The Interview: Iâ€™m so excited to have Beth Vogt join me at Favorite Christian Books. Especially since this is the first book Iâ€™ve read of Bethâ€™s and thoroughly enjoyed it!
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Beth: I want to talk with Peter. He was such a man of extremes â€“ big faith, big doubts. And Jesus loved him just as he was. When I was going through a difficult time, it comforted me that God used someone as imperfect as Peter to tell others about his gift of reconciliation.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Beth: What was it like to walk on the water in the midst of that storm with Jesus holding on to your hand?
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Beth: I wanted to be a writer. A few years ago, I sat in a writers conference and listened to a speaker exhort us to pursue our dreams â€“ and I cried because I realized I was living mine.
FCB: In your book Daniel travels many places, are you traveler? If so, where was your favorite place to travel? If youâ€™ve not traveled a lot, where would be the ideal place for you to go?
Beth: I married a man who was in the Air Force, so yes, Iâ€™ve traveled. We lived in Turkey for two years when our first three children were toddlers â€“ that was the most unexpected place we ever traveled to. While there, we vacationed in Italy and got to visit Venice. One day, Iâ€™m going back! The postcards in Wish You Were Here? Many of them chronicle places Iâ€™ve lived or visited.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Beth: As a writer, I have great respect for reviewers and I believe that both readers and reviewers are entitled to their honest opinions about the books they read â€“ mine included. That said, I do believe you can be honest without being hurtful. The adage, â€œIf you canâ€™t say anything nice, donâ€™t say anything at allâ€ comes to mind. Maybe youâ€™re just not that authorâ€™s audience. I also think a good review warns readers if there are spoilers included. I like my readers to be surprised while theyâ€™re reading my novels, not while theyâ€™re reading a review about my books.
FCB: Thanks so much Beth! I agree no spoilers!
Review: Allison has everything a girl could want a great job doing what she loves without punching a time clock, and in just a few days sheâ€™s marrying her perfect man in a big beautiful wedding in the perfect dress. Well, everyone else thinks itâ€™s the perfect dress, Allison hates it. Then to make matters worse she ends up kissing the groomâ€™s brother, Daniel, just five days before the wedding.
This story gave me things to laugh at, to cry about, and to think on. The author did a great job of balancing the story to what real like can be like. Allison is a great character, in that she is like so many women who get swept with the current of expectations. Fortunately, Allison realizes before it is too late itâ€™s time to jump ship and stand on her own two feet.
The author touched on a couple of topics that I hadnâ€™t see before, but sorry I wonâ€™t share those here, it would be better for you to experience them yourself. The author also kept me guessing how how things would end. I saw a couple of different directions she could have gone and wasnâ€™t sure until the very end how the story would conclude. Which is really hard to do with romance so a definite bonus with this book.
The author did a nice job with the spiritual aspect. She highlighted Allisonâ€™s life decisions very true to real life. As women, it is too easy to forget our first love, Christ, and put other things ahead of Him. However, the Christian message is not so heavy that it scare anyone off.
For those of you who love romance, you should enjoy this one, if youâ€™re not a big romance fan this book still has a lot to offer, with a fun and interesting storyline a great characters to love and to hate.
To learn more about Beth K. Vogt visit her website.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Howard Books for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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