Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate


There is a mystery in Wildwood Creek's history, a mystery that affects Allie's present...


Wildwood CreekWildwood Creek
by Lisa Wingate
Christian Romance
Paperback, 384 pages
February 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the folk songs of Chinquapin Peaks. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.

When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.



Lisa Wingate Author PictureLisa Wingate is a journalist, inspirational speaker, reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and the author of over twenty novels.  Her novels combine elements of history, romance, mystery, and women's fiction with nuggets of Southern culture, from the sublime to the humorous. She is a seven-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, a Christianity Today Book Award nominee, an Inspy Award nominee, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her works have been selected for Booklist’s Top Ten List in 2012 and in 2013. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.



REVIEW

I quite enjoyed this book, the characters, the plot, the mystery, everything really.  Allie and Bonnie Rose are both sympathetic characters with some tragedies in their past that make it hard for them to see their own worth. I especially enjoyed how the author interwove the two stories together. Allie, living in the present day, must contend with leftover feelings from her father's death, a mother and stepfather who want to control her life, and a new boss who hates her.  Bonnie Rose, living in 1861, must deal with the loss of her family and the horrid memories from 10 months as a captive of a group of Comanche as well as take care of herself and her little sister.  The two stories intersect around the town of Wildwood, a boom town that disappeared amidst much speculation and mystery. I found myself very much rooting for both Allie and Bonnie as they faced unkind treatment while pursuing a dream, holding on to hope despite everything. Recommended for those who enjoy a story of mystery and love.

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   $50 Amazon Gift Card
   Print copy of Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate
   Handmade-by-author Prayer Box with notepads


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1 comment:

  1. Great review, thank you.

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