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The Wishing Tree: A Novel (A Sunset Beach Novel Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Marybeth Whalen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Savvy, determined Ivy Marshall discovers that her husband has cheated on her on the very same day her sister’s perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to return to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her broken heart.


When her return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, brings Ivy face to face with her former fiancé, old feelings are rekindled and she wonders if there is a future for them. However, when Ivy refuses to talk to her husband, he resorts to tweeting to her, expressing his remorse and making it clear he doesn’t want to give up on their marriage. As she helps prepare the wishing tree for her sister’s wedding, she must examine her dreams for her own future and what true love should be.


“A lovely journey of discovery and forgiveness.” —Sheila Roberts, best-selling author of What She Wants


“Marybeth Whalen writes with a light hand, skillfully blending issues of faith and the realities of modern life into a compelling and believable read.” —Marie Bostwick, New York Times best-selling author of Between Heaven and Texas



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About the Author

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. She is the cofounder of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth is the author of The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, The Guest Book, and The Wishing Tree. Marybeth and her family live in North Carolina. Visit her website at www.marybethwhalen.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3552 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310334888
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9UMLEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Southern Story July 8, 2013
Format:Paperback
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful book by Marybeth Whalen June 4, 2013
By bp
Format:Paperback
I was thrilled to receive The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen before we left on our camping trip.

I have reviewed her other books and have enjoyed them all.

Ivy Marshall discovers her husband has cheated on her. She goes home to Sunset Beach to escape her problems. It works out conveniently for her to be home and help with her sister's wedding plans although she does not want her family to know the truth of her marriage. And she does not really want to be with her family either after running away to get married years ago. She is put in charge of making a wishing tree. This is a family tradition at weddings where guests send cards of wishes for the couple and the cards are attached to the tree as a decoration. While working on this tree she has to face her own reality and consider what she has and what she wants in life.

This is another wonderful one that I recommend to you. It is a book about relationships, friendship, restoration, marriage, and family. It would make a great book to add to your summer reading list.

I received this book in the mail by signing up as an influencer with the author. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I found The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen to be a great read. We all need reminder of the true meaning of forgiveness. After finding out that her husband has cheated on her, Ivy goes through the movements and process of learning to forgive and move forward. I story line moved along nicely and the characters are easy to like. Great romantic Christian book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun beach read! August 1, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was one of the featured summer reads listed on She Reads, which led me to choose to read it on my recent vacation to Bermuda. The author, Marybeth Whalen is also the co-directior of She Reads. I downloaded it and a few others and off I went, thinking that with 4 days and 5 night, I was going to get in lots of reading! Instead, I spent more time having fun, swimming and sunning, relaxing and reconnecting with my husband. This was the only book I finished-and I read it all within a 24 hour period. That being said, I think this is a great summer read. It tells the story of Ivy, who, going through a very difficult time in 5 year marriage, decides to return home to Sunset Beach, to help her estranged mother and sister plan the sister's wedding. While there, she begins to question her choice to marry her husband Elliot, rather than her childhood sweetheart (and jilted ex-fiance) Michael. This story showed very well the seldom spoken of dark side of young marriage-that it requires a constant amount of attention and work or it will wither and die like a delicate plant. Actually, I think it requires work no matter how long you have been married (hence the reading of only one book on vacation). I thought this book was very well written. If you are looking for an easy summer read, I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just ok November 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
this book was ok. there was not enough charachter development. not very much romance. it was very predictable. just not much there. slow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PG Lifetime Movie July 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book and especially liked the occasional biblical reference. I appreciated reading a love story that didn't get raunchy. The story is great for anyone who reached a breaking point in their marriage and proves it is possible to heal when you forgive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fair read June 30, 2013
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The Wishing Tree was a good overall story but i rated it fair because it was a slow and often predictable read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great Story!
This had a really good story. A young married couple facing the trials and pitfalls of marriage. The relationships which had been put on hold. Some one needed to be forgiven. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CiCi J
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story!
such a sweet ending. I spent a good portion of the book frustrated with ivy, but I loved the ending.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming.
This was a very good inspirational story. Fast read.
Published 4 months ago by michelle humston
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really good read...enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and how the author gently handled the difficult topic of marital infidelity. I appreciated her tender but real touch.
Published 5 months ago by dee
3.0 out of 5 stars Wishing for a good summer read?
A good summer read ... not too complicated, just right for the beach.
Published 5 months ago by mamasophie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 5 months ago by bev bieber
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Read
Just a nice book to read, makes you feel good plus gives you some things to remember about life and relationships.
Published 6 months ago by C. Scrivner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Whalen writes about the expectations and realities of marriage. I enjoyed the novel and will look for other titles by her.
Published 6 months ago by Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars The wishing tree
Bland. Wife leaves husband to contemplate his being unfaithful. Toys with the affections of other men. Obviously not really interested in working on her marriage.
Published 7 months ago by R. McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wishing Tree
A very good story of a family divided by divorce and betray and how they find their way back to being a family again.
Published 7 months ago by Victoria
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More About the Author

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is the author of the novels "The Mailbox," "She Makes It Look Easy," "The Guest Book" and "The Wishing Tree." She also serves as director of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She's always at work on her next novel. You can find her online at www.marybethwhalen.com.

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