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“I was swept away to the splendor of the Rockies in Wish You Were Here, a lovely debut by Beth K. Vogt. This perfectly paced love triangle has endearing characters and plot twists that kept me turning the pages deep into the night. I loved it!” —Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Broken Wings (Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Broken Wings)

“Beth Vogt's Wish You Were Here is a heartwarming story of reconciliation and second chances. Her characters charmed me from the first page and had me tearing up by the end of the novel. Beth weaves in spiritual truth that massages the soul while sprinkling in LOL moments to tickle the funny bone. Definitely one for the keeper shelf.” —Lisa Jordan, Author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family (Lisa Jordan, Author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family)

“Beth K. Vogt creates character, paints personality, and defines drama within a romantic comedy that sparkles with fun. Wish You Were Here will tickle your fancy from the first misplaced kiss to the kiss that lands exactly on the right spot in the end. This could only be the first book of many to come from a sensitive and talented new fiction author.” —Donita K. Paul, bestselling author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles (Donita K. Paul, bestselling author of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles)

“Vogt’s writing shines in this contemporary take on a timeless theme. She excels in portraying vibrant characters who grapple with vital questions. Wish You Were Here provides a postcard-perfect glimpse of the courage it takes to really be who you are.” —Siri Mitchell, author of The Cubicle Next Door and She Walks in Beauty (Siri Mitchell, author of The Cubicle Next Door and She Walks in Beauty)

“Beth Vogt is a sparkling, new talent whose Wish you Were Here brims with life, fun, and depth. Allison has acquired the wrong wedding dress, but worse yet, she may have grabbed the wrong groom. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It's always refreshing to find a new voice in Christian fiction that shines!” —Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants (Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants)

"Beth Vogt hits a home run with her debut novel, Wish You Were Here. Quirky, snappy, and sweet, it's a story of finding true love that will leave you sighing and smiling." —Rachel Hauck, bestselling and award-winning author of The Wedding Dress (Rachel Hauck, bestselling and award-winning author of The Wedding Dress)

“One kiss can change everything! Wish You Were Here takes the reader on an emotional journey with Allison Denman as she struggles to find her place in this world. Allison comes to grips with the truth that playing it safe is not the same as living to the fullest—a good lesson for all of us. Beautifully written, Wish You Were Here is a lovely debut novel by Beth K. Vogt that illustrates the plans we make may not be God’s choice for us. A fun and satisfying read!” —Megan DiMaria, author of Searching for Spice (Megan DiMaria, author of Searching for Spice)

“What a delightful story! From the first line to the last page Beth captivated me with her voice and this charming, funny yet poignant story about letting go of your life and finding the love that's been waiting all along. A fabulous first novel . . . I can't wait for the next by this talented new author!” —Susan May Warren, Rita Award-winning, bestselling author of The Shadow of your Smile (Susan May Warren, Rita Award-winning, bestselling author of The Shadow of your Smile)

"Even though there are some snowy Colorado mountain scenes, this fun novel has 'beach read' written all over it. . . . With equal parts drama and comedy, Beth Vogt's debut romance is as heart-tugging as it is funny and it keeps the reader guessing as to what Allison's Happy Ever After will look like up until the very last scene." —USA Today (USA Today)

About the Author

Beth K Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an air force physician who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth makes her home in Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451659865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451659863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction. She's the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she'd never marry a doctor--or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. Now Beth believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, is one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. Her e-novella, A November Bride, is part of Zondervan's A Year of Wedding Series. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there's more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who's taking them through the teen years again. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Hutson on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The debut novel by Beth K. Vogt, "Wish You Were Here," managed to do something most novels cannot do.

She managed to surprise me by her "non-traditional" storyline.

Vogt took a little bit of romance - you know, boy meets girl, boy and girl decide they are in love, boy and girl decide to marry - and then shakes things up a bit, by having girl have second thoughts, because of the boy's older brother.

Sounds trashy. But honestly, it's not. In all honesty, Vogt has created a novel that showcases the heroine's need for control and the perils of doing things because it's what is "expected."

This novel is different. It's not necessarily a "happy sappy" romance. It is however, a novel that will catch you off guard and maybe even make you think about a few different things in life.

On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid three and a half. It's a solid work by a non-fiction author turned novelist. I'm excited to see what might come from her pen next.

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
You would think Allison Denman would be happy on her wedding day, but she isn't, she even hates the wedding dress she has on. Just five days before the wedding she had kissed her soon-to-be brother-in-law, Daniel. And before her wedding day could start, she leaves her no-to-be groom waiting at the alter. Kissing David had been her wake up call. She always wanted to be married, but not to be married just for the sake of it.

Allison is a Christian and she wants to be true to her faith. She believes God has a plan for her and it may just be out of her normal comfort zone.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this contemporary runaway bride tale with all of its quirky characters and upbeat dialogue. The runaway bride Allison is a likeable character with everyday problems, including possible falling for her ex-brother-in-law-to-be Daniel. There is even a cute little cat in it named Bisquick. The author Beth K. Vogt did a superior job crafting a modern romantic novel while ignoring all the typical clichés of romance books. I recommend the book to all romance readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delores Liesner on October 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Though obvious that things are amiss from the beginning, the reader wonders if Allison Denman will do the right thing and confront the groom or cancel the wedding. Her choice to bolt at the last second, makes more and more sense as she struggles to hide her less than perfect past. Her inner thoughts and actions about her secret are what made her real to me, and her actions understandable. We all have secrets that we assume are hidden, but like Allison, many things we say and do (or don't do) peel back the pages of our past, revealing more than we realize.

The bulletin board of postcards from the groom's brother, chronicle his travels, and even more so, reveal Allison's emotions as she re-reads them, and can't bear to dispose of them when packing for her marriage. I especially appreciated the heroine's desire to not blame her behavior on Seth, the controlling groom, and the personal revelations Seth shares with older brother Daniel when they finally reconcile. It made the villian just another needy and misled human.

The characters were real: sometimes confused, sometimes conflicting, sometimes angry and sometimes tenderly honest and revealing. Daniel, of course, is outwardly self-confident, handsome and relaxed with who he is, much of it because he charmingly pulls back the curtains on the male personna, sharing his frustration with women, one in particular, and exposing his struggling faith-walk.

Multiple betrayals, family and personal secrets, and a host of potentially broken hearts get resolved, but not before a lot of angst, emotional outbursts, painful revelations and even a nasty brotherly fight.

My favorite character was Aunt Nita who ended up with a romance of her own. Very enjoyable with gently disbursed teachable moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V&W on May 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This isn't my favorite genre but I chose the book because I like the author's blog.

My favorite things about the book: the main character did so many perfectly normal things in such a perfectly normal way, and that made me believe she really was doing them and made me want to do them too. Like shopping at the outlets, eating at Panera Bread, going for coffee/tea at Starbucks, making sushi.

Maybe this is connected to the above, but it also felt like the author was describing places that really exist, where's she'd actually been, and I like that.

The humor was good. I still have a vision of Alli driving that Mini Cooper barefoot, with her massive wedding dress billowing around her thighs.

That all said, there were way too many coincidental meetings in this book, too many injuries, and too much made over one kiss, kiss, kiss.

An easy read, a book for those who love Christian romance.
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By reviewsbyerin on June 17, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Allison Denman is about to reach happily ever after. Her wedding is just days away, and she's marrying the guy she's dated since high school. So why is she suddenly full of doubts that this is the right thing to do?

Beth K. Vogt brings us a quirky and interesting runaway bride story, as Allison's uncertainties override her longing for security, and she skips town while leaving her groom at the altar. Unable to unbutton the back of her dress, she's stuck in the silk and lace monstrosity - which wasn't what she wanted in the first place - until she can buy new clothes and find a helpful stranger to assist her. She doesn't want to go back to her apartment or answer the calls and texts from family and friends; she just wants to hide out and sort through her muddled emotions.

Fiance Seth is determined to win Allison back. So maybe he was too pushy getting the wedding he wanted instead of the quiet setting that Allison desired, but he's known her for so long that he believes he knows what is best.

Meanwhile Seth's brother Daniel is trying to push away the guilt that he feels for having kissed Allison five days before the doomed wedding. He's slowly fallen for her while sending her dozens of postcards from his adventures over the years. Allison deserves stability and his job requires him to travel all over the world - but he meant every word of those Wish You Were Here cards.

I enjoyed this contemporary romance. The themes were thought-provoking and while this could have been a very predictable story, it never stopped surprising me by going deeper at every turn. Allison's past struggle with cutting herself and current temptation to relieve her stress by going back to self-harm was something that I have never personally seen addressed in Christian fiction, and I thought it was masterfully handled. I look forward to reading more books by this author!
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