Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Guest Book By Marybeth Whalen

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?

My Review

From the very first page this book is a page tuner. I have never read anything by Marybeth before so I was super excited to read this book. I love to find new authors, and Marybeth is sure a treat. You are going to LOVE this book. It kept me on my toes wanting to know who had drawn in The Guest Book each summer. Which one of the guys that Macy was talking to 21 years after the very first drawing. Macy prayed for God to send a guy into her life and God sent three, now which one was the right one? If you don't like books that draw you in and keep you hooked then you will not like this book. This book kept me guessing until the very last page!! I give this book 5 stars.

I was sent a copy of this book by Zondervan

About the Author

Marybeth Whalen is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries writing team and a regular contributor to their daily devotions, which reach over 350,000 people each day. Her first novel, The Mailbox, was released in June 2010. Her next novel, She Makes It Look Easy, was released in June 2011. Additionally, she serves as director of She Reads, Proverbs 31 Ministries' fiction division. Marybeth is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina


  1. How do u do such a great job...great review..this one has caught my eye..Id like to really win this one...

    1. James, don't you just love the cover? I think it was perfect!

    2. You WON James! I will mail you your book!

  2. Beautiful cover, and from your review a beautiful story! Thanks for the heads up on this one. I love books that based near water for some reason, maybe because I live in the Great Lakes State. It's just a draw for me.Thanks for another wonderful review, Mary! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

  3. I love this cover too! Mary another great review. If you say it is a page turner, I believe you!! Looking forward to reading this book.


  4. Great review! I have this one on my book shelf...I'll have to get to it :)

  5. I will have to check and see if the library has this book.It sounds great.I love the cover too.Just beautiful.Love the review.Thanks Mary