About the book from Bethany House: For Seattle architect Heather Hampton, a trip back to tiny Moses Lake, Texas, is hardly in the plan. Yet because a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, Heather heads to the last place she ever wanted to go. She's determined to return home, signed contract in hand, the next day.
But the currents of Moses Lake take visitors on unexpected journeys. As Heather's stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to local banker Blaine Underhill, despite his opposition to Heather's project. With each new revelation and question, Heather can't help but wonder if the handsome banker--and the family she has come to know again--are crooks or crusaders. Somehow she must find out the truth before she loses everything she has worked for and everything she's found on the shores of Moses Lake.
My Thoughts: When I picked up Blue Moon Bay to begin reading, I thought, "What a delightful cover." Having grown up near the water, I could feel the breeze rippling through her wispy dress or ruffling her hair. So I cracked the cover and began reading. Well, I was a bit put-off by Heather and her impatience with being forced to return home because of an impending family property sale and it's interrelation to a big project she is working on in her employment. She has an attitude of "Let's just get this done and over with" and the same attitude seems to carry over to her finance and her interactions with him.
So I wasn't liking Heather very much. But then she arrives in Moses Lake, Texas, where she had spent a very unpleasant year or so and where her father had died she is engulfed with memories of past experiences and slights by people. As she deals with her past and who she actually is today, we meet some interesting and delightful characters. We soon see that Lisa Wingate is a master at character development.
You'll fall in love with the uncles with their funeral parlor and with Ruth, a Mennonite. When you learn Ruth's story, you will be nearly in tears. When you meet Blaine, a former classmate, you may swoon, you may say "Who does he think he is?", or you may say, "I see some real possibilities in him." But when you meet Clay, the brother, you'll wonder - just as Heather does.
Let's not forget, Roger! He'll slobber all over you or knock you down in his exuberance. Yep! He's the dog in the story and what a dog!
Moses Lake holds many secrets. Secrets of community. Secrets of family. Secrets that have harmed and still harm. It is a story of mystery and trust. It is a ride of discovery and a great read.
About the Author: Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, A Month of Summer, and The Summer Kitchen. Lisa and her family live in central Texas. Visit www.lisawingate.com
I love this cover! I love Lisa Wingate. She is that Southern Bell writer for me that takes me on vacation. Who wouldn't want to go to Moses Lake? She allows us to not only discover new places, but who we are inside. It's through her stories that life becomes a bit more transparent. We begin a journey of learning who we really are. I simply love that.
The currents are rough at Moses Lake when she arrives. She is living in the unexpected and ends up receiving all that she should have expected from God. This is one of those journeys of uncovering the truth. Sometimes taking a trip back is just what we need.
At Moses Lake we can learn that friendships, romance and family can all seem one way on the surface, but when we dig deeper, past all the rumors and memories, we find that what we thought true is not reality. Those folks we had troubles with can grow to be our closest friends and those of the past can often bring us to the person we have been created to be. That person was just hidden in the anger and bitterness, waiting to be freed.
You are missing out if you have not read a book penned by Lisa Wingate. I have enjoyed my time spent at Moses Lake. I know you will too.
This book was a gift from Bethany House for it's review.
I received "Blue Moon Bay" by Lisa Wingate for free from Bethany House Publishers. This is a story you have probably read or watched (movie version) before under another name. Weird girl makes good in business world, goes back to hometown, makes a mess of things and kisses the football hero she was in love with from high school. The reason it has been done so often is because it's a good storyline that never seems to get old. However, about halfway through this book things take a little different turn. Heather goes back to her home town to see her family and try to get them to sell the family property. She stands to make a lot of money in this deal. Her mom is flighty and strange. I never did grow to like her. Her uncles are great; hometown atmosphere is funny; and her brother and his dog make an adorable pair. Midway through the book, Ruth, Heather's babysitter from yesteryear, enters the story. This character is amazing, I wish more of the book centered on her. Heather (and the reader) is never really sure what is going on in the story til the end. There are secrets everywhere and no one will tell the truth. There is a big pivotal moment towards the end that I can't tell you about or it will spoil everything, which changes everything in Heather's life. I liked this book. Only thing I would change would be to incorporate Ruth in the story more.
Though I've never lived in Texas, I have lived on farms near small towns. Lisa Wingate's Blue Moon Bay brings back the memories of slow, small-town life where everyone knows everyone's business.
However, in Lisa's book, Blue Moon Bay, everyone doesn't know everyone's business when it comes to the Hampton family's questionable behaviors. Heather Hampton, a Seattle architect, living in big city Seattle and fast times must adjust her hasty lifestyle when she returns to Moses Lake, TX, in order to get her mother's signature for the sale of the home place for her firm's contract project and return the next day. However, her family deliberately won't tell her anything. She's totally unable to gather them all in one place to hash out the situation.
Lisa caught my eye and my heart from the first page of her book, Blue Moon Bay. I love her free-flowing style of writing, her in-depth characters, and the complicated and sometimes funny circumstances that Heather finds herself in as she travels to and arrives at Moses Lake, TX. The novel is laid out as a story of family grief, secrets, and conniving that seem to be connected to the local banker, Blaine Underhill, Heather's former high-school crush. Her family's apparent rejection of her and her presence at Moses Lake and their complicity in avoiding any communication with her is mind-boggling to her. She doesn't know if what they are doing is conniving or crooked. Toss in a clandestine romance, an overt courting, and suspense and the story is complete.
I found the small-town TX story absolutely intriguing. The "back-hills" family keeping the "high city roller" in the dark was done to perfection. The suspense added to the story as well as Heather's heart-breaking memories of her father's death and her mother and brother's flighty lifestyles. Will Heather ever be able to overcome her unrest over her father's death? Will she be able to forgive her mother and brother for their flighty, irresponsible behaviors? A great read! Be sure to pick up a copy!
This book was provided by Noelle Buss of Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.