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.
Marybeth Mayhew Whelan’s ONLY EVER HER is a character-driven story set in a small town with family drama and a touch of mystery. Sounds intriguing, right?
Set in South Carolina, Annie Taft is days away from getting married and the wedding and it is going to be quite the affair. This is a tight knit community where everybody gossips, so when Annie vanishes everyone in the community speculates. Was there foul play or did she get cold feet? Annie is set to marry the perfect man, so what happened?
We follow multiple perspectives all pertaining to Annie. There are quite a few characters to follow but, by far, my favorites are Clary and Annie’s aunt Faye. They both have endearing personalities that I love. The book is a slow burn and takes a bit to get into but once you do, you’ll be hooked. Whelan is a master at writing a small town setting as you get a sense of what it’s like to live somewhere everyone knows each other. I enjoyed reading how the characters’ lives all intertwine because you know secrets are bound to come out. I recommend this book to any reader who enjoys contemporary style mysteries that focuses mainly on its characters. 3/5 stars.