Monday, October 24, 2011

A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler

3.5 out of 5 stars
Samantha Bravencourt loves helping her mother at the clothing boutique shop. Though she used to teach at a refugee camp in the Philippines, she knows how much her mother needs her. When She receives a wedding invitation to her old college pal's wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she's thrilled to be able to watch her get married. 
      The wedding isn't exactly what Sam expected . . .and somehow leads to a chance encounter with Carson Brylie, the man who once broke her heart, and the man who suddenly seems persistent on reconnecting with her. She'd love to just move on, but a young woman from her past also needs her help. . .and that requires that she and Carson work together. Can she forgive Carson and somehow experience the love she longed for so long ago? 

I think I need to start this review by saying that I don't normally read chick-lit. While I'm at the prime age when this genre should appeal to me, it just doesn't seem to. With that said, I gushed over the premise of A Wedding Invitation. The very idea is absolutely genius!

Besides, what girl hasn't longed to come across that one guy who broke her heart years ago--and suddenly he wants to pursue her? 

The romantic tension sparked off the pages of this story. I found it stirring emotions deep inside of me--ones that dealt with the same heart-break Samantha experienced. It's amazing how much I related to her current situation. I had to ask myself, "What if that one person came back in my life? How would I handle it?" 

I enjoyed learning about the refugee camps and the work that goes on inside of them. I found that portion in the story very enlightening. 

One thing I found a bit confusing in this novel is the very beginning. We open with the story in 1993. At first, I thought it must be a flashback. It wasn't. The story actually takes place in 1993, while the flashbacks go back to 1985. 

I found the timing a bit to my disliking (kind of felt like a long time ago). Of course, these days, with social sites like Facebook and Twitter, a modern setting could have made the premise of the story absolutely impossible, so I can understand why the author chose use 1993 as the setting.

I felt like the ending came across as a little rushed, but then again, this genre isn't my strong suit, so this may be quite typical in chick-lit. 

Chick-lit lovers will devour this story. I definitely recommend A Wedding Invitation

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

About the Author 

Alice J. Wisler is an author, public speaker, advocate, and fundraiser. She has been a guest on several radio and TV programs to promote her self-published cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle. She graduated  from Eastern Mennonite University and has traveled the country in jobs that minister to people. Alice was raised in Japan and currently resides in Durham, North Carolina. Visit

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Available from Bethany House Publishers in eBook and print formats, October 2011. 


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A Wedding Invitation

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