I’m delighted to feature today The Wishing Tree, the latest by Marybeth Whalen, self-proclaimed wife, mom, novelist, “and lots of other things.” I know Marybeth best as co-founder of one of my favorite blogs, SheReads.org. She, her husband, and their six children make their home in North Carolina.
About this book: Savvy, determined Ivy Marshall discovers that her husband has cheated on her on the very same day her sister’s perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to return to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her broken heart. When her return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, brings Ivy face to face with her former fiance, old feelings are rekindled and she wonders if there is a future for them. However, when Ivy refuses to talk to her husband, he resorts to tweeting to her, expressing his remorse and making it clear he doesn’t want to give up on their marriage. As she helps prepare the wishing tree for her sister’s wedding, she must examine her dreams for her own future and what true love should be.
Judge this book by its cover? I think it’s perfect.
Reminds me of…Susan Meissner
Buy or borrow? Buy if you’ve enjoyed either of Marybeth’s other novels, The Mailbox and The Guest Book.
Why did I read this book? For Zondervan for review.
Would I read another by this author? Yes.
My take: With The Wishing Tree, the third of her North Carolina coasty novels, Marybeth Whalen proves she’s found her niche.
In clear, easy prose, employing her trademark setting (Sunset Beach) and a gentle message of faith, Whalen weaves together a cast of sometimes eccentric characters held captive by their insecurities and mistakes. And then, bit by bit, she sets them free.
If you liked Whalen’s The Mailbox and The Guest Book…if you like sweet, simple romances set in an enticingly beachy locale… you’ll enjoy this latest offering from this consistent voice in inspirational fiction.
Thanks to Marybeth Whalen and Zondervan for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
In addition to writing about women’s fiction at SheReads.org, Marybeth blogs charmingly about life, family and other author-ly pursuits at marybethwhalen.blogspot.com. I recommend you stop by and say hi.