Only Ever Her
It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.
Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thought...more
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Contemporary suspense drama told from several viewpoints surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a local woman; only days before her wedding. Runaway Bride? Or is it possible that this is somehow connected to the recent release of the man convicted of murdering the bride's mother twenty three years ago.
Honestly, I felt torn between DNFing and continuing the book ...more
Annie Taft lives in small-town South Carolina. Her wedding is only four days away, and it’s set to be a grand affair. Everyone’s talking about it. But then Annie vanishes, and now ever ...more
Three days before Annie is sup ...more
I thought this was incredibly boring and should have DNF this book honestly. Ugh... just couldn't connect to the characters or storyline whatsoever!
I got to about 55 percent and then skimmed the rest of the story. There was lack of character development for Annie the main character bu ...more
I really feel bad when I don't connect with a book and have to leave an ehhh review. I feel bad as I can only imagine, being an author, and all the love, hope and work they put into their writing. With that said I am sorry to say that I just didn't connect with this book. I do appreciate the opportunity to read it and I do see that several other people really enjoyed it so don't let my review ...more
I read Marybeth Mayhew Whalen's book, "When We Were Worthy" and really enjoyed that one. This one was lacking depth for me. The writing itself is good and easy to follow it was just the story that did not resonate with me. I feel it started off pretty good but I admit that I started skimming towards the end. I wanted to find out what happened to Annie. I guess I just did not like the characters very much. I thought adding Faye's 7-Up Chicken Salad Recipe at the end of the book was a nice tho ...more
Annie Taft is getting married - and it is to be the wedding of the year. An ...more
I found the characters intriguing, but at the same time I lost myself between all the POVs and as much as I thought a character was interesting, all the switching between everyone was a bit frustrating as it minimized the tension the previous entry was building. That's something that happened all throughout this book for me, every time I felt as though the tensio ...more
I liked the premise of the book but the execution failed. Sadly for me, the book felt a bit drawn out. I could not connect or feel much for the characters, there were just way too many of them. It took me three days to finish this book, and that is a long time for me. I didn't like Annie or any of the other one-dimensional characters in the book.
The characters are sort of ambiguous in that you're not really sure if you are supposed to like them or not. The prose was fine to read - noth ...more
Only Ever Her promises a suspenseful story about the search of a woman who goes missing days before her wedding and right after the man who went to prison for killing her mother gets released.
Except, that this book is not suspenseful and is not even really about the search of the missing bride.
Instead, the story jumps from character to character in a small town full of people who are not living their best life. From the girl who is trying to be everyone ...more
The characters are the driving force in this, much as was the case in her previous book, When We Were Worthy, and there’s just something about a character driven tale that speaks to me in a deep way. This one focuses a lot on community and how people come together and support each other during hard times and there are several perspectives that offer you a bir ...more
This is not a thriller but a slow burn novel about secrets. There are a lot of characters, none that really stood out to me. I needed more character development, particularly for Annie. There was a disconnect for me with the characters and overall, left me feeling disgruntled about the plot. There is a myster ...more
There were a few good points to the novel. The small town setting felt very Steel Magnolias with the hair salon and the town gossip. Laurel and Clary's stories were interesting and kept me going to the end of the book.
I found myself DESPERATE to know more about almost all of the cha ...more
This was my first read by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and sadly I wasn’t impressed. The story was intriguing and I enjoyed how the past and present seemed to link up, but sadly the characters did it in.
Annie is suppose to be this flawless main character who lost her mother at a young age. She has her secrets, but she is getting married to a great guy. I hated Annie. She was just so flaky and used people to get what she wanted. She didn’t care about o ...more
With weddings and murder there is little Annie can do to keep her clam so with the wedding coming closer and Annies disappearance everything is questioned.
The prologue was amazing but the rest of the story had a different voice, many voices and none of them were as intriguing.
We follow alot of different people I think that if we were to only see two perspectives and just get more of them i would have really enjoyed this but I was trying to remeber who peope were and what their re ...more
I would of like to had more time with Annie, the missing bride. I felt we didn’t learn m ...more
Only Ever Her is my first book by this author. I think that it is supposed to be a mystery. But honestly it was not overly suspenseful.
There are multiple 3rd person narrators. The narrators are: Annie, Laurel, Faye, Clary and Kenny. The story is about Annie (26), who is about to get married. She has secrets, as do all of the narrators. Faye is Annie's aunt. Clary is Faye's daughter. Kenny is Annie's high school friend. And Laurel is a reporter.
Having so many narrators is not my favori ...more
Although I had fun with this one, it wasn’t quite what I had been expecting. As I’ve mentioned, I was ready for a thrilling mystery. Althou ...more
I know... but Annie may not have gone willingly, or perhaps she did, or maybe the rest of the family and friends needs to check themselves an their own closets?
Loved it all as Marybeth shows plenty of characters with plenty of heart.
Speaking of hearts did she simply have a change of heart?
Was this a precursor to the past with a shady man arrested and misidentified by Annie as the killer of her mother?
In the end the doves fly away but the relati ...more
A slow burn mystery that creates more intrigue than it does suspense. It was an enjoyable read and one that has depth both in story and characters. Worth the read.
“Only Ever Her” is about a bride who disappears and everyone is trying to figure out what happened to her. Did she leave on her own? Or did something more sinister happen? It definitely reads more like fiction than mystery/thriller, which I thought worked w ...more