Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler Book Review

A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler is a story that the author was inspired by from an invitation she received when she moved into a new house for the previous owners.  Samantha Bravencourt is a single young woman who had spent time in the Philippines working at a refugee camp and is now working with her widowed mother at her boutique shop in Washington D.C.  She receives an invitation for a wedding in North Carolina from an old college pal.  She goes to the wedding and realizes that the invitation was not for her.  She feels mortified about her mistake and spends time with her aunt who lives in the same town.  During the weekend she meets people from the past that she knew in the Philippines.  Carson, a fellow teacher and someone she loved, asks her to help him reunite a mutual friend with her mother.  Samantha becomes involved, but does not want to relive her disappointment with Carson.  Can she help him without her heart being broken again?

This story had multiple stories that floated back and forth between past and present.  All the stories were interesting, but it was hard to keep track of the bouncing between decades.  I really like how this story was written in first person.  It really draws the reader to enter the character in a personal way.  I felt every emotion Samantha had, but it also did not allow me to figure out what Carson was thinking.  I wasn't too drawn to Lien, the young woman Carson and Samantha were trying to help.  But there were a lot of fun and colorful characters and there are some great recipes in the back.  I really enjoy Alice's story and it's a fun read for a quiet afternoon.

*This product was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

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Margie said...

Sounds interesting! I enjoy stories that intermingle the past and present. But I agree, sometime it is hard to keep track of the timeline.
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rubynreba said...

The characters sound interesting. Books written in the first person are always interesting to read.

gail said...

sound interesting!

Beth said...

For whatever reason, contemporary set novels are so fun to me! I tend to gravitate toward historicals, but put this one on my to-read list because the story just sounds so cute.

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Katie said...

I'm from NC, so that definitely draws me to this book! Please enter me. :)

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