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Wish You Were Here

(Wish You Were Here #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  463 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Kissing the wrong guy days before her wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom's brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How
Paperback, 313 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Howard Books
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This was most definitely not the next book I planned to finish reading. I got the message that my library had bought the ebook per my request, and I downloaded it and just wanted to peek at a few pages. Next thing I knew, I was being teased by a coworker for "texting and walking" and almost forgetting I was waiting for a take-out meal at the restaurant and (whispering) looking forward to stoplights.

For some reason these characters really clicked for me. And I loved the detail...Allison's favorit
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This novel had a strong start and finish. My interest rose and fell as I was reading. There were parts in the middle that didn't keep me as engaged in the story.

I've enjoyed other Beth Vogt novels and look forward to reading others.
I LOVED this book, I could not put it down. For some reason I thought it was about wishing her father was at her wedding, I dont' know why but it was actually about postcards being sent to the main character Allison Wishing she Was There with him (Daniel).... I loved how the theme carried throughout! I loved all of the characters the main characters and the secondary characters. I could picture how they looked, how they acted and loved each one. It had some raw and real parts, adventuresome part ...more
Wow, this was deep and at the same time it made me laugh out loud numerous times! I read this story in two days. While the premise sounds a bit crazy (which I admit is what drew me to wanting to read the novel) it worked very well in this situation. Every emotion Allison went through seemed very real to me. I also felt bad for the men in her life. So many women have a bad feeling that tells them they shouldn't get married after agreeing to it, but they'll follow through anyway so they won't let ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. Loved it. Double love that I've just driven thru Colorado & the Rockies and can picture the mountains exactly!

This is Beth's debut novel but the 4th I've read. Couldn't put this down! Fantastic gripping story.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
So fun. So delightful. Such a great new voice to watch! A perfect weekend read and oh, so much more.

“Wish You Were Here” has got so much to love! A kiss within the first ten pages? Yes, please! Conflict, love triangles, just a *wee* bit of drama (because what romance wouldn’t be good without it?), llamas, some LOL dialogue, but yet a depth to the characters that was well crafted. Awesome.

I love Allison Denman. You can read some much of this character in her actions and she wants her happily-ev
Amber Stokes
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What does it mean to truly love someone? What does it mean to be in love? And what happens when the dreams you once held dear come crashing down around your feet? Wish You Were Here explores these questions with touching emotion and endearing humor - a contemporary romance with a wonderful depth of heart!

I loved this book - from the romantic tension to the heart-to-heart chats between friends and the life lessons learned from llamas! The references to favorite movies and Christian romance author
Angie Arndt
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From a writer’s standpoint, Wish You Were Here is a wonderful study in character development. For example: one of the main characters didn’t even appear on-scene until page 21 and yet, by then I knew that he was controlling, manipulative and obsessed with perfection. And that’s how Vogt excels: by showing character traits through other’s actions and reactions.

The heroine, Allison, was a very complex character, like all of us. As she grew and changed, I grew to love her more and more. And there w
Carla Stewart
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was swept away to the splendor of the Rockies in Wish You Were Here, a lovely debut by Beth K. Vogt. This perfectly paced love triangle has endearing characters and plot twists that kept me turning the pages deep into the night. I loved it!

Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my first ever Christian fiction I really enjoyed reading this story. It was quirky but also approached some very difficult subjects that kept me wanting to read to the end. Although I have tried I have never managed to complete a Christian fiction book before as I find that they are either over done or too cheesy. This book was recommended to overcome my misconception and I have to say Vogt has found the balance beautifully. I have overcome!! The humour had me laughing out loud several times ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won't sugarcoat the truth here...I almost marked this book as a DNF (did not finish). I made it to the 100-page mark and thought to myself, "If this book doesn't pick up the pace reeeeeeally soon, I don't think I can go on." Well, nothing like a little perseverance, ya know? :o) I went another few pages, then a few more, and then, there was no getting around it...I was hooked.

There's really just one thing I want to highlight from this fabulous debut novel, and that was the balance between All
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogreads
Beth K. Vogt’s writing is so visual and immediate that I felt like I was watching a classic romantic comedy as I read Wish You Were Here.

It’s easy to like heroine Allison Denman despite, or because of, her disastrous faux pas at the beginning of the novel. Engaged to the perfect man, Allison finds herself kissing his brother, Daniel, five days before the wedding! As her carefully planned life unravels, we catch glimpses of the secrets Allison hides as well as the longing for adventure she’s sti
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I could not put done.

If I had thought about it enough I knew how I thought it would end but that dind't stop me from reading it in less than 2 days.

The main character kisses her future brother in law a few days before her wedding, this leads to her leaving her finance at the alter and running away.

The book is what happens to her following this.

Does Seth (her finance) forgive her? Did you like Seth?
Does she run away?
Are there Llama's in this book?
Are there more than one medica
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Ruth Jessen
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instead of there...

This book is unique for Christian fiction. It looks realistically at messy life. Love in unexpected places, pain caused by pasts that shape the future, and unconditional love are all wrapped up in this book. It will challenge you and make you all the good ways...
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, the setting, the llamas, and the distress of loving two brothers. I could hardly wait to see how everything would be resolved. I have most of Beth Vogt’s books and have high expectations they’ll be every bit as excellent.
Becky Giovagnoni
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
So, I should always start a review with my biases, right? The degree to which I enjoy a book is inevitably related to various factors, whether or not I choose to acknowledge such. And the degree to which any reader would choose to agree or relate with my opinion must in some way relate to our commonality on these presumptions, right?

So let me be clear up front.

1. I really do enjoy Christian fiction. I'm not at really bothered by "preachy" stories as long as they are not wishy-washy or written i
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet read that will take you through a gamut of emotions! Taken from my review at

In five days, Allison Denman is supposed to get married, but she is having a hard time getting anything done, like packing up her apartment so she can move in with her new husband after the wedding. She even allowed her friends, including her soon to be mother-in-law and her mom, to browbeat her into getting an expensive wedding gown that she doesn’t even like. Allison has dated Seth for the p
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
“Wish you were here” è un altro di quei libri che sono finiti per caso nelle cose da leggere, preso in un attimo di delirio quando effettivamente non mi rendevo conto di quello che mi succedeva. Si dovrei essere più accorta ma adoro andare a braccio, avventurarmi tra gli elenchi di libri e decidere di essere spericolata scegliendo a caso, come in questo caso. E incredibilmente non mi ha delusa.

Allison sta per sposare Seth, il ragazzo con cui sta fin da quando aveva sedici anni e che non ha mai l
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Before I started "Wish You Were Here" by Beth K. Vogt, I found her novella "You Made Me Love." Before I finished the first chapter, I knew I had to stop reading the novella and read "Wish You Were Here." Why? I knew without the backstory I was going to severely dislike both Allison and Daniel for Seth's situation and their audacity to ask him to be the best man. So, admittedly, I knew to had to read this book to have a better understanding of the characters and their struggle and I knew I had to ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book that frustrated you SO MUCH because you know that it could have been better? That was my experience with Beth K. Vogt's Wish You Were Here. I liked it up until the end, which just ticked me off in the worst way.

Allison and Seth are five days away from their wedding day. They dated for six years, and now it's time for them to finalize their commitment. Allison doesn't like her wedding dress, which she felt coerced into buying, and she isn't wild about the flowers. But sh
Victor Gentile
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth K. Vogt in her new book “Wish You Were Here” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Allison Denman.

From the back cover: Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For Allison Denman it seems like she lost control of her life along the way. Now it seems without realizing it that she has managed to find a guy that is a take charge kind of guy. He has planned everything since meeting her in high school from picking out her prom dress to deciding all the plans for their wedding including what type of flowers should be in her bouquet.

Now just five days before the wedding, she's beginning to wonder why she feels so apprehensive about the wedding. Is Seth the ma
Lisa Johnson
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Year: 2012
Pages: 336
Publisher: Howard Books
Note: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... or on Twitter @lcjohnson1988

One girl, Allison, has a past that is painful for her to face so she tries to cope with it by having her life extremely neat and well-ordered. In a couple of days, she will marry Seth. Her future brother in-law comes over to help pack h
Andrea Cox
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Spring 2012, I bought Beth K. Vogt's debut novel, Wish You Were Here, and discovered a spunky, fun, creative story with a fresh voice. The unusual plotline apparently gave Beth buckets of inspiration for her first dip into the world of fiction. I say this because, within the pages of this book, I found a great release for laughter and tears as I enjoyed the unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters with real-life issues, and important life messages for the reader to glean. This book was a ...more
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Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt

Wow, what a wonderful debut novel. Allison and Seth have been dating for six years, and their big wedding day is finally getting close. And everyone is happy. Right? Well that’s the way it seemed until Seth ask his brother Daniel to go by Allison’s apartment to pick up boxes she’d packed and bring to Seth’s house. Only Allison hadn’t packed the boxes, and Daniel took it as his duty as best man to stay and help pack them. With an added Chi
Jessica Snell
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
Well, my high hopes for this novel were happily answered!

My attention was caught by the high concept premise of "Wish You Were Here" - a bride deserting her groom at the altar - but Beth Vogt kept my attention by telling an interesting story about what happens *after* her heroine's impulsive escape.

Vogt doesn't spare her heroine any of the squirmy moments bound to follow such a public disaster, but even when she was under pressure, I enjoyed spending time with Allison Denman. She spends the fir
Alison Denman is marrying Seth Rayner in five days, and is having second thoughts about the frou-frou dress with the huge train that her future mother-in-law ‘encouraged’ her to buy. She’s having second thoughts about the 350-guest wedding. She’s having second thoughts about the bouquet. She’s looking at her board of ‘Wish You Were Here’ postcards from Seth’s older brother, Daniel. But that’s got nothing to do with why she’s having second thoughts… and then Daniel kisses her while helping pack u ...more
Amanda Stephan
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:
Meet Seth Rayner. Self-absorbed and selfish, he's so self-assured that he never takes Allison Denman's thoughts or feelings into consideration.

Allison Denman, the lucky bride-to-be who is looking for safety. But is Seth the one to give it to her? After one kiss shared with his brother, Daniel, Alli's not so sure.

With Seth around, you never had to think...

Tough decisions face Allison as she leaves her groom-to-be standing at the altar with his mouth hanging open. Marrying Seth was wha
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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth’s first women’s fiction novel for Tyndale House Pub ...more