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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Guestbook

If you haven’t yet found your perfect summer read, RUN and grab yourself a copy of The Guestbook.  Marybeth Whalen stole my heart again with a beautiful, heartfelt romance. I first discovered her when I reviewed The Mailbox, and ranked THAT book as my favorite summer read of 2010.

You can read my review of that here: The Mailbox

Similar to The Mailbox, this story takes place on Sunset Beach and involves a young woman finding her way, after some heartbreaking losses in life.  Macy Dillon returns to the beach hoping to find solace for her heart.  During her vacation, Macy not only reconnects with God, but also her past and discovers some surprising answers to her questions.

Marybeth’s stories are rich with characters who are deeply emotional, and vulnerable.  And though full of romance, Marybeth writes clean, wholesome love stories that appeal to the old fashioned girl in readers like me.  

Take a day off, make yourself some sweet tea, and find a comfy chair.  This is one book worth getting lost in.

Book Description
July 3, 2012
When Macy Dillon was five years old her father encouraged her to draw a picture in the guestbook of a Carolina beach house. The next year, Macy returned to discover a drawing by an unidentified little boy on the facing page. Over the next eleven years the children continue to exchange drawings ... until tragedy ends visits to the beach house altogether.

During her final trip to Sunset, Macy asks her anonymous friend to draw her one last picture and tells him where to hide the guest book in hopes that one day she will return to find it---and him. Twenty-five years after that first picture, Macy is back at Sunset Beach---this time toting a broken family and a hurting heart.

One night, alone by the ocean, Macy asks God to help her find the boy she never forgot, the one whose beautiful pictures touched something deep inside of her. Will she ever find him? And if she does, will the guestbook unite them or merely be the relic of a lost childhood?

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Zondervan.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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