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Will the bride to be, turn up for her big day?
‘Only Ever Her’ by
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Teaser Tuesday

An open book led on a table with a lilac flower resting on the open pages - featured image for Teaser Tuesday posts - caption reads 'Take A Look - Read The Book?'

So far this small town mystery, is running exactly how I thought it might. The story is very much character driven and the storyline itself is slow building and one might think, predictable. However, I’m still not certain who has done what to whom, and when, so the intrigue is definitely keeping me turning the pages….

This is one for all you page surfers out there!


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

From across the room, she spies Tracy entering the house, her eyes wide as she takes in the crowd that has gathered. The police are there again, ostensibly to brief Faye on the search and the visit they paid to Kenny Spacey. But they have done that, and now they are mostly loitering. Travis and his wife have also showed  up, and Scott seems to have taken up residence. Her usually empty house feels quite full. She is hosting the world’s most morbid party.

Faye is glad  she made the early-morning run to the grocery store, even if she did have to encounter Millicent while she was there. There is plenty of coffee with cream, which the younger officers have drunk so much of she doesn’t know how they aren’t coming out of their own skin from all the caffeine. She has set out cookies, too, and made some chicken salad sandwiches, but those are going mostly uneaten. She glances at the food, wonders at what point she should wrap it up and put it away. She does not know the rule for food going bad, but it can’t be good for chicken to  sit out that long. She wonders how she can think of something so basic at a time like this …

Just to help you get those lines into some context – here is the book’s premise…


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.

The mem host image for Teaser Tuesday, updated December 2016 'The Purple Booker'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia @ ‘The Purple Booker‘. Each week she shares her own teaser lines and invites other bloggers to do the same. So if you have a few moments, why not stop by and see what’s on offer this time!

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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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  • I had to laugh at the last couple of lines about putting away the food. That’s an obsession of mine. At family gatherings, I’m always back in the kitchen within a certain amount of time, packing things away! No one wants food-poisoning! 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      OMG I thought it was just me who was paranoid about food left unrefrigerated – at least that’s what everyone would have me believe!!

      When we have a buffet style event, I will have one, maybe two passes at the dishes and then I am conscious of how the food is looking and the texture of it. Not our family and friends though, who are quite happy to ‘graze’ on it for hours and then still wonder if I have gone mad when I consign the remnants to the food waste recycling bucket. They even end up by taking leftovers with them!!!!

      I seriously waste more food than we actually eat at such gatherings 🙂

      Seriously though, it is surprising the banal thoughts which come into your head, in times of stress which are highly emotionally charged. Those particular words add a real sense of authenticity to the unfolding storyline.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Well! Get you Nise! You obviously host a much superior style of buffet event to me 🙂 🙂

      Seriously, I never thought of using an ice bed for fresh meats, fish and salad, but then again ice is not used as second nature by us Brits, as readily as it is by my US friends. However, if we get too many more tropical summers like we have had for the past couple of years, home ice machine sales will probably increase dramatically.

      I hadn’t come across this author’s name prior to contact with publicist ‘Little Bird Publicity’, with whom I work quite regularly. However, she does seem to be a very popular writer among the Goodreads community and I definitely want to read more of her books.

      Thanks for stopping by to chat and I hope that you are reading something great right now.

      Happy Easter 🙂

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