Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wish You Were Here - Giveaway!

UPDATE Monday, 5/21/12, 8:00 am WINNER

Here are your random numbers:
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Timestamp: 2012-05-21 13:07:18 UTC

Congrats to bp! Email me your address, Bethany, and I'll send the book your way.

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Wish You Were Here
Beth Vogt
(Howard Books)
ISBN: 978-1451659863
May 2012/336 pages/$14.99

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 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. And pulling a “Runaway Bride” complete with stealing, er, borrowing her best friend’s car doesn’t seem to solve her problems.

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Maybe she just needs to stop orchestrating everything. Allison prefers being the one in control, and giving it up is not going to be easy. But to find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her and find the strength to let Him lead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth K. Vogt believes happy endings aren’t limited to novels.

She provides her readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace. Married to her husband Rob for 31 years, as the mom of three adult children and one 10-year-old, Beth embraces her less-than-perfect life. Her degree in journalism helped establish her as a nonfiction writer.

Beth was the editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International, for four years and continues to be a consulting editor, as well as a bimonthly columnist for MOMSnext, their ezine for moms of school-age children. After focusing on magazine writing and her book Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35 (thanks to a surprise pregnancy at 41), Beth turned a season of burnout into her debut novel, Wish You Were Here. Learn more at here website

MY THOUGHTS:
This is a delightful book, and I am amazed that it is a debut novel! Before reading it, I wasn't sure how I would feel about the "kissing the groom's brother" incident because I didn't want the book to make light of the engagement but it was actually unintentional and quite entertaining! Fortunately, it happened in time for Allison to avoid making a bigger mistake by marrying someone just because it seemed to be the obvious and "safe" thing to do. Calling off the wedding doesn't immediately illuminate her path in life, however, and I appreciate how Vogt guides Allison through a bit of personal turmoil and growth as she finds her footing once again. Drama and humor, exasperation and romance, faith and forgiveness fill this novel, providing plenty of entertainment as well as a clear (but not heavy-handed) message about trusting God and following Him. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Beth Vogt is definitely an author to watch.


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GIVEAWAY!
I have an additional copy of this book to give to one of you! To enter, leave a copy on this post by 8:00 pm CDT Sunday, 5/20/12, and I will randomly draw a winner. Be sure to leave an email address if you don't have a blog.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books & Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”










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11 comments:

bp said...

Sounds like a good one, I will have to watch for this author.

Bethany

pwnmom said...

Sounds good!! My mom almost accidentally leaned into (like you would your spouse) my uncle. He came up behind her and she thought it was my dad. I think she said something like, "Hi babe." and my uncle replied. My mom was mortified!!

atthegrand said...

How exciting...a debut novel!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

had a great evening with beth on the debutantes debut tonite - she's lovely! and the book sounds delish! TY for the giveaway generosity :)

ps- loved the mocha!

Cathy said...

This book sounds like it would be right up my alley. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.

Pam K. said...

This sounds like it would be a fun book to read, perfect for summer reading. I'd love to win a copy. Thanks.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Beth K. Vogt said...

Linda, thank you for participating in the blog tour and for posting a review of Wish You Were Here!

Kara said...

Hi Linda, great review!
I would love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the giveaway :)
Blessings, Kara
wman4jcATaolDOTcom

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marti said...

Sounds like another book that I would enjoy.

Merry said...

I love change of plans stories, this sounds really fun and touching.
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