Jun 2, 2012

The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen

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?

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. She is the director of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction.  Marybeth is the author of The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy and The Guest Book. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She's always at work on her next novel. Marybeth and her family live in North Carolina. You can find her online at www.marybethwhalen.com.

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Macy was determined to find out the identity of the boy who drew pictures for her in the guest book at the beach house her family visited every year as a child. She drew pictures for him, and he always left a picture or message for her as well.  Coming back to the beach house ten years later seems like a long shot, but maybe her prayers will be answered.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the beach house, Macy is confronted by three handsome and eligible bachelors.  Each of them spent their childhood summers in the same neighbourhood as the beach house, yet none are owning up to being the one she has been looking for.

A season of discovery, dealing with memories, and some mystery and romance make this a great summer time read. Very enjoyable!

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Wow. This sounds so good. What a unique concept.

  2. Marybeth is a kind woman, I look forward to this new one.