3/20/14

Wildwood Creek - Lisa Wingate

5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father's unfinished destiny. When she's offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.

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

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. 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. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at www.Lisawingate.com 

MY REVIEW -
LOOOOOOOVE!!!!! There were so  many things I loved about this book! First - Lisa Wingate is an amazing author. She is one of my favorites but honestly everytime I read one of her books she creeps higher and higher up my list. I have read several of her books and every one I read is better than the last.

This book takes turns between 1861 and present day, and it is expertly done! You really feel like you are transported back and forth in time. At first I thought I was going to love the historical parts much better than the "today parts" - not true! I loved them both.
There was excellent character development as Lisa always does in her books. I loved all the characters from 1861 on through the present. I really felt like I knew them; I could picture them.

This story was just so interesting. I was really "into" it. It was so suspenseful. This was really "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" writing. Even more than half way through I didn't have anything figured out yet. And then the ending - wow! that was a shocker! I totally didn't suspect a thing in either the present day or the past.

Lisa Wingate is considered a Christian fiction writer but really I think anyone would enjoy this book. It is just a great suspenseful read.

Thank you so much Bethany House for sending me this great book to read and review!

Sorry folks - no giveaway! I am keeping this one for my Lisa Wingate collection!

You can get your copy from -
Amazon - HERE
B&N - HERE

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