Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Cancel The Wedding

Cancel The Wedding
by Carolyn T. Dingman

Why did you choose this book? it sounded like a good summer read
When did you read this book? August 2014
Who should read this book? readers who enjoy family history
Source: TLC Book Tours
Here is a synopsis of Cancel The Wedding from TLC Book TOURS

On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancĂ©. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister, Georgia, are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?

Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her fourteen-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads south on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.

As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?

My Review

I went into this expecting a pretty average, 3-star, summer romance. I expected to see Olivia getting cold feet before her wedding, running off to think about things, and then the situation being resolved by Olivia either realizing her finacĂ© is her one-true-love after all or dumping him for good in favor of her REAL one-true-love who she meets during her ‘escape’. And for the first part of the book, the book appeared to meet my expectations. The book was moving slowing and predictably, but okay, when suddenly about 100 pages into the book, the story developed into one that I could not put down!

Olivia grew up never hearing stories of her mother’s childhood, so is mystified that her mother left instructions to have her ashes scattered in the hometown of which she never spoke. Olivia is determined to find answers to this mystery by returning to her mother’s hometown. But with each answer she finds, many more questions appear as she retraces her mother’s past. As an amateur family historian, I could definitely relate to this! I found her search for answers and the discovery of her Olivia’s family history fascinating, and I felt her excitement as she learned each new fact and ‘met’ her ancestors!

Yes, this is a romance, and yes, there is a happy ending….but this is so much more than just another summer romance!

About Carolyn T. Dingman

Carolyn T. Dingman lives in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters. Cancel the Wedding is her first novel.

Find out more about Carolyn at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My Rating:  ★★★★   4 Stars

This book review is included in a tour by TLC Book Tours. I received a review copy of this book and have given my an honest review, which you can read above.

Carolyn’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 5th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, August 6th: From L.A. to LA
Thursday, August 7th: Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, August 11th: Book Loving Hippo
Tuesday, August 12th: Stitch Read Cook
Wednesday, August 13th: Stephany Writes
Wednesday, August 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, August 14th: Drey’s Library
Monday, August 18th: Lessa’s Book Critiques
Tuesday, August 19th: Tina’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 20th: Doing Dewey
Thursday, August 21st: Time 2 Read
Friday, August 22nd: Sweet Southern Home

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1 comment:

  1. I love a romance that is just a bit MORE.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!