Friday, February 21, 2014

Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate--Blog Tour/Giveaway and Review

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.

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My Review: *****--5 Stars
I loved the way this story went back and forth between historical times and modern day. The way the characters and storyline were woven together was brilliant! Lisa Wingate paints a vivid picture in the reader's mind with her descriptions--I could actually visualize the characters and the setting. As in any good mystery, there are characters that I just love to hate and others that I adore. As the mystery unraveled, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out who did it and what was going on. I thought it was very creatively done.

Allie had to learn to stand up for herself and fight from an early age. She was quite independent, yet she was also determined to please those around her, which seemed to be exhausting. Kim, her best friend, was very fickle. She seemed to wear rose colored glasses and would flit around doing what made her happy at the moment and wanted to check out when the going got tough. They were a good friend combination.

Content: a few instances of religious moments (not preachy); a small handful of cursing; some violence (talk of kidnappings, murders, etc); very few romantic situations. Clean!

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 BooklistĂ­s 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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Tour-Wide Giveaway
February 10 - March 2nd  US Only
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1 Winner, 1 Amazing Prize Pack:
   $50 Amazon Gift Card
   Print copy of Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate
   Handmade-by-author Prayer Box with notepads

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