Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Wildwood Creek" by Lisa Wingate

Bethany House

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.

Review:  My first impression was "here goes another book that jumps back and forth between characters and time zones!" Those are not my favorite stories because they can make it very hard to understand and keep everything straight. However, since I like a good mystery I thought I'd give this one a try. 

The events of Wildwood Creek are about 150 years apart, but both main characters from each separate storyline have a lot in common. Bonnie Rose and Allie Kirkland each lose their dear fathers at an early age which has a great impact on the development of their inner strength and on the young women they eventually become. Lisa Wingate does an excellent job intertwining the time zones so that they miraculously come together in the end. Allie's character takes you back in time to Wildwood Creek, where she makes discoveries about its people and also about herself! 

The book even has a surprise ending, so keep reading! I recommend reading this book. (Guest reviewer Mary P.G.)

About the author:  Selected among BOOKLIST'S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women's fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher's Weekly calls "Masterful" and ForeWord Magazine refers to as "Filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing.” Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and the author of over over twenty novels and countless magazine pieces.

Her books have held positions on many bestseller lists, both in the U.S. and internationally. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, a Christianity Today Book Award nominee, an Inspy Award nominee, a two-time Carol Award winner, a LORIES Best Fiction Award winner, and a Utah Library Award winner. 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.  Visit Lisa at her website:

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy "Wildwood Creek" from Bethany House a Division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

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