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A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler November 16, 2011

Summary:After returning home from teaching in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother’s clothing boutique near Washington, D.C. When she receives an invitation to her friend’s wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she’s excited to reconnect with her college pals.

But the wedding turns out quite dfferently than Sam expects. A chance encounter leadsĀ  to a reunion with Carson Brylie, a fellow teacher and the man who once broke her heart, and Lien, a young Amerasian girl who desperately needs Sam and Carson’s help.

But working with Carson might put Sam’s tender heart at risk once again. Is she willing to forgive the past and take another chance on love?

Author Bio:Alice was born in Osaka, Japan in the sixties. Her parents were Presbyterian career missionaries. As a young child, Alice loved to walk down to the local stationer’s store to buy notebooks, pencils and scented erasers. In her room, she created stories. The desire to be a published famous author has never left her. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. She’s the author of Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation (all published by Bethany House).

 

Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

She has four children–Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel’s House Publications in her son’s memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.

 

My Review:This book was kind of interesting. I liked the storyline, but I think the title didn’t really go along too much with it. Yes Sam received an invitation to a wedding and yes she went to the wedding, but all of that occurred in the very beginning of the book and after what happened, which wasn’t really very eventful, the wedding really had nothing to do with the story. Sam worked in the Philippines as a teacher and had her heart broken by Carson. Unfortunately, Sam never quite got over it. She ends up seeing Carson later after being back in the United States and she finds it difficult to be around him. The rest of the story really is about these two, but it seems rather slow moving. Don’t get me wrong, I did like these two characters and the background story between them, but it just didn’t seem to flow smoothly. I did like the book, but I can’t say that it was one of my favorites.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

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Hatteras Girl by Alice J. Wisler November 21, 2010

Summary:Jackie Donovan prays for two things: an honest, wonderful man to marry and to own a bed-and-breakfast on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the meantime, she works for Lighthouse Views, writing articles about local business owners, and interepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning but oh-so-clueless relatives.

There’s one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: The Bailey House, a fabulous old home located right next to the ocean, a place where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons. But the Bailey House has strange stories and secrets surrounding it-not to mention its outrageous price tag.

When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey property, she believes God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis’ past, she begins to wonder if her heart has lead her astray. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

Author Bio: Alice J. Wisler was born and raised in Japan as a missionary kid. After graduating high school, she got her BS in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. She’s enjoyed staying at a number of bed and breakfasts in the South, in Japan, and in England, and would secretly like to run one if it just wasn’t so much work. The Outer Banks is one of her favorite vacation destinations. Currently, she lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Carl, and three children, Rachel, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. In memory of her son Daniel, she gives online grief-writing courses, designs remembrance cards, and speaks across the country on Writing the Heartache. To find out more visit her Web site at www.alicewisler.com.

My Review: I decided to review this book because my family has been talking about going to Hatteras Island for a vacation. My husband used to go there when he was younger and wanted us to take a vacation there. It was fun to read about the area. As for the book itself, I really enjoyed the characters. Jackie was completely torn on her decisions regarding a relationship, but knew without a doubt that she wanted to own the Bailey House with no clear vision of how to make that a reality. When she sees the perfect opportunity that also includes an oh-so-good-looking guy she wants to jump on it. However, things begin to happen that make her second guess her decision. The way things come together in the end wraps things up in a way that leaves me feeling completely satisfied with the resolution. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy a nice relaxing read with elements of mystery and romance that keep you wanting for more. In short, this was a great book that I really did enjoy.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. IĀ HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.