I20190508_125256.jpgWelcome to my stop on the Only Ever blog tour sponsored by TLC Book Tours! Thanks to TLC for the invitation! If you’d like to enter to win a copy, please check out my instagram page!

About the Book:

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?

Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?

As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?

While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.

My Thoughts:

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 everyone is talking about that. 

Did she get cold feet, or is has something happened to Annie?

More and more, it seems like someone may have hurt Annie, and the list of suspects is getting longer. As her family and friends continue to search for her and for answers, secrets are unearthed that make them question what they know about each other and Annie. 

Whalen skillfully portrays this atmospheric small town and the sense of community within it. I enjoyed getting to know Annie’s aunt Faye. Her beauty parlor was a fun element. There were many quirky characters to get to know here and a satisfying ending. In the end, Only Ever Her is about how a community comes together in the wake of tragedy. 

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author:

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 most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her next novel. You can find her at www.marybethwhalen.com.

Have you read Only Ever Her, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR