Allison Denman and Seth Rayner have been a couple since high school. Now as the wedding day approaches, nothing feels right to Allison…not the dress, not the flowers in the bouquet that Seth insisted on, not the huge wedding he wanted. When Seth’s older brother Daniel leans in for a kiss just a week before the wedding, Allison wonders if her uncertainty stems from a yearning for adventure. She’s always found it by living vicariously through Daniel and his postcards to her. Now, Allison is a runaway bride trapped in her “five-thousand-dollar, full-length designer straitjacket”. She winds up running away to Colorado to her aunt, some llamas, and to God.
Reading how she ran out on a great, if controlling, guy like Seth in the church with hundreds of friends and family watching really bothered me. Then when Allison struggles, but slowly falls for Seth’s brother Daniel, it bothered me more. The situation seems so morally wrong, so hurtful…even if she’s trying to do what’s best for herself. Author Vogt creates great dialogue which made the intolerable circumstances more bearable and almost enjoyable for this reader. Vogt also introduces supporting characters that add to the story. Best friend Meghan is outspoken, straightforward, and loyal; stepfather Will is a constant loving presence in her life; Aunt Nita offers sound advice, endless support, and llamas to love.
Three and a Half Stars
*Reviewed by Colleen*
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