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Only Ever Her

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Publisher's Summary

It 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? 

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.

©2019 by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Each character’s voice is distinct and lived in as the reader gradually connects the threads tying everyone in this small town together. There’s a lot here. An intriguing mystery filled with hearty characters.” --Kirkus Reviews 

“Marybeth Mayhew Whalen’s character-driven suspense propelled me through the pages with a relentless need to absorb every word. Unputdownable!” --Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author 

“A seductive and emotional page-turner, Only Ever Her is a moving exploration of love, loss, and regret. Told in multiple points of view, where every character has something to hide, this mysterious tale asks the question: How well do you really know the ones you love? You won’t be able to put it down, but you won’t want it to end either.” --Karen Katchur, bestselling author of River Bodies 

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  • Chelle
  • 15-05-19

Better than expected

I’m not really sure why I didn’t have high expectations for this book, but I didn’t. The primary reason I got it was because Joshilyn Jackson narrates it. I always enjoy her books, the ones she has authored and read. There are not many books read by the author that I like, but JJ is the exception. Her narration has now introduced me to a new writer and I am looking forward to more written by Marybeth Mathew Whalen. This book weaves quite a tale. A tale that doesn’t always take you where you expect. The summary would have you think the main character is Annie, but really there is a small handful of characters that I would consider main characters and Annie as central to the book, but not necessarily a main character. My heart ached for these characters. Not to give any spoilers, but it wasn’t, again what you would think is described in the summary. It was more about the journey each of them took because of Annie’s disappearance. It is set in the south, the perfect locale for a book narrated by JJ. Well done MMW! Oh and yes, there is a male narrator, but he’s not a large part of the dialog, which is kind of strange because the character is an important character in the book, but the author manages to write an interesting character without him being a huge part of the story. Overall, it was a good book, great narration performance, I would use a credit again for it.

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  • Bonnie
  • 31-05-19

Bland

Not easily put dot and then
Picked up again. Too many characters with wordy problems. Did not care for this book.

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  • Bookworm
  • 17-05-19

good read

This a nice read, packed with great characters and an interesting plot line. read it

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  • Mama Bear
  • 09-01-20

Not the best

The characters were in-likable, the story was kind of boring, and the performance was meh. I wouldn’t waste a credit on this book.

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  • Reero
  • 29-12-19

Little confusing

It was an ok story. It’s a little hard to follow all the people and I didn’t love the narrator. It was ok

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  • CBrock
  • 21-12-19

Good Story - Narration Lacking

I liked this book. However, I almost stopped because Joshilyn Jackson’s voice sounds like a whiney little girl. The story is good, characters well developed, every question gets answered which is a win win for me. But that voice was awful.

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  • Kellermoll
  • 07-12-19

awful

I read a different book by the same author and enjoyed it, but this one was so bad, I could not get past the first hiur no matter how.many times I tried.

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  • kim otto
  • 27-11-19

Boring.

The story was uninteresting and laced suspense. Characters lacked depth. Do not recommend this book.

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  • Kristie Bella Wehe
  • 18-07-19

Great listen!

I love this narrator’s voice and thoroughly enjoy her books as well as when she narrates someone else’s.

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  • itsjot
  • 27-06-19

Predictable, disappointing, annoying

Very predictable story, obvious reveal early in the book. Could barely listen to this narration because of the “baby talk” very slow sounding narration from the female voice. Even when speed increased, it was just faster “baby talk”.