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The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen + Giveaway

I'm sort of embarrassed to admit it, but I'm one of those crazy readers.
You know...the kind that reads a book from start to finish as fast as possible.
Sometimes in one sitting. Sometimes reading in bed until 2am.
Sometimes forgetting that I have a family that needs dinner...

Yep, I just can't put a book down... especially Christian fiction.

So, when I received a copy of Christian author, Marybeth Whalen's new book,
The Guest Book... I had it finished by midnight.
 The Guest Book, is a touching story filled with soul-searching characters
dealing with grief, healing and love.
(Not to mention a lovely Carolina beach setting!)

The story is filled with a bit of mystery to keep you reading until the very last page.
Of course I didn't want it to end...
I totally guessed wrong on the ending, that!

Here's the synopsis:
When Macy Dillon was five years old her father encouraged her to draw a picture in the guestbook of a Carolina beach house. The next year, Macy returned to discover a drawing by an unidentified little boy on the facing page. Over the next eleven years the children continue to exchange drawings … until tragedy ends visits to the beach house altogether. During her final trip to Sunset, Macy asks her anonymous friend to draw her one last picture and tells him where to hide the guest book in hopes that one day she will return to find it—and him. Twenty-five years after that first picture, Macy is back at Sunset Beach—this time toting a broken family and a hurting heart. One night, alone by the ocean, Macy asks God to help her find the boy she never forgot, the one whose beautiful pictures touched something deep inside of her. Will she ever find him? And if she does, will the guestbook unite them or merely be the relic of a lost childhood?

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Sounds like a perfect 'end of the summer' read, doesn't it?  It is!
I have a copy to give away! 
Yep, I'm sending one of my readers a copy of The Guest Book! 
(It's a paperback book, ready to toss in your beach bag.)

Want to win? 
Just leave a comment telling me a great book you've read this summer!
(Include your e-mail so I can contact you if you win.)
Winner will be announced on Monday, August 13.

Hop over to Marybeth Whalen's blog and enter to win
A trip to Sunset Beach, North Carolina. 
You could be visiting the beach in the book!
(Wouldn't that be fabulous?!)

Happy Reading!


  1. The Scent of Rain and Lightning! It was a really good read!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  2. I read the Karen Kingsbury series Loving, Leaving, Longing - got them from the church library and read thru them so quick! I love quick, fun reads for the summer :)

  3. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle

  4. Tim tebow's

  5. Marybeth and I were college suite mates during freshman year, and, even then, her talent was evident. This summer I read again a book I have loved for years, The Prince of Tides. The words are beautiful and haunting and worth revisiting!

  6. The Bible -- I want to read more nonfiction books though :)

  7. I read a Debbie Macomber book called "Someday Soon" this summer. It was a great book and I've already passed it on to my Mother and now a friend has it. I'd love a chance to win this one! Thanks!

    1. Ack! Forgot to leave my e-mail Thanks!

    2. I just finished Marybeth's book She Makes It Look Easy and I REALLY!!!! want her next book The Guest Book! Please, Please let me win. I loved her book The Mailbox too! I shared with Marybeth that I had read a "phrase" by one of her characters in her books that my Dad always said to me "This to shall pass" and it made me think of him and we went to visit a few days later and he said that very thing to me.:)

    3. Cindy, leave your e-mail so I can put you in the drawing. Thanks, Michelle

  8. A great book I read over this summer is Debbie Macomber, Knit Together. Awesome Book! Would be blessed to read The Guest Book by MaryBeth Whalen. Thank you for the opportunity and chance.
    Blessings, Lilly

  9. Mindset for Moms by Jamie Martin.

  10. Any thing bye Karen Kingbury and Mary Beth :) bible every moring e-mail thank you

  11. The Secret Garden. I grew up loving The Little Princess by the same author, but somehow had never read The Secret Garden.

  12. I am the same way about reading books! Best fictional book I've read this summer: Edenbrook. Best nonfictional book: The Devil in Pew Number Seven. I would love to win this book, but even if I don't, I will be buying it. :) My husband took me to Sunset Beach a couple of years ago for our anniversary. It was such a lovely, romantic place!

  13. That book sounds great, Michelle! I read and loved State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

  14. That really sounds like a great book, have added it to my to-read list. The last book I read was "Heaven Is Here" by Stephanie Nielson!!

  15. A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks...been reading a lot of his books lately.

  16. I love to read, but sad to say I haven't read a book in a really long time.