Title: A Wedding Invitation
Author: Alice J. Wisler
2011, Bethany House
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
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 differently than Sam expects. A chance encounter leads 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?
This is a nice, sweet story. Nothing really outstanding about it, but not bad either. It was fairly predicable. I read another book (Hatteras Girl) by this author about a year ago and seemed to like it too. =)
The current setting is the 1990s. Samantha works for her mom in Washington, D.C., but goes to NC to visit friends and that also happens to be where her aunt lives. There are numerous chapter flashbacks to the 1980s when Samantha worked in the Philippines with Carson at the refugee camp for people trying to get out of places like Vietnam. Apparently the author actually did this in real life, so it was kind of interesting learning about the camp and the process people went through to get to America.
As I said, the ending is fairly predicable and I won't go into details because that would just give it away faster. Samantha is someone who has had some bad experiences in life and love and has had a hard time getting past them.... is she able too?
If you like cute, clean and predicable reads... this could be for you. =)
Disclosure: The book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions in this post are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.