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Friday, June 24, 2016

Beth K. Vogt: Almost Like Being in Love

By Kelly Bridgewater

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

Spending time with Kade has Caron questioning everything. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she lost. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? Just because others believe she and Alex are an ideal couple, does that mean they should get married? And how can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another?

Almost Like Being in Love: A Destination Wedding Novel
From Barnes and Nobles
My Thoughts:

Beth K. Vogt is a master at creating stories that grip the heart. Of the two stories of hers that I have read, I really enjoy how she chooses topics that are totally relateable. A good story, in my humble opinion, has to have rememberable characters, an unique plot, and a wonderful story world.

I enjoyed getting to know Caron, Kade, and Alex. Caron is a young woman who is determined to please her father and earn his approval. But God works on her heart and makes her rethink her choices in life. Next, Kade knows what he wants to do with his life. From his job to his heart. He works really hard and keeps straight on that path. Finally, Alex seeks the help to remove his self from all the secrets he has been keeping in his life and move on with his whole life. I rooted for the characters as they learned their path in life.

I really like the question that Vogt raises: Is anyone truly perfect for someone else? I disagree. Everyone is going to butt heads with someone, even after being married for fifteen years myself, I love my husband, but we argue over things too. But where it really matters, money, God, and family, we are on the same page. God places the desire for love in all of us. That is why we search for a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

In conclusion, Beth K. Vogt's latest book Almost Like Being in Love has a wonderful cast of characters, an interesting plot that kept me spellbound for a couple of hours while I read the book. 
This is a great book for everyone to read. It makes me want to read Vogt's other books.

I received a complimentary copy of Almost Like Being in Love from Howard Books and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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