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Has the bride had second thoughts?
‘Only Ever Her’
by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Book Beginnings

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For all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover Image Of The Book 'Only Ever Her' By Author Marybeth Mayhew Whalen



June 1st

He tugs at his collar and takes a swig of tepid coffee. He doesn’t care for coffee, but he will accept any liquid at this point, especially liquid that contains caffeine. He hasn’t slept in so long, he’s too tired to count up how many hours it’s been.

The sheriff presses his big, meaty palms on the table and leans in. “Well, Mr. Spacey,”  he says. “You ready to give your statement?”

Cover Image Of The Book 'Only Ever Her' By Author Marybeth Mayhew Whalen



Though she has made it as far as parking outside the lawyer’s office, she finds herself unable to go in. She has her fingers around the door handle, ready to tug it open at any moment. The car is new, so the door won’t creak loudly when she opens it like her old car did. (Ah, the Jetta, may she rest in peace.) This SUV, a pristine, mature vehicle choice, will not give her any problems. Like her fiancé, Scott, who selected and bought her the Honda CR-V as an early wedding gift, this car is new and reliable  and suitable for starting her new life in a few weeks as Mrs. Annie Hanson.


Cover Image Of The Book 'Only Ever Her' By Author Marybeth Mayhew WhalenIt was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.

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?

As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?

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.

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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