A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House, October 1, 2011), 312 pages
Samantha Bravencourt mostly enjoys her quiet life near Washington, DC, working in her mom’s clothing boutique. When she gets an invitation to her friend’s wedding in North Carolina, she’s excited to see her college pals again. But that trip turns out differently than she expected. She’s reunited with Carson, who she had taught alongside with at the refugee camp in the Philippines, as well as with one of her former Amerasian students, who needs help.
A Wedding Invitation is very pink. I’m not talking about the cover here, either. The content is very girly, very pink. I wish I could describe this better. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn’t quite ready for it. But speaking of the cover, why oh why can’t the girl on the cover match the description of the main character (olive skin, brown eyes)? I do like the flowery swirls, though, which are integrated inside the book, as well.
I loved the flashbacks to Sam’s time at the refugee center, as well as the touches of Asia (even if they seemed to center around food).
I was frustrated by the ignorance of fiber arts demonstrated in the book. Wisler uses a ball of yarn in a metaphor to indicate that someone is tightly wound, although yarn balls are supposed to be wound very loosely. And when a character crochets, she uses a “needle,” rather than the appropriate tool, a hook. But that’s not the main problem I had.
Overall, it was hard for me to connect with Sam. The characters didn’t communicate well with each other, and while I could usually guess what was going on inside her head, sometimes it felt like she was just, well … kind of crazy — acting on unmotivated whims. Honestly, I think Wisler was trying to adhere to the ‘show, don’t tell’ rule, but I’m not sure she quite succeeded. And other than Sam, most of the rest of the characters felt pretty flat.
Rating: 2.75 stars
About the author
Alice J. Wisler is the author of four novels. She taught at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center in the mid-1990s. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. Since the death of her son in 1997, she’s taught grief-writing courses.
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