Book Review for ONLY EVER HER by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
ONLY EVER HER by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Lake Union Publishing
☕ ☕ ☕ + 1/2
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A snapshot of the life of those in a small town desperate to make up for the past and trying to save the future from repeating itself.
ONLY EVER HER is, at its core, a story about people and their actions. There is love, pain, suffering, regret, and secrets. Whalen gives a glimpse into the lives of her characters through their thoughts and perspectives, leaving the reader to piece together the missing parts of the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a bride-to-be.
As I was reading this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how authentic the men and women I met within these pages were. Not one of them was a stereotype of what a small town so-and-so should be. The author manages to weave together the best and worst of humanity seamlessly. By centering the story around a missing woman whose mother was murdered when she was three, grounds the characters and makes them feel real. It is Annie who sparks the growth, contemplation, and the eventual exposing of secrets.
With a fast-pace and compelling tale, this book is a quick read. For those who are looking to dive into something with a heart and a little grit, this is a book for you.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts? Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?
While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.
About the Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of When We Were Worthy, The Things We Wish Were True, and five previous novels. She speaks to women’s groups around the United States and is the cofounder of the popular women’s fiction site She Reads (www.shereads.org). Marybeth and her husband, Curt, have been married for twenty-seven years and are the parents of six children. Marybeth divides her time between the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the coastline of Sunset Beach, North Carolina. You can find her at www.marybethwhalen.com.
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 7, 2019)
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