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“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
- Publisher : Howard Books; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451659865
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451659863
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,264,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At a writing meeting I attended, a guest author and Brainstorm/Huddle Coach, spoke highly of WISH YOU WERE HERE. So much so, when I returned home I went online and purchased a copy. She spoke of the brilliant way she structured the story and the plot, despite the fact she didn’t care for the ending.
There was nothing fairy tale about Allison Denman’s walk down the aisle. In fact, you might say it was downright disastrous. Kissing her future husbands brother days before their wedding was neither in her plans nor a good idea. Seth Rayner is all Allison has ever known. Yet it is his brother Daniel that has her dreaming things she never imagined before.
Aside from MS VOGT being a wonderful writer, accurately incorporating every element needed to write a great story, I believe this has to be the first romance I’ve read that I was truly stumped at the outcome. For some time I thought I knew, then it became unclear, then it made sense, and in the end being something else...kind of. I take my hat off to MS VOGT for being able to pull off such an accomplishment.
I feel blessed to have read WISH YOU WERE HERE. As a writer, I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the story, and if there were anything I would change, perhaps it might be the ending. However, to be honest, I was okay with it.
Allison Denman quickly captured my heart. She's bright, witty, and wounded. She's also confused. Enter Daniel Rayner, her fiancé's brother, who kisses her days before her wedding, catapulting her from confusion to crisis. How can she marry his brother, Seth, when she enjoyed Daniel's kiss? But how can she hurt Seth, the well meaning albeit somewhat controlling guy she's been with since high school?
Watching Allison, Daniel, and Seth wrestle with their feelings in the aftermath of her mad dash out of the church in a detested wedding dress was an enjoyable experience. Although this is a romantic comedy, Vogt brought some tough issues into play, which added depth to the story. As Allison faces her feelings about faith, family, her former fiancé, Seth, and her longtime friend, Daniel, she discovers who she is--and finds peace in knowing whose she is and following His plan for her life. Only then is she able to embrace a future vastly different than the one she'd originally envisioned.
If you're looking for a romantic comedy that is not only fun but has substance and a faith element that isn't heavy-handed, I recommend Wish You Were Here. You'll laugh, because Allison is such a fun character. You might even get misty-eyed a time to two. And you'll certainly sigh, because Daniel is one fine specimen of manhood. I enjoyed Vogt's debut novel and look forward to her next book.
"Wish You Were Here" has got so much to love! A kiss within the first ten pages? Yes, please! Conflict, love triangles, just a *wee* bit of drama (because what romance wouldn't be good without it?), llamas, some LOL dialogue, but yet a depth to the characters that was well crafted. Awesome.
I love Allison Denman. You can read some much of this character in her actions and she wants her happily-ever-after so badly, but it seems life isn't going to give her one lying down.
Sigh. Daniel is an easy-on-the-eyes hero. He has a great heart, but don't let his outdoorsman exterior fool you. He's got his own share of problems. Only one being the fact that he kissed his brother's fiancée - five days before the wedding. Yeah. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes.
I loved the depth to the characters. I felt Allison was really well rounded and played wonderfully upon the page. Don't let the cute cover fool you, the novel has its moments of hilarity, but also some serious undertones that compliment it really well.
I'd love to see Allison and Daniel get their cameo part two. Maybe a short story, please?
An excellent new voice in Christian Fiction to watch, this novel does its genre proud!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher and author for my copy to review/influence.
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Wish You Were Here was no exception. It was worth the money and worth the time. WOW! - Been saying that alot lately.
This story took me on one unforgettable journey. And I can truly say without a doubt that I loved it. Vogt is an excellent writer. Her novel included so much fun, laugh out loud humour, invigorating romance and a smooth, well crafted story line.
The hero Daniel. Oh ladies, y'all really need fans this time, because I'm warning you, you might fall hard for this one! Daniel is the knight in the shining armor but still- human- and imperfect- kind of hero. He's relatable and I think that's what many romance fans like.
So is Allison (relatable). The lessons she learns as she fumbled her way through her mistakes spoke deeply to me and I believe it will also speak to you too.
SO good. There's even some interesting and creative twists added to this one... I won't give away any spoilers!
I more than highly recommend this book!