Review: 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?
Macy has a few too many men in her life. To start with her daughter’s father has returned bringing with him too many memories from the past. And then it’s time for vacation and with it comes three different men – all of whom have good and bad sides.
But one of them has to be the boy she exchanged drawings with for years until they stopped coming to this particular beach house for vacation. But the idea seems so odd that she can’t just come right out and ask them about it.
Which one is the right one?
Or are any of them?
Because there’s no one male protagonist, I won’t say which one – if any – is the right one. Unlike a traditional romance, any one of the male figures could be a good romantic partner for Macy, though by the time book ended, I had a clear choice in mind, but the author went a different direction. That said, I don’t think it was the *wrong* choice, just not the one I would have preferred. I’m quite sure there are plenty of readers who agreed with her choice.
That certainly won’t put me off from reading any of Ms. Whalen’s other books and I’d like to see what happens with the other guys in the love department. I do hope there is a sequel or two in the works, but either way, I’ll be happy to jump on board with whatever comes next.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10