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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 thoughts?
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Paperback, 287 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Marybeth Whalen
My favorite novel by Marybeth yet! Now available to request via NetGalley. <3
Erin
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Brandice
In Only Ever Her a small South Carolina town is in despair as a young bride, Annie, disappears just days before her wedding. Where did she go? Why is she gone? Was this intentional or is foul play involved? Lots of unanswered questions loom as her family (Aunt Faye and cousin Clary), friends (Tracey and Kenny), fiancé (Scott), and local community (Sheriff Hal York and reporter, Laurel) try to figure out what happened. Interestingly enough, the man who served more than 20 years in prison for alle ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I’ve read two other books by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, and they were character-driven, emotional, and so easy to read. Only Ever Her follows suit with those things, and I think she’s topped herself. It’s important to know ahead of time that the characters are indeed the center of this story with a touch of suspense.

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
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Kendall
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read one other book by Marybeth Mayhew Walen and I wasn't a fan of it. I was super excited to get my hands on this one because I've heard raving things but unfortunately this missed the mark completely for me.

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
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Berit☀️✨
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hmmm... where to start? This was a well done character driven women’s fiction story. This was not a thriller, and I along with many other readers (I think) went into this with that expectation. So when you pick this one up please keep in mind this is a slower story that is all about the characters. There is a bit of a mystery but it’s not twisted or jaw dropping or anything like that. Marybeth Mayhew Whalen did a great job of creating that southern small town vibe.

Three days before Annie is sup
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Louise is one of the richest women in town but not one of the smartest. She was once quite the beauty, but that ship has sailed. She spends most of her time standing on the dock waving a hanky, begging it to come back to her. Which means she spends a lot of time in Faye’s salon.

She has always respected and feared lawyers, as if they possess something she never could, some special insight into truth and justice, a gift bestowed on them at birth, like a pitching arm or a brilliant
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Luvtoread
Thank you to Lakeview Publishing and Netgally for the opportunity to read this book!

This is a womens fiction book reminding me of the old "Peyton Place" novel with small town secrets and gossip and prejudices especially if a character was not born or raised in the town.

Annie is getting married in a few days and is quite overwhelmed with all the preparations and emotions that go hand in hand with a big wedding and also is carrying some secrets that have her majorly stressed and she feels she mus
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Selena
I received a free e-copy of Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen from NetGalley for my honest review.

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
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Tina
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
2.5

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
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Mandy White
Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen was a book that I was hooked on - in the beginning. Unfortunately for me it became a but slow and the story started to drag. The ending was a disappointment for me as well.. The story sounded like one that I was going to really get lost in but it just did not continue. All the characters had their secrets that start to come out and take away from the main story of the missing bride.

Annie Taft is getting married - and it is to be the wedding of the year. An
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Amy
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about small southern towns that appeals to me so greatly?! Throw in a light mystery and a whole bunch of secrets and I’m all in!

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
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Luvtoread
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Lakeview Publishing and Netgally for the opportunity to read this book!

This is a womens fiction book reminding me of the old "Peyton Place" novel with small town secrets and gossip and prejudices especially if a character was not born or raised in the town.

Annie is getting married in a few days and is quite overwhelmed with all the preparations and emotions that go hand in hand with a big wedding and also is carrying some secrets that have her majorly stressed and she feels she mus
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Kristy
Annie Taft is 26, ready to marry Scott Hanson, and move somewhere fresh. Away from the town of Ludlow, where she is known as the daughter of the murdered woman. Cordell Lewis was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of Annie's mother, Lydia Taft--largely on the word of Annie, who was only three. But his lawyer is advocating for a new trial--and Cordell's release. It's now four days before Annie's wedding; Cordell is out of jail, and Annie has disappeared. At first, Annie's aunt, Faye, ...more
Hristina
I'm not really sure what my opinion on this book is. It's a bit complicated, and I'm somewhere in the middle between liking it and not.
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
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

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
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Jeannette Nikolova
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

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
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Jamie
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annie's mother was murdered when she was three years old. Her Aunt has been her caretaker since then. Now, Annie is all grown up and preparing for her wedding. With her wedding to Scott days away, Annie goes missing!

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
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
My first read by Whalen and I wouldn't quite categorize this in the thriller category - but more as a contemporary mystery. This is a very character driven story. We get several different POVs that was a lot to take in at first. Once I got myself under control, I definitely became quite involved with the story. This book does move a bit at a slow to moderate pace. Normally this would cause my attention to wane, but in this case I was pretty well into needing to know what was going on. Where did ...more
Jen
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie Taft is getting married in 4 days and everyone is working hard on preparations. That is...until the bride disappears. Is this a case of cold feet or is something more sinister at play?

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
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Amanda McGill
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

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
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Rissa
Only Ever Her⭐
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
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Gina Jones
This novel had an excellent recipe for great suspense—the bride goes missing days before the wedding. Man accused of killing the bride's mother released from prison. However, it fell short for most of the storyline. I know the author was setting us up for more, as we continued with each character. With each character’s chapters, we would learn a bit more of each one’s drama, and a secret each were harboring.
I would of like to had more time with Annie, the missing bride. I felt we didn’t learn m
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Judy Collins
Review coming!
Megan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the story of a missing bride, Annie Taft. It's four days away from Annie's wedding and the town is aflutter about the event that will be the highlight of the season. When it is discovered that Annie is missing, everyone wonders if it is merely a case of cold feet or is something more sinister going on?

I usually try to read reviews before I begin reading a book. In the case of Only Ever Her, I didn't read any reviews and only relied on the synopsis. Well
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Sonica
Thank you Lake Union for my copy of Only Ever Her in exchange for my honest review.

My first Whalen book and won't be my last - I truly enjoyed her writing.

A slow burning tale with a lot of character development this was an extremely light and quick read. Told in alternating points of views by various characters, this take of family drama will keep you engaged enough cover to cover.

This book was more of a women's fiction/light mystery; I would recommend it more to fans of family/domestic with li
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Siobhan
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I love a good mystery, I’m always willing to dive into a new thriller, and upon seeing Only Ever Her I was ready for another thrilling mystery that would have me hooked throughout. With Marybeth Mayhew Whalen being a name I recognised, one I’d been meaning to read for a while, I was getting myself a new mystery and finally able to put a tick next to the name.

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
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
#FirstLine ~ He tugs at his collar and takes a swig of tepid coffee.

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.
Kristin Lanier
Ugh, it pains me to write this review. I absolutely loved Whalen’s “When We Were Worthy.” So, I was excited to receive an advanced reader’s copy of her newest one, coming out in May. However, I did not like it as much as I was hoping I would.

“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
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Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of When We Were Worthy, The Things We Wish Were True and five previous novels. She speaks to women's groups around the US. She is the co-founder of the popular women's fiction site, She Reads www.shereads.org. Marybeth and her husband Curt have been married for 26 years and are the parents of six children. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth spends mos ...more
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