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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: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Novelist 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 (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. She's discovered that God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." Beth writes inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there's more to the happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their 10-year-old "caboose kiddo." She and her husband enjoy any time their adult children come by for game nights, BBQs or just to hang out.

Customer Reviews

I was hooked after the first few pages and found it hard to put the book down.
Heather Marsten
Beth Vogt did a great job setting up a romantic, comedy-filled, deep story with exceptional characters.
Jenilee Goodwin
The story has several surprises that kept me wanting to read more even after the end.
Stacy

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4 of 4 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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By Fitzysmom on May 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wish You Were Here is Beth Vogt's debut novel. It is definitely a book that you should not judge by its cover. Nor should you judge it by the back cover or the first few chapters. From those aspects I perceived that this was going to be a nice little romance.

In the beginning of the book there are several references to the movie Runaway Bride starring Julia Roberts. Does she leave her groom standing at the alter? Yes, but that is just the icebreaker in this complex story. There are some very serious subjects that are covered in this work. Beth delves into feelings of abandonment, cutting oneself to relieve anxiety, not feeling worthy and other subjects that are not usually included in a light romance.

I enjoyed the very real struggles that the characters went through. Life can be very messy and misunderstandings can cloud our perceptions. In this story we get to come alongside and see the struggles from both sides. For instance it is easy to not like Seth, but the author takes us deeper and helps us to see and understand that actions are many times a result of experiences.

If you are looking for a great read for a lazy spring afternoon take a chance and pick up Wish You Were Here. After reading it you will be eagerly anticipating Beth's next novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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By Wilani Wahl on July 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Loved, loved, loved this story. The importance of knowing who you are and who your spouse is are important themes in this book. Laced with some humor as three of the characters struggle to grasp who they are and who they love. It was wonderful to see the characters turn to God in a meaningful way. I just want to see how Allison enjoys her happily everafter. This is a wonderful book and well written. I will want to read more of her books in the future.
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By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Haphazard way to fall in and out of love. Never quite sure what would happen next.
Enjoyable Read
God bless u
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By Jill B. on May 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So good! Five stars means I'll be reading this one again. Definitely a must read if you love a clean romance novel.
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By pentip on May 17, 2014
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I enjoyed the twists and turns Beth created in this romance about a girl who almost married the wrong man! I hope she writes many more romances!
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Beth K. Vogt gets romance right. With so many excellent reviews of this book, I'll sum up and say this. I am thrilled to have another must-read romance author on my list. Her characters are rich and compelling, the story multi-faceted and real. I just wanted to keep reading!! Thanks, Beth!! And keep writing!
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