In The Wishing Tree, Ivy Marshall, a savvy, determined woman, finds out her husband has cheated on her on the same day her sister's perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy's mother asks her to return to her family's beach home to plan her sister's upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her circumstances. When her return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, brings her face to face with her former fiance, old feelings rise to the surface and she wonders if there is a future for them. However, her husband has started tweeting his apology to her and doesn't want to give up on their marriage. As she helps prepare the wishing tree for her sister's wedding, she must examine her own wishes for the future and decide what love should be.
Marybeth Whalen is one of my favourite authors, and this book doesn't disappoint. I could easily relate to Ivy's pain and anguish when she discovered that her husband had been unfaithful to her.
Ivy's first instinct was to run away from her problems instead of confronting them. Immersed in planning the perfect wedding day for her sister, Ivy tries to ignore the pain in her heart. When her hubby anonymously starts a very popular Twitter account with hundreds of faithful followers, she isn't receptive to anything he has to say. Before she is able to move forward in her own life, Ivy must finally deal with her personal regrets and failures from the past.
The characters are realistic, believable and totally loveable. This is a great summer time read, perfect for a day at the beach. Loved it!!
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.