Caron Hollister has spent her whole life doing what her father wanted her to do so she would win his approval and attention, even letting go of Kade Webster, a man she truly loved. She also became a realtor and works in her father’s real estate firm in hopes she would one day partner with him. Caron’s currently dating Alex Madison who she’s known forever and who her father thinks is the perfect guy for her. When the unexpected happens, she quits her job and heads to Colorado to visit her friend Margo. While there, Caron wins a destination wedding package, which would be exciting except she’s not even engaged to Alex. While in Colorado she runs into Kade who now owns his own realty company. He’s participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes and wants to make a big impression. Everything is going well until his home stager can’t do the job. Kade knows Caron Hollister is the only one who could pull it off and though it would be hard to be around the girl he still loves, he calls to offer her a temporary job. Caron accepts his offer with the intention of having a business only relationship. But spending time with Kade has her emotions all in a whirl and questioning everything concerning her relationship with Alex.
Almost Like Being in Love is another great destination wedding story. I love how this book was connected to the first one in that Caron Hollister is the sister of Logan Hollister. It was great to meet up with familiar characters again. Beth Vogt has a real talent for weaving a wonderful story filled with humor, heartache, romantic tension as well as some good life lessons. You’ll find a lot of family problems and a lot of complacency but you’ll also find hope and encouragement. There were times in the story that I just wanted to give Caron a good swift kick in the be-hind. I didn’t understand her choices but I also know that I’ve never had to deal with what she did. I appreciated getting to know her friends Margo, Mitch and Lacey and catching up with her sister-in-law, Vanessa, all of whom helped her work through things. The author gives you a full-on view of Caron and Alex as well as Caron and Kade and allows you to ‘feel’ the difference between each relationship, which was very insightful and just plain good writing. I loved how the character’s faith determined their steps but just like us, they sometimes questioned what God was doing. I must say, that the ending exceeded my expectations and made the story all that much better. Beth K. Vogt is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is rich, realistic and refreshing; like a cold drink on a hot day.
*This complementary copy was provided by Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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