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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review of A Wedding Invitation

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A Wedding Invitation is a contemporary novel by Alice J. Wisler. As the title hints, the main character, Samantha Bravencourt receives a wedding invitation, which launches her adventure into romance and sends her packing on a trip down memory lane. This is a delightful tale about forgiveness, acceptance, and second chances. Told from a first-person perspective, the story takes on an intimate feel, and readers will sense an instant bond with the characters. The novel is a quick read, and the author does a superb job of bringing the story full circle, from start to finish. Published by Bethany House, this story will appeal to those interested in contemporary romantic fiction.

While I enjoyed the entire book, a section that was especially meaningful to me was a scene where Samantha’s aunt releases butterflies in a cemetery with parents who have lost their children. There is discussion about new life: butterflies that are released will soar to new heights, children who have died are experiencing their new life in Heaven, and parents who lost their little ones adjust and move on. Just a week ago, I attended a memorial service for my father, and I liked this expression of hope and the imagery contained in the scene.

*Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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