hurt Seth, after all, she has agreed to marry him. Daniel lives a life she sees as filled with adventure and romance. As Allison sorts out her feelings, things with Seth and Daniel become more complicated. Who will she choose? Will a wedding take place? Pick up this book and you will find yourself engulfed in this wonderful, sometimes funny, love story.
What an enjoyable book! There were moments I was surprised or giggling, but always loving the story. I loved the special touch the postcards made before some of the chapters. They added information and helped build anticipation in the story and characters. Each character seemed to be living, feeling human beings placed in a setting that was realistic. I recommend this book to readers who want to enjoy a good book. Thank you to the Litfuse Publicity Group for my free copy and the ability to participate in the blog tour.
Posted June 1, 2012
What a delightful book and a very quick page turning read! Allison and Seth open the book with there marriage pending in 5 days! She is trying on her beautiful $5000 wedding gown...that she hates! Next we are at her apartment where she should be packing....Daniel Seth's older brother has come to the house to help her and remove some of the boxes! What happens is Daniel lets his hair down...so to say...and ends up kissing Alli. Forward ahead to Alli starting to head down the aisle with her Groom waiting at the end, and her Step-Father Will holding her arm...they get to the pew where her Mom sits, and she turns and says "I can't do this"...and she runs out of the church.
So begins her journey to find Alli...she has to find forgiveness and her way back to God. She sure ends up having a lot of adventures!! Enter Lama's, fighting brothers, avalanches, her absent Father, and more.
You will wonder if she will find her way back to Seth? They have a six year connection, or will some other fellow turn her eye.
Be set for a very enjoyable read!
I received this book from Litfuse Blog Tours and the Publisher Howard Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted May 31, 2012
"She never should have said yes." When reading a story that's about a bride-to-be a line like that might worry you or like me make you extremely curious and keep you reading, reading, reading! I'm not sure that I've ever been hooked by a first line but there's a first time for everything, right?
Allison Denman is having second thoughts about her wedding dress, her groom, and the direction her life is headed. With the help of her Aunt Nita, her aunt's crazy llama, she discovers God's plan for her life and her true love. Now, I'm not going to spoil anything but let me just say that Allison's HEA will definitely leave you feeling, for lack of a better word, all mushy inside.
Each and every character including the irascible llamas, Pacha and Kuzko add such color and fun to what just could have been a plain ol' romance. It reminds me of a romantic movie. Romantic comedies and dramas are my absolute favorites and Wish You Were Here was a bit of Julia Roberts's Runaway Bride mixed with Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Lucky Seven in book form. Even though this is her first novel, Ms. Vogt writes like a pro and I for one am certainly glad that she decided to branch out from writing strictly nonfiction. I'm her new biggest fan and can't wait to read what she comes out with next.
*I received my complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest opinion/review of it for the tour.*
Posted May 28, 2012
I’m going to be honest. I picked up Beth Vogt's book knowing it’s a runaway-bride story. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy it as much as I did. Since I have a hard time seeing someone jilted, especially at the altar, Vogt had a challenge ahead of her. Could she create a heroine I would like and be able forgive for her fickleness, a hero deserving of her without being a self-serving bride-stealer, and a former fiance who wasn’t a cliched character with so many faults I wondered what on earth she was thinking to have been engaged to him in the first place. Vogt could, and she did. Allison Denman quickly captured my heart. She’s bright, witty, and wounded. She’s also confused. Enter Daniel Rayner, her fiance’s brother, who kisses her days before her wedding, catapulting her from confusion to crisis. How can she marry his brother, Seth, when she enjoyed Daniel’s kiss? But how can she hurt Seth, the well meaning albeit somewhat controlling guy she’s been with since high school? Watching Allison, Daniel, and Seth wrestle with their feelings in the aftermath of her mad dash out of the church in a detested wedding dress was an enjoyable experience. Although this is a romantic comedy, Vogt brought some tough issues into play, which added depth to the story. As Allison faces her feelings about faith, family, her former fiance, Seth, and her longtime friend, Daniel, she discovers who she is—and finds peace in knowing whose she is and following His plan for her life. Only then is she able to embrace a future vastly different than the one she’d originally envisioned. If you’re looking for a romantic comedy that is not only fun but has substance and a faith element that isn’t heavy-handed, I recommend While You Were Here. You’ll laugh, because Allison is such a fun character. You might even get misty-eyed a time to two. And you’ll certainly sigh, because Daniel is one fine specimen of manhood. I enjoyed Vogt's debut novel and look forward to her next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2012
From a writer’s standpoint, Wish You Were Here is a wonderful study in character development. For example: one of the main characters didn’t even appear on-scene until page 21 and yet, by then I knew that he was controlling, manipulative and obsessed with perfection. And that’s how Vogt excels: by showing character traits through other’s actions and reactions.
The heroine, Allison, was a very complex character, like all of us. As she grew and changed, I grew to love her more and more. And there were so many twists and turns in the plot that revealed so many layers of Allison’s life.
I guess my favorite part of the book (besides the love story, of course) was the postcards at the beginning of some of the chapters. It foreshadowed a little of what was going on in the background. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but when a postcard mentions Class 5 rapids, things are about to get bumpy!
Wish You Were Here was a wonderful story of forgiveness and redemption – a reminder that we have to forgive others in order to be forgiven. Loved it!
Posted May 22, 2012
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Wish You Were Here makes me wish I was THERE. It’s a delightful story in an extraordinary setting, complete with Llamas and a wonderfully kooky-yet-grounded best friend. Beth Vogt has created characters that truly feel like actual acquaintances of mine. I wish I COULD meet them. And my absolute FAVORITE character was the wedding dress. I won’t say too much about it, but that dress provided many laughs out loud.
The author knows funny, she knows how to weaken the knees, and she shows us how to handle a seriously dark issue with tenderness and great sensitivity. How can this be her first novel? It couldn’t be better.
Posted May 17, 2012
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book from the publisher (Howard Books) in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thought/Impressions: I thoroughly adored this novel. It was touching, hilarious, and just an overall cute read. This was Vogt's debut novel and I for one can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.
I loved the characters Daniel and Allison from the very start. The very first time they talked together I just fell in love with both of them and how they acted around each other. Granted, that proved to be slightly problematic, because Daniel was the groom's brother and not the groom. I have only seen bits and pieces of the Runaway Bride, but this was a cute spin-off of that movie.
Beth's writing allowed the story to flow smoothly. I can honestly say that it had me laughing in all the right places. Then she would spin around and make me feel moved almost effortlessly.
The Christian elements of this story never seemed forced and weaved seamlessly into the story. The Christian elements were never preachy or shoved down your throat. I loved when authors can combine religion into a story this subtly.
The plot, I've already mentioned this briefly, but I adored this plot. Normally, the idea of seeing somebody get jilted isn't something I smile about, but in this case I actually really liked the plot.
Basically, this novel was a really cute read that I loved reading. I loved Vogt's style, her characters, and her ability to weave a story is definitely admirable.
In Summary: An adorable read that was both cute and touching. A novel that I loved reading and one that I definitely recommend to anybody and everybody.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing comes to mind.
The Wrap-up: This was just an extremely cute read that I really enjoyed. However, it also had a depth to it that made me interested in seeing what happened next. An enjoyable read that I really liked and one that I will definitely be placing on my keeper shelf. I would definitely reread this one.
Posted May 8, 2012
Allison has everything a girl could want: a great job doing what she loves without punching a time clock, and in just a few days she’s marrying her perfect man in a big beautiful wedding in the perfect dress. Well, everyone else thinks it’s the perfect dress, Allison hates it. Then to make matters worse she ends up kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, just five days before the wedding.
This story gave me things to laugh at, to cry about, and to think on. The author did a great job of balancing the story to what real like can be like. Allison is a great character, in that she is like so many women who get swept with the current of expectations. Fortunately, Allison realizes before it is too late it’s time to jump ship and stand on her own two feet.
The author touched on a couple of topics that I hadn’t see before, but sorry I won’t share those here, it would be better for you to experience them yourself. The author also kept me guessing how how things would end. I saw a couple of different directions she could have gone and wasn’t sure until the very end how the story would conclude. Which is really hard to do with romance so a definite bonus with this book.
The author did a nice job with the spiritual aspect. She highlighted Allison’s life decisions very true to real life. As women, it is too easy to forget our first love, Christ, and put other things ahead of Him. However, the Christian message is not so heavy that it scare anyone off.
For those of you who love romance, you should enjoy this one, if you’re not a big romance fan this book still has a lot to offer, with a fun and interesting storyline a great characters to love and to hate.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Howard Books for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted May 5, 2012
It's hard to put into words how much I loved this book. As a fan of contemporary romance, I knew I was in for a treat in Chapter One, but to call it a "treat" doesn't do the book justice. I loved the unique Colorado setting and the humor that had me smiling throughout. The romance was swoon-worthy, but it had a rich depth to it that went beyond surfacey attraction. Allison's own journey to personal freedom had so many layers, and I loved how the romantic storyline played a role in deepening her walk with God. Kudos to Beth Vogt for writing an absolute winner! I hope she has many more stories in her because I'll be lining up to read them. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2012
From the moment Runaway Bride Allison Denman escapes her oh-so-carefully-planned life for a chance to live to the fullest, I couldn’t put this book down.
The characters are people I’d like to know. And pets, who knew llamas could be so funny? Plus, the plot kept me guessing. With laugh-out-loud moments and ones that tugged my heartstrings, this debut novel by Beth Vogt is definitely one for my keeper shelf. This book is beautifully written, and I’ve already purchased additional copies to share with friends.
Can kissing the wrong guy lead to happily ever after? You'll have to read Wish You Were Here to find out—but you'll be glad you did!
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Posted May 2, 2012
It's been a long time since I've read a book that I've enjoyed so much. Beth Vogt grabbed me right away and transported me into a story I cared about with real people I wanted to call my friends. Beth understands her readers. Her hero is wonderfully flawed and heroic just like a hero should be. Her heroine has real problems and she deals with them in real ways. I loved the message of this book. Beth Vogt may be a new novelist, but she writes like a seasoned pro. This is one adventure you'll want to take. Go ahead, get the book. You need a good adventure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2012
Beth K. Vogt’s writing is so visual and immediate that I felt like I was watching a classic romantic comedy as I read Wish You Were Here.
It’s easy to like heroine Allison Denman despite, or because of, her disastrous faux pas at the beginning of the novel. Engaged to the perfect man, Allison finds herself kissing his brother, Daniel, five days before the wedding! As her carefully planned life unravels, we catch glimpses of the secrets Allison hides as well as the longing for adventure she’s stifled.
Daniel is all about adventure, but his on-the-go lifestyle as well as friction with his family has made romantic relationships difficult. Vogt does an incredible job of revealing tidbits of Daniel’s character through his postcards to Allison as well as their interactions. With his mismatched eyes, cargo pants and backpack, and easy-going attitude, Daniel practically hollers, “Come have fun with me.” Readers will be cheering Allison with “You go girl” by the end of this delightful novel.
Posted May 1, 2012
With realistic, quirky characters and plenty of obstacles, Wish You Were Here is both tension-tight and romance-light, a faith-inspiring romance that both entertains and makes you think.
The lives of Allison, Seth and Daniel intersect in a romantic triangle as each with their own conflicting desires and goals face the outcome of their misguided decisions. All three characters show us their inner struggles in a way that makes us root for each one in spite of their flaws—not easy for a novelist to do.
The story raises some good questions. One point that stood out to me was how sometimes we can assume a tough challenge before us is automatically a challenge we are meant to face. Aunt Rita’s question to Allison: Is the hardest thing always the right thing? makes me think of times we doubt the validity of our fears or true feelings. Maybe we, like Allison, have assumed a hard path was the “right” path simply because it was a challenge.
Another question this story asks: how long would you work to keep from rocking the boat before you have the guts to ask God if you’ve been in the wrong boat all along? What if the courage you’ve been mustering up to do the “right thing” isn’t courage at all, but fear of the unknown?
Allison is an interesting character who has learned to control the manageable because deep down, she is afraid to take real control of her life and discover the destiny she was meant for. She shows us what might happen when we take control instead of seeking God’s plan for us and the strength he gives us to fulfill it.
I love how this story encourages us to find out who we are meant to be, even if it means finding the courage to be honest with ourselves.
Wish You Were Here is a lovely and provocative blend of humor, dilemma, and romance that will keep you reading through to a very rewarding ending.
Posted May 1, 2012
An innocent night of Chinese takeout ends with Allison kissing her fiancé's brother just five days before her wedding, sending Allison's well planned, well controlled life spinning seemingly out of control.
When I received my advanced copy of Beth Vogt's debut fiction novel, I was working on a to-do list as long as my arm, including college finals. With absolutely NO time for pleasure reading, I set the book aside. One night as I settled into bed, I saw the book on my nightstand and thought I'd read just a couple pages before switching off the light.
Four hours later, I was half way through the book. I would've stayed up all night reading it if I could've kept my eyes open one more minute! The next day I couldn't study until I'd finished the book because the story was so compelling. My thoughts kept drifting to Allison, Daniel, and Seth.
It's a wonderful twist on the old love triangle: a runaway bride, two brothers vying for the love of the same woman, and llamas. In my opinion, this is masterful storytelling. I went from laughing, to crying, to holding my breath, and then back to laughing. In addition, the author tackles some tough issues with tenderness and honesty, and reminds readers God really does have a plan for our lives.
I highly recommend this novel--it's so good I risked failing a college final to finish it!!
(Disclosure: I was given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher and asked to share my honest opinion with others. My review reflects my genuine personal opinion of this book.)