Wish You Were Here

Title:  Wish You Were Here
Author:  Beth K. Vogt
Year:  2012
Pages:  336
Publisher:  Howard Books
Note:  I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter @lcjohnson1988

                One girl, Allison, has a past that is painful for her to face so she tries to cope with it by having her life extremely neat and well-ordered.  In a couple of days, she will marry Seth.  Her future brother in-law comes over to help pack her stuff in preparation for her to move.  This seems harmless enough, but is it?  Daniel is the best man and brother of the groom; he is opposite his brother in so many ways.  Daniel and Seth’s father is owner of a construction company with only one brother working there who is considered the favorite son, while the other son is rejected by his father.
                The day of the wedding dawns; Allison is supposed to be happy, but she isn’t.  Her confidence has been shaken to the core of her being.  Her stepfather is walking her up the aisle.  At the last minute, Allison turns around and runs out, grabbing her best friend’s car.  While driving around, Allison is trying to figure out what she is going to do now, and why didn’t she get married?  No matter who calls her or texts her, she refuses to respond.  Finally, she realizes the day is getting late and she goes to the cabin so no one can find her.
                Allison’s life is smashed to pieces just like her heart.  She can’t face Seth.  What would she tell him?  Daniel wishes his brother would quit nagging him about Allison, and Megan wants Seth to quit sending flowers.  All Allison wants to do is figure things out for herself, with no one telling her what to do.  When Megan tells her friend to listen to God, Allison begins a journey of rediscovering her faith as well as learning to trust in God. 
                There is so much more to the story for sure, but if I tell you what would make you want to read the book?  This novel is wonderful.  It seems more realistic when people need time to think, pray, and wait for God’s direction.  Beth Vogt does a wonderful job showing that we all need time to heal, learn to listen to God, and wait on Him.  This work of fiction does a great job showing how opposite personalities within a family can learn to appreciate and learn from each other instead of being at odds all the time.  You will enjoy this novel for its authenticity as well as its action.
My rating for this novel is definitely 4.5 stars.
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