Friday, February 14, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: 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.

I love a good mystery and this book delivered! There are two stories being told, one about Bonnie Rose who lived in 1861 and the other is Allie Kirkland in the present day. Bonnie Rose has had a tough life. She's 18 years old and the only family she has left is her 9-year-old sister Maggie May. She's trying to make life better for both of them and she is able to secure a position as a schoolteacher in Wildwood, Texas.

Allie Kirkland is living in Texas, trying to make a life for herself away from her family in Arizona. She and her best friend, Kim, are trying to get in the newest Mysterious History docudrama miniseries. Kim wants to be a cast member and Allie wants the production assistant's job. They are able to both get on and the details of where exactly they'll be going haven't yet been revealed but they know they'll be gone for three months. 

The first part of the book is Allie and Kim's preparations to head out into the wilderness. There are classes to take and lots of organizing to be done. Allie meets mystery man Blake Fulton who is positive he's part of the production but doesn't show up to any mandatory meetings. Who exactly is he? She also ends up being offered a different part in the production which changes things drastically for her.

This is a great mix between Bonnie Rose's life in Wildwood and Allie's summer working on a re-enactment. Something strange happened in Wildwood many years ago and Allie starts digging to find answers. She and Bonnie Rose have a lot in common and not all of it is good. Will Allie be able to figure things out before it's too late? The ending is suspenseful and the reveal surprising.

My only complaint about this is that it's labeled as Christian Romance and I personally thought it was very light on the romance. I would refer to it as a mystery (the small amount of romance would be a bonus!). It is also possible that I was expecting more since I read it close to Valentine's Day. That said, it's clean and it's an intriguing story and one I highly recommend reading!

My Rating=4.5 Stars

Bethany House

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.

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Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the review, thank you.


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