Firefly Island, Moses Lake #3
Delightful style of writing
When reading Firefly Island I felt like the main character Mallory could have easily been me. A career driven woman with a family that loves her and a dream job that she is willing to leave all behind for a man she loves. I like the mystery behind the small town, Moses Lake, her laughable "honeymoon" destination that is her new home. She quickly finds out that small town like is no much different than the politics of Washington, D.C. where she came from. Mallory has to learn to TRUST, which is hard for her but in the end is part of the beautiful reward she receives.
I asked my friend Hannah to finish reading this book for me and write the review. I was only a third of the way thru the book (and enjoying it very much) when circumstances intervened that did not allow me to finish it in a timely manner. What I was able to read I found delightful and appreciated Lisa Wingate's style in bringing Mallory to life. No matter what your age and where you are in your life we all have doubts when starting a relationship and trust in God is what brings us thru. I recommend the book and hope you will make it a point to read it. I received a free copy from Bethany House for review.
September 9, 2013
what a lake
"Firefly Island" by Lisa Wingate is book #3 in the Moses Lake series. These books do not need to be read in order to be understood and enjoyed. I have read #2, but not #1. Moses Lake is a very dramatically charged lake. I have reviewed "Blue Moon Bay" and this is another politically dynamic novel. The story centers on the same area and some of the characters intermix, but are not main characters or even side characters; they are mentioned. Mallory is a working in DC when she meets Daniel on St Patrick's Day. It is love at first sight. Daniel, a single father, soon after the meeting, gets a job in Texas. In a whirlwind romance and engagement, they are married and living in Texas with their son, Nick, two months later. Mallory has a lot to learn about being on her own and living in the country. The more she learns, the more she realizes that something is going on on Moses Lake. She's just the woman to find out what.
This is a sort of Nancy Drew mystery for adults. It's got romance, (step)parenting, farm life, small town affairs, you name it. I really enjoyed this book. This make two A books for Wingate and I will now be adding her to my list of must-read authors. A-. I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers.
June 30, 2013
Political Intrigue Meets Romance
I can honestly say that IÃ¢ÂÂve never read a book quite like this one. When I read the description I figured this was just another romance novel, perhaps a unique take on it, but still a romance.
Young lobbyist accidentally meets a young environmental researcher and they fall in love. Causing her to leave the rigors of politics behind, following him and his six year old son to a once in a lifetime opportunity to do research. But very quickly, the romance becomes nearly secondary to the story. While the book mostly focuses on political intrigue there is definitely a flavor of thriller to it as well.
Mallory Hale is a classic high powered career woman but with uncharacteristic domestic yearnings. Daniel Everson is every inch the quiet, brooding but tender scientist. Top it off with DanielÃ¢ÂÂs young son Nick who is adorable though perhaps not entirely realistic, you canÃ¢ÂÂt help but love this trio. MalloryÃ¢ÂÂs attempts to become a wife and mother practically overnight in a small rural town where she knows no one is compelling and accessible. The minor characters of the locals fill out the cast and make me want to leave it all behind too and start over in Moses Lake.
Would I recommend it? Yes, itÃ¢ÂÂs definitely an unusual piece of fiction that is worth a read.
I was not compensated for this review but I did receive a free copy of the book to review.
May 18, 2013
Intriguing Contemporary Fiction!
In Firefly Island, Lisa Wingate once again takes the reader off on an intriguing, romantic journey to Moses Lake---beautiful in its isolation; with fresh water-scented air, a vast array of wildflowers blooming under huge oaks, horses, and bluebirds flitting about. A seemingly idyllic place to live, but shrouded in an aura of mystery.
Mallory Hale is use to the hustle and bustle of life on Capitol Hill, but a chance encounter with a green eyed, handsome man with the most winsome smile, changes the course of her life forever. After a whirlwind courtship, Mallory agrees to marry the man of her dreams, Daniel Everson, and start a new life with him and his stepson, Nick.
All too soon, Mallory finds her whole life swiftly changing as Daniel accepts a job in Moses Lake, Texas. Mallory quickly adapts to motherhood, but not to the bug and rat infested, nasty cabin she and her new family is expected to live in---nor the isolation of Moses Lake. As she meets the few residents of Moses Lake and hears rumors of a murder mystery surrounding Daniel's new boss...can Mallory find the courage to risk everthing to save the very place she isn't sure she wants in the first place?
This is my first novel by Lisa Wingate and what a truly talented and intelligent author she is. With realistic fleshed out characters, and an intriguing storyline this is a must read for all contemporary fiction lovers. The story is written in first person so the reader gets to feel what the heroine is actually going through and live the details of her everyday life. With the exception of adorable three year old Nick, I just didn't fall in love with any of the secondary characters. Liked them--yes...loved them--no. I just couldn't identify with any of them, I suppose, realistic though they were. But the main characters more than made up for that, and with an exciting conclusion, and a spiritual (but not overpowering) theme throughout, this book is one to put at the top of your TBR list! Nicely done, Lisa Wingate.
May 13, 2013