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Wish You Were Here: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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)
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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.
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.Read more ›
Within mere pages (!) her characters seemed like real people to me. That is a wonderful ability for an author to have, to be able to flesh their characters out so well that they seem like real people.
Allison Denman has dated Seth Raynor for 6 years and one week before her wedding, kisses his older brother Daniel. What? What is that all about? Allison has always wanted a happy ever after, but now she has doubts that marrying Seth will qualify for that happily ever after status.
Allison has some painful episodes in her past and now she is used to controlling every aspect of her life. Can she find it within her to surrender that control to God? Can she really believe God wants the best for her? Sometimes we as Christians must step outside our comfort zone, only to find that God has a much better definition of comfort than we do.
If you miss this book, you are missing a wonderful time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did a lot of scan-reading in this book. I did not really like the characters or their relationship dynamics but I wanted to see how the story turned out, so I finished reading... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia B.
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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by reviewsbyerin
Pure fun with a great message! I can't believe it took me so long to start reading one of Beth K Vogt's books! Once I started "Wish You Were Here", I could not stop! Read morePublished 21 months ago by NorthernBookLover
Absolutely loved this book! This is the 3rd book I have read by Ms. Vogt, and not only is it my favorite one by her, but it is one of my all time favorite books! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cinderellaleah
Loved, loved, loved this story. The importance of knowing who you are and who your spouse is are important themes in this book. Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by Wilani Wahl
Haphazard way to fall in and out of love. Never quite sure what would happen next.
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So good! Five stars means I'll be reading this one again. Definitely a must read if you love a clean romance novel.Published on May 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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!Published on May 17, 2014 by pentip