17 January 2013

Teresa Reviews Beth Vogt's "Wish You Were Here"



Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt
Howard Publishing, 2012
4.5 Stars****


In this fun tale of “nothing like waiting ’til the wedding to realize I don’t want to marry you” Beth K. Vogt takes us on an exciting, albeit sometimes, upsetting adventure in the life of Allison Denman.

Allison Denman for years has wanted nothing out of life but to feel she is worthy of love. As a small girl something happened to Allison that has had devastating and lasting effects on the way she sees herself. She just wants someone to love her and make her feel safe. So when in high school Allison meets Seth Rayner she thinks her dreams have come true. But is he exactly what Allison needs or is she missing what God really wants for her life? Allison convinces herself Seth is safe and safe is what she wants, so when Seth asks her to marry him, she says yes.

Since a young man Seth has always played by the rules, he never caused his parents any worries, he went to the college his father picked out and now he is in line to become the owner of the family business. But if Seth is so perfect why does Allison have all these doubts days before the wedding?

When Seth’s older brother, Daniel shows up at Allison’s door five days before the wedding to help her move, Allison thinks nothing of it. There’s nothing to be concerned about, Daniel is like her big brother too since she has known him just as long as she has known Seth. Just because he is so ruggedly handsome and lives an adventurous life and her heart does funny things when he is near, it doesn’t mean anything. When Daniel goes to leave after helping Allison, somehow he finds himself kissing her. What is he thinking? What is Allison thinking? What could possibly come of this? Nothing good if Seth finds out.

On the morning of their wedding Allison is trying so hard to be in a happy mood but somehow nothing is working. She has to go through with this, Seth has planned the perfect wedding she can't ruin it by not showing up. As Allison is walking down the aisle to marry Seth she is still torn by doing what is expected of her and what her heart feels is the right thing to do. Can she do this, can she marry Seth or does God have something much better in store for her life? 

Beth took a “runaway bride” story and added a lot of depth, it was what I expected and even more. Beth takes us through a lot of Allison’s emotions during this conflicting time in her life; she even has to deal with an issue she thought she had overcome as a teen. When I was given a copy of this book to read I honestly thought this would be a quick, quirky, fun read that I would blow through in a couple of days. Boy was I wrong! Thanks Beth! I can't wait to read more of your work!

You can find this terrific book by Beth at Amazon, CBD, Books A Million, and other stores.


Giveaway:  Leave a comment to win a giveaway of Beth's book! She may even autograph it!







47 comments:

  1. Our past can have the potential to have an enormous effect on the person that we are and the choices that we make! Good to hear Allison Denman realized her mistake just in time!! :)

    TERESA, this is such a terrific review of a what sounds like a fantastic story... all I can is, you've sold me on it! ;)

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    1. NOELA you are so right, even when we keep those things hidden inside they still tend to affect our lives.

      It really was an enjoyable read, so glad I sold you! :)

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  2. Really a wonderful review, TERESA! I will have to be sure and check BETH'S books out; I have heard so many good things about them!

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    1. DIANA thanks! I know you will enjoy them, I can't wait to read her latest.

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  3. I enjoyed the review. I have this book on my to read list and would love to win it.
    Thank you,
    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. KATIE thank you, I hope you get to read this, it was so enjoyable! :)

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  5. Thanks for the lovely review, Teresa!!! I am going to draw a second winner from Amanda's post. Poor dear is sick today. She didn't catch it from me!

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    1. Thanks CARRIE!! I know someone is going to be excited. :) So sorry BETH is sick today, I hope she feels better soon.

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  6. What a GREAT review, Teresa! Its been a while since I've read it and reading your review reminded me of why I loved this book so much :) It was one of my fave reads in 2012, not just because it's a great story but also because I was going through a difficult time when I read it and Allison felt like a friend while I read her journey. Thanks for the wonderful review, your comments reflected my own feelings about this book :) *this is not an entry*
    Hugs and blessings Teresa!

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    1. KARA! KARA!! KARA!! I just love you and your wonderful comments they are always so sweet and encouraging! I too greatly enjoyed Allison and appreciated her dilemma. And Beth did such a magnificent job blending humor with several serious subjects.

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  7. Thank you for the review -- I so appreciate how thorough you are.
    And I apologize for the delay in responding! I have to say this blog has an amazing group of readers and writers! Y'all are quite a community!

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    1. BETH I hope you are feeling better. Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into this good read. Yes we have a lot of beautiful people that visit with us, we are like one big happy family.

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  8. TERESA, love your review! Makes me want to read it. Good work!

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    1. MARIAN thank you my sweet girl. I know you will like this one.

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  9. This sounds like a great book and I have not yet read anything by Beth. Teresa, well written review. I have just added it to my to-read list and look forward to reading it either as a winner or from my library.

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    1. LORAINE thank you so much. I hope you do get to read one of BETH's books. :)

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  10. Another winning review, Teresa! I loved this book :)

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    1. Why thank you dear ANNE. It was a very good read wasn't it? :)

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  11. this sounds like a great book but I haven't read any of Beth's Vogt. If I win this book it would be a great start

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    1. DEBBIE it sure would be a great start! We are giving away four copies so maybe you'll win one! :)

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  12. sounds like a good book. i haven't read Beth's before so she is new to me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. DIANA I know you will love Beth's work, not only is it entertaining it will touch your heart.

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  13. Sounds like a real good book, I love the cover. I haven't heard of this author before but again I just stared reading in April, never found time before. love the review.

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    1. MAGGIE I'm so glad you found the time to read, it's one of my favorite pastimes. I hope you get to read BETH's book, it's a great place to start!

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  14. Beth, I am so sorry that you're sick. Hope you a speedy recovery. Thanks Teresa for this great review. Interesting book, sounds like it. I haven't read one of Beth's books yet. Maybe can win this one. Hello to the rest of you. Stay well. Love you all. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Hello MAXIE! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement to BETH. I also hope tomorrow finds her feeling much better.
      I hope you stay well also, I think most of us have had our share of sickness already so I hope we'll stay well the rest of the winter. :)

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  15. Would love to read "Wish You Were Here" it looks great. At the moment my household is recovering from it's 3rd round of sickness since just before Christmas and I am "Wishing I Were Anywhere BUT Here" LOL. Not really. Just totally sick and tired of being sick and tired. On a better note, the weather was beautiful today. We even had the windows open :D

    Enter me in the drawing pretty please :D

    winterrose (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. LOUISE you poor dear! All four of us (hubby, two sons and me) were sick at one time back in December. It lasted me for almost three weeks. YUCKY STUFF!! I pray that healing will come to your house. It sounds like you need a good book to take you away to some other place! LOL Maybe you will be one of our lucky winners! Thanks for coming by. :)

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  16. I would love to read WISH YOU WERE HERE thank you.

    A wonderful review.

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    1. MARY thank you and I hope you get to read Beth's book, it will be well worth your time.

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  17. Oh, this sounds SO GOOD. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. KRIS this is a fun read and it also touches on some serious things also. I know you will love it.

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  19. This sounds like a good book thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Hi APPLE BLOSSOM, yes it's a great book!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  20. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. DIANA you are welcome, thanks for stopping by. I know you will love Beth's book. :)

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  21. I'm already wondering what is going to happen to Allison! Would love to win the book and find out=)

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY there is a lot our dear Allison has to go through but I don't want to spoil the ending. :)

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  22. What a beautiful cover on this book.

    I met Beth briefly in Dallas this fall and was so impressed with her warmth and kindness. Online she's been encouraging and sweet.

    I don't know why I haven't read her book yet.

    Please add my name to the contest. Thanks.
    Jackie
    joyfuljel(at)gmail((dot))com

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    1. JACKIE that's exciting you got to meet Beth. I've only talked to her on here and she does seem very sweet. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

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  23. Beth V. is a never-before-read author for me. I would love to be entered to win a copy of her book!

    Thanks for the chance :)

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. BETH consider yourself entered! Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. I would love to win this! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. VERONICA you never know you just might win that last copy! :)

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  26. I would love to win a copy of this book!
    The bride on the cover looks like she is running away from the groom and not with him.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet Estridge
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Please enter me too! (If I'm not too late, I hope!)

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