The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whelan

by Marybeth Whelan
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction
Source: NetGalley
In The Wishing Tree, Ivy Marshall, a savvy, determined woman, finds out her husband has cheated on her on the same day her sister’s perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to return to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her circumstances. When her return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina, brings her face to face with her former fiance, old feelings rise to the surface and she wonders if there is a future for them. However, her husband has started tweeting his apology to her and doesn’t want to give up on their marriage. As she helps prepare the wishing tree for her sister’s wedding, she must examine her own wishes for the future and decide what love should be.
(Image and Synopsis from NetGalley)


If ever a girl had a day when Murphy’s Law kicked in, Ivy Marshall had it the day her father tells her he’s closing the real estate office she’s been managing, she learns her husband has cheated on her, and her sister’s boyfriend promises his undying love to Ivy’s sister on national TV.

If all of this is not enough, Ivy’s mother calls request Ivy’s help in planning her sister’s wedding. Ivy isn’t quite up to being a wedding planner, especially with her current marital status hanging in the balance and not to mention the history behind her own wedding.

Yet a trip to her hometown is the perfect way to escape the detritus of a failing marriage. After all, things hadn’t been going well for some time with her husband, Elliott, and learning that he’s been cheating certainly seals the deal on their relationship.

After arriving in her hometown, Ivy doesn’t plan on running into her former fiance, nor does she expect the warm and fuzzy feelings she has for him. Also unexpected is Elliott’s sudden fascination with Twitter and announcing his apologies to Ivy to the world!

What’s a girl to do? Not much except patiently attempt to figure out who loves who and what her relationship is with the two men in her life.

To find out what the wishing tree is, you’ll have to read the book. I feel it might just give too much away.

Marybeth Whalen is a highly successful author, who writes well and masterfully develops believable characters.  But I became somewhat irritated with Ivy as the book progressed because of her lack of empathy for those around her and especially for the man she married who is honestly trying to right a wrong.

OK, Elliott has cheated on her. We all make mistakes, and yes, this is a horrendous mistake on his part. However, the farther I got into the book I could almost see why this all happened. Elliott’s efforts, via Twitter no less by a man who is not a social media guru, were incredibly supported by women and men of all ages.  And yet Ivy won’t give him a second chance.


If you like a good romance, you’ll love The Wishing Tree. For those looking for good Christian fiction, this is the book for you. For fans of Marybeth Whelan, she has done it again!


I received a free copy of The Wishing Tree from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Author PicMarybeth 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whelan

  1. It is always good to read a book with good moral values!


    • Sherrey Meyer July 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply

      It was a very enjoyable read. I’d read so many others lately that were either dark or depressing, I needed something that would at least have happy moments in it. This one did!


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