Only Ever Her is the first book I have read by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. I have to say I was hooked from the first few chapters. There is so much going on in this story and each person has so much to deal with. I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.
From the outside, Annie Taft has everything going for her now after her rough childhood. Annie lost her mother when she was very young. Annie was with her mother when she was killed. The emotions and trauma are still affecting Annie all these years later. On the outside, Annie is a happy young woman with her whole life ahead of her. She's about to marry the man that everyone expects her to marry. She's the happy bride that is anxious to get one with her life.
Now on the inside, Annie is completely devastated from losing her mother. She has been raised by her aunt who along with her cousin moved to Annie's hometown so she would not have to experience any more drama after losing her mother. Annie has a habit of disappearing when life gets rough for her so when she disappears just days before her wedding everyone is hoping that she will return and wonder why everyone is so worried.
Only Ever Her is told from many different points of view. There is Kenny the best friend that not many know about, Scott the fiance that is the "perfect" man for Annie, Clary the cousin that has grown up more like a sister to Annie, Aunt Faye that has been the mother figure for Annie, and Laurel the reporter that Annie is supposed to meet with to talk about her high profile upcoming wedding. Every one of these people has had a huge influence on Annie's life and Annie has been a huge influence on their lives. There is a lot going on and many secrets are revealed as they search for Annie.
This is much more of a Women's literature story than romance which is usually my go-to genre. I like to step out of my comfort zone every now and then and I am glad that I did with this book. If you enjoy a good emotional story then I think you will enjoy this one, I know I did.
I was given the opportunity to read this incredible story and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
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About Only Ever Her:
Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts? Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?
While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.