Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt

wishyouwerehereGenre: Romance
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: May 2012

In less than a week, Allison Denman will marry the man of her dreams — or is he? Seth is everything she imagined, but still something is missing. On the outside, everything looks perfect; on the inside, it’s very different. The dress is wrong. The whole wedding is wrong. When she kisses another man five days before the big event, Allison wonders if even the groom is wrong. Without a doubt, kissing her fiancé’s brother was a big mistake, but it leaves her reeling with doubts and questions that lead to her pulling a Julia Robert’s Runaway Bride stunt.

Daniel Rayner never meant to kiss his little brother’s bride-to-be. It was an accident that now makes ignoring his true feelings for her that much harder. When Allison runs from the church, Daniel is torn between doing right by his sibling and following his heart.

When I picked up Beth Vogt’s Wish You Were Here, I felt almost equal measures of excitement and worry. A novel where the main character kisses her fiancé’s brother holds the promise of intrigue as well as the risk of a story that goes awry. However, what I discovered was so much more than just a fun romance. The author tackled very difficult subjects as she delved into issues like pornography, self harm, and more. While topics like these could quickly drag a book over to the heavy side, a layer of humor throughout the whole novel kept the reading light.

I also enjoyed that, though it had a happily-ever-after for us “hopeful” romantics, the novel took romance even a step further. The author shows how we should find our worth and strength in God and fall in love with Him if we desire a truly satisfying and mutually beneficial relationship with our soul mate. The book is very clean and the author deals with some potentially uncomfortable and unpleasant subjects in a very appropriate manner. However, some of the themes might still be a bit too mature for a younger audience (older teens shouldn’t have a problem). I recommend Wish You Were Here to those who are looking for more than just a love story and to those who are willing to examine their own reasons and motivations as they enter the marriage covenant.

Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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