I am a "regular Christian fiction reader", not reading for reviewing purposes or other such designations. This is probably my 4th or 5th Lisa Wingate novel, and it lives-up-to the excellency of the earlier novels I have read from Ms. Wingate.
I won't take additional time summarizing the storyline (as other reviewers have previously done), but will simply say that this was a riveting read - there was an underlying mystery going on throughout the book that really held my interest and curiousity. I also appreciated the main character's (Heather's) growth in assessing the importance of family vs dedication to career, her consideration and growing realization that God DOES care for her, and her sense of humor. There is a touch of romance in the book, but it's not over-bearing, so I think this book could be enjoyed by male readers (like my husband) who don't tend to want a heavy romantic theme.
I would like to ask Ms. Wingate, though, about one "conflict" that I found while reading. On page 295, Heather tells Clay that she is driving to the Waco airport and will "leave the car locked at the airport w/ the keys under the seat." Then, on page 314 (after a conversation with Richard and a change-of-heart about getting on the airplane), Heather leaves the gate area and returns to the car , intending to head back to the town of Moses Lake. The text reads, "After throwing my belongings into the car, ...." I am wondering how in the world she managed to get back into the car, after she had locked the keys under the seat? She had said to Clay (on page 295) that "You and Mom can just bring an extra key and pick it up, okay? That will be easiest." So, I don't think Heather herself was carrying the extra key....anyway, this is not crucial to the story, but maybe a loose end that the author forgot to set-up properly.
Lisa Wingate has taken the mess that often makes up families, mixed in misunderstandings and complicated relationships and bits of humour, and birthed a moving story of hope and reconciliation and new beginnings. Her characters breathe with life, inviting you into their hearts and their dreams, their pasts and their futures. The writing is beautiful and filled with grace, accompanied by a mystery I wasn't even expecting, along with twists and turns in the story. I love the wit sprinkled throughout the novel, such as when the author describes Heather's homecoming where Heather contemplates to herself "I was conscious of everyone surreptitiously watching me and maintaining their positions, in the way members of the bomb squad might gather around a suspicious package".
Expect to be entertained, but also expect to re-examine your own priorities in life and be reminded of what really matters, that God has a far richer plan than what you might be striving after.
I highly recommend this engaging book, and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Heather Hampton has felt she has accomplished much in her life since leaving the town of Moses Lake and working as a successful architect in Seattle. Just when she is about to finally get her dream project, her family throws a wrench into her plans to acquire the property from her family surrounding Moses Lake. This will enable many people to finally find work in a small town that hasn't grown much over the years since she has left. Only now on the verge of signing the papers, her mother tells her that they are considering another bidder on the property.
Feeling a bit more than frustrated, she flies home in hopes of talking some sense into her mother, and expediting the sale of the property. When she arrives in Moses Lake, she is in for a huge surprise. First she is delayed on her flight into Texas and has to relying on the kindness of a dentist she meets that is rushing home for his anniversary and offers her a ride. Second, she leaves her purse behind on the bus and with it her identification, her Iphone that she can't live without, and all her money and credit cards. Third, a phone call at the airport to her boyfriend Richard, leaves her with the impression that her relationship with him is in jeopardy especially since she leaves just days before his birthday with no idea she was missing it. Last, going back to Moses Lake isn't something she ever wanted to do again since it held so many bad memories for her.
Now that she arrives in Moses Lake, a lot more than just a little needy, she soon learns that her family has other plans for what to do with the property and that will completely upset the life that Heather had hoped for and her plans for a better life.
I received, Blue Moon Bay Lisa Wingate compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say I could find myself transported back to Moses Lake with Heather. That to me is a sign of a great book if I can feel myself in the setting and walking in the characters shoes. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars! The story is definitely believable and one worth a look at!
Blue Moon Bay has it all! Romance, mystery, life decisions, family relationships including a brother/sister and a mother/daughter struggle. I love the lakeside, small town setting. Wingate weaves it all together into a story you won't forget and characters you yearn to sit down and chat with. You just get so immersed in her books. I have to make sure I have lots of reading time when I start one because she writes such page-turners.