Saturday, 5 December 2015

Review: The Wedding Tree by Robin Wells

National bestselling author Robin Wells weaves a moving epic that stretches from modern-day Louisiana to World War II-era New Orleans and back again in this multigenerational tale of love, loss and redemption.

Hope Stevens thinks Wedding Tree, Louisiana, will be the perfect place to sort out her life and all the mistakes she’s made. Plus, it will give her the chance to help her free-spirited grandmother, Adelaide, sort through her things before moving into assisted living.

Spending the summer in the quaint town, Hope begins to discover that Adelaide has made some mistakes of her own. And as they go through her belongings, her grandmother recalls the wartime romance that left her torn between two men and haunted by a bone-chilling secret. Now she wants Hope’s help in uncovering the truth before it’s too late.

Filled with colorful characters, The Wedding Tree is an emotionally riveting story about passion, shattered dreams, unexpected renewal and forgiveness—not only for others, but for ourselves.

Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2015 by Berkley
Terri's Thoughts

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The book was just released this week**

I have to admit that this is the type of story I tend to favor and gets me sucked in rather quickly. A forbidden romance in the past, a mystery that needs to be solved, and a current day love story that has too much against it to work out.  What other formula for a great read?

Although not as complex as some other novels of the same genre and formula, this story still managed to entertain me and pull me in.  I am always a sucker for wartime romances so this story delivered on that aspect. 

I also enjoyed how this story was told through three different points of view; Adelaide, Hope and Matt.  It gave a little extra dimension to the story so that the reader could truly understand what was going on with each of the characters.

Without giving any spoilers, I will say I wish that Adelaide's story had a more fulfilling outcome.  As is common with these types of stories you do not always get everything wrapped nice and neatly.  I accept that but can't help wishing there could have been a little bit more.  Hope's story makes up for this.

This is a great story and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it.  It is stories like these that are gems that deserve to be discovered.

About the Author

When Robin Wells sold her first romance novel in 1995, her family celebrated at a Chinese restaurant. Robin’s fortune cookie read, “Romance moves you in a new direction.”
And it certainly has! Robin has since written sixteen critically acclaimed novels that have been translated into eighteen languages. Her books have won the National Golden Heart Award, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Award of Excellence, the Golden Quill, and the Holt Medallion. Robin’s latest book, Still the One, was nominated for a Rita Award, the highest award the National Romance Writers of America gives an author, at the RWA national conference last July.
Robin was born in Waco, Texas and holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Oklahoma. Before becoming a full-time writer, Robin worked as an advertising and public relations executive for a major hotel chain. She loves working with new writers and teaches a course called “How to Write a Novel” at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Mandeville campus.
Robin lives with her husband, two daughters and a very spoiled dog named Winnie the Poohdle in Mandeville.


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