Title: The Guest Book
Author: Marybeth Whalen
Published Date: July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback & Kindle
Buy on Amazon: Paperback or Kindle
Author Website: www .marybethwhalen.com
Synopsis from Back Cover:
Marybeth Whalen's The Guest Book is a captivating story about love, loss, family, and new beginnings. Macy and her family went to the beach every summer growing up and stayed in the Time in a Bottle beach house. From the ages of five until sixteen, Macy corresponded with a boy through the pages of Time in a Bottle's guest book. Every year they would anonymously draw each other pictures of what was important to them at the beach. Through these 'letters', Macy and her mystery artist came to know each other better than anyone and they found that they developed feelings for each other. Unexpectedly, Macy's father dies and leaves her family in shock. Macy, her mother Brenda, and brother Max decide to return to the beach house that year when Macy is sixteen. Plans were made to meet her mystery artist that summer, but with memories of her father at every turn, Macy and her family leave the beach house before her meeting.
Ten years pass and Macy and her family are still mourning the loss of their father and husband. In an attempt to finally move on, Macy, her five year old daughter Emma, Max, and her mother decide to go back to Time in a Bottle. As they arrive it appears that not much has changed. Brenda soon reconnects with their neighbor Buzz, and Macy sets out on a quest to finally discover the identity of her mystery artist. After a heartfelt prayer to God, Macy finds herself with three men who come 'a courting' and have connections to Time in a Bottle. Pastor Nate, the young, artistic pastor that used to vacation at the beach house; Dockery, a volunteer at a local Art Camp that Emma attends; and Wyatt, Buzz's son that had easy access to Time in a Bottle while growing up. Could one of them be her childhood love?
In The Guest Book, Macy's passion is drawing. Macy discovered her love for sketching when she was a little girl drawing shells with colored pencils in a beach house guest book. Twenty-one years later, Macy finds herself as a Grocery Store employee. Macy's life is not how she envisioned it. Art school went out the window when she became a single parent. To satisfy her love of drawing, Macy creates signs and window scenes at the store she works in. Dreams of being a 'real artist' are all but gone.
Marybeth Whalen's The Guest Book is a great, feel good read. Once I started reading it I found I had to keep reading to uncover the mystery of who 'The Artist' was. I definitely recommend The Guest Book to anyone looking for a fun and touching story. Filled with romance, mystery, and healing, The Guest Book is the novel to pick up this fall!
Marybeth Whalen has provided me with a complimentary copy of her book, The Guest Book,, for the purpose of review.