In her late 30's and newly divorced, Andrea Henderson is put in a position where she has to rely on her parents assistance to get back on her feet while living in their vacation home in Moses Lake, Texas. Attempting to rebuild a life for herself and her fourteen -year-old son, Dustin, Andrea is struggling in her new career as social worker/counselor while licking her wounds that could be deeper than she expects.
Wingate used first person style through the two main character's POV in back to back chapters. (Mart/Andrea/Mart/Andrea_) In this reader's opinion, Mart McLendon's back story could be developed a little clearer, but overall I enjoyed the POV switch style.
I like how the author gradually unwinds the story about Mart and Andrea working together to solve the mystery around the little girl in the care of the bachelor older man living in the woods. She mixes it with the right amount of romance and healing of past love wounds, and sprinkles it all with believable secondary characters.
I appreciate Bethany House giving me the opportunity to read and review Larkspur Cove, a book worth reading.
This is the first novel I've read by Lisa Wingate, and it is very good. The book comes alive with the sounds and feel of its setting. Colorful secondary characters are not too intrusive upon the main storyline. But best of all is the way the author develops the romance between the main characters. I don't care for her choice of the male lead character's name (same as the regional transit system) but he is, in my opinion, one of the best developed characters and quiet heroes I've encountered in Christian literature. Thank you Bethany House for providing me a free copy so that I could read and review it. It's been a pleasure!
When everything seems to fall apart in her life, Andrea Henderson moves back to Moses Lake. Andrea has recently gone through a divorce and is trying to raise her teenage son, Dustin, on her own. Andrea is a case worker for Child Protection Services. She loves her job and helping children and their families. But she can't seem to be able to help her own son. Dustin is still angry over the divorce and would rather spend time with his dad instead of living with his mom. The problem is his dad does not feel the same way. Dustin acts out and finds himself in trouble with the local Game Warden, Mart. Andrea and Mart work out a plan that will keep Dustin out of trouble and Dustin soon finds a friend in Mart. Andrea and Mart start working on a strange case trying to find out who a mysterious young girl is and why she is living with the town recluse. The more time Andrea and Mart spend together, the more they realize they love each other. Will there pasts keep them apart? I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.
If you've never read a book by Lisa Wingate before, you are missing out. One of the things she is truly gifted at is making a setting come alive. Each book I've read has a place that becomes a character itself -- it has its own special feeling, rhythm, atmosphere... magic about it. I feel like I've been to Moses Lake and know the people there after reading this book. That's a special gift.
The story has powerful messages of forgiveness, acceptance and healing without being preachy. Andrea and Mart are both realistic and like able. Andrea's relationship with her son also feels real - as do his struggles. This book is not as funny as her Daily, Texas series, but it will tug at your heart and make you fall in love with the characters. When you close the back cover it's the very essence of bittersweet. You feel like everything is just as it should be, but you're sad to see it end.
I want to thank Bethany House for my copy though it did not influence my review.
I will have to say when I first received this book for a review it took awhile to get into it, I kept putting it down and reading something else. However something always made me go back to it and I'm glad I did the book was great once you got past a slow start. This book was a book that was light on the romance, light on the mystery but kept you quessing and hoping. This would make a great book to add to your summer reading list.
thank you bethany house for allowing me to review this book