Alice J. Wisler's "A Wedding Invitation" is more than just a tale of a wedding, but a tale of new love, and a reconnection with a love from the past and family relationships.
Samantha received a wedding invitation in the mail on a cold, blustery night and the outer envelope is blown away. Upon arriving at the wedding and not knowing anyone, not even the bride who she thought was her college friend, Samantha ponders her options. Deciding to stay, Samantha spends quite a bit of time with another guest, Taylor, and this begins a relationship between the two. Samantha also reconnects with Carson, another teacher with whom she worked years ago at a refugee camp. Carson brings back memories for Samantha and also past hurts. Meeting up with a former student forces not only Samantha and Carson to work together, but these two along with Taylor.
This story has many layers to it. Samantha and her mother work together in her mother's high-class clothing boutique. There relationship is a large part of this story as well as Samantha's relationship with her Aunt Dovie. The differences between the aunt and mother are interesting as well. The book goes between the present time in the story (1993) and 1985 when Samantha and Conner are working together. The past adds much to the story and gives a lot of extra insight into their relationship and why it is what it is. This is a well-written and well-developed story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review*