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A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler
Bethany House Publishers, 01 October 2011


After returning home from teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother’s clothing boutique in Falls Church, Virginia. When she receives an invitation to a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she looks forward to reconnecting with her college friend. Instead her life collides with Carson, a fellow teacher and the man who broke her heart, and a young Amerasian refugee named Lien who needs Samantha and Carson’s help to find her mother before Lien’s own wedding. When the search for Lien’s mother reveals surprising secrets from the past, Samantha must reevaluate her own memories and decide whether to continue to play it safe or take a risk that could change her life.


I have to confess that before starting this book I was not in a reading frame of mind. I really didn’t want to read anything and I really didn’t know what to read. So I looked at my TBR list and saw A Wedding Invitation. The cover called to me, as it has done since the book came out. So I started it and I took it leisurely, which is rare for me. A week later I was finished and satisfied with a smile on my face.


This is a gentle book. It doesn’t go at a mile-a-minute and the readers really get to savour the gentle pace and slowly get to know Samantha, Carson and the rest of the quirky characters dotting this book. It was a great book to kick-start my reading again.


It’s 1992 and Samantha (great name by the way) is working at her mother’s boutique clothing store and trying to forget the past and the guy she left there. Unfortunately the past becomes apart of Samantha’s present and it and him won’t quite leave her alone.


For anyone wanting a gentle, lovely read where characters quietly stay with you and become your friends this is the book for you.


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