After reading Wingate's first book in this series, Larkspur Cove, I was anxious to get to this second book. I wasn't disappointed. Wingate has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend this series!
I usually am a historical fiction snob...I like to learn a little bit about the culture of the different time periods that the books are set in...I particularly like to read about the fashion, rules of society...and customs that transport me to a different time and place. When asked to review Blue Moon Bay, I knew that this novel was set in present day and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself immersed in the culture of small town, Moses Lake. Having grown up in a small town myself, I found myself identifying with the secondary characters and really enjoying the interplay between them.
Heather Hampton always felt out of place, and like the school 'freak'. Her father was murdered and she is haunted by the fact that she witnessed the horrible scene. As soon as she was able she moved to the city and began her career and was feeling really settled in her big city life when her professional and personal life collide. The sale of family real estate will further her career and her mother and brother seem set on hindering the progress of the deal. Heather decides that she must return to the town she has spent most of her life trying to forget to convince her family to sell the property. Once back in town, Heathers path collides with the handsome banker, Blain Underhill, the high school football player she spent most of the past trying to forget. The swirling waters of Moses lake brings change with the wind as a sense of mystery pervades over the last few chapters. I must say the ending was very intriguing and much different than I would have guessed!
I would recommend this book, and give it 4 stars! I was given this book for purpose of review from Bethany House Publishers. I am under no obligation to give a positive review.
What I enjoy most in the books written by Lisa Wingate is the way she can make them connect to your life. In Blue Moon Bay we are connected to her characters in many ways - challenges when dealing with family members, challenges with events from our youth, challenges with work, friends, or finding our place in the world. More than once as I read the book I had to stop and think about a point that was being made about love or relationships and consider how I might take that to heart in my own life. She may not have a lot of plot lines like popular crime novels or thrillers, but her plot lines go deep and strike a chord in her reader. When I am still thinking about a point made in a book long after I've put it down, you know that book has made a difference. I encourage everyone to read Blue Moon Bay - it's interesting, fun, poignant, and has a great twist to the ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Moses Lake, Texas. Lisa writes with feeling and good detail. Her characters come to life on the page and draw you into the story. The book has a little romance, some mystery and enough action to keep you turning the pages. There are a few twists that will surprise you. I would definately recommend this book as well as her first one in the Blue Moon Bay series Larkspur Cove.
- a quote shared with Heather Hampton the main character by her father.
You looking for family drama, romantic confusion, a wise elderly Mennonite woman named Ruth, and more? (I don't want to keep going because I was surprised at everything that occurred toward the end of the book. So I don't want to spoil it for you!) Then look no further. Pick up your copy of Lisa Wingate's Blue Moon Bay today! Actually since it is the second book of Moses Lake series, I would suggest checking out the first book, Larkspur Cove. However, I found that I was able to read Blue Moon Bay without feeling lost even though it was a little slow at times.
I was very impressed with how Blue Moon Bay grabbed my attention. When I started this book I didn't have time to read often - due to family circumstances and other obligations. This usually makes it hard to get in to a story. You know what I mean? However, Lisa Wingate's story and characters held my attention even with the little bit of time I was able to spend in it. Heather Hampton, her family, and Blaine Underhill (a local banker and Heather's former crush in high school) were layered characters. We get to know the real them the more we get into the book. I wouldn't mind going back to the first book to see what I missed.
Here's a great quote on family towards the end of the book:
"I'd been so busy focusing on my self-determined parameters of what I felt my family should be, that I'd missed the beauty of what they actually were - fragile, flawed, heroic, imperfect, champions of lost causes. Each with things to learn and things to teach. God had knit us together like plantings in a garden - wild and unique above ground, blooming in different ways at different times, the roots intertwined deep beneath the soil."
Very beautiful and true!
Disclosure: I received the book free from Bethany House Book Reviewers' program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.