I REALLY enjoyed this book and Lisa Wingate has quickly become one of my new favorites! I enjoyed the element of mystery in her story and found her message to be inspiring. I would highly recommend this book and the second in the series--Blue Moon Bay.
When I first picked up "Larkspur Cove" I didn't know what to expect because I have not read any of Lisa's books prior. However I was pleasantly surprised! It was powerfully written with great details about Moses Lake, Texas (makes me want to visit!) as well as the characters emotions! The book was also very heart-felt!
I thoroughly enjoyed learning the ins and outs of a game warden as well as licensed professional counselors (who go four wheeling to get to clients in flooded areas!) because I did not know much about either! I also really enjoyed learning about Moses Lake, Texas! It sounds like a wonderful place to live with a beautiful, scenic environment!
One of the things I loved the most about this story was Birdie's situation and learning about other children who were in similar situations of previous (or current) abuse! It was so heartbreaking near the end to see what kind of abuse Birdie was experiencing before she moved in with her grandfather! Andrea also stirred my heart in how to parent her son as a single mom! Her story really helped open my eyes to women who are struggling as a single mom in raising their children because I realized maybe I judge too harshly on these amazing women. I have no idea what's it like to raise a child by yourself without a spouse and who I am to "point fingers" at their situation! I came to see that I need to be more like Rev. Hay and reach out a helping hand like he did with Len rather then talking about how they need help! God wants to use the people around them which includes me! Mart's story was good too because I could definitely relate to living in the past; wishing you could have changed things or been there to stop a tragic event.
Something else i really appreciated about Lisa's writing is the balance she has! When I was starting to think about if another character would come back in the picture, they did! She knew how to bring in and bring out any certain character while making the story flow wonderfully!
Overall, Lisa's book was great, but is it definitely a deep book that deals with tough topics that society had! However you can see God's grace working in every situation (no matter how dark the circumstances might be and Andrea's story shows the proof).
One of my favorite quotes from this novel is "Joy, I realized, isn't so much a circumstance you find yourself in but a choice you make." What a powerful truth and out of many that Lisa mentions in "Larkspur Cove"!
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The main characters in this book are Andrea Henderson and Warden Mart McClendon. Andrea moves to Moses Lake with her son Dustin to build a new life. Dustin is really bitter and very hurt over the divorce of his Mom and Dad. His life has been uprooted and he isn't the least bit happy. Andrea tries her best to make a living for her and Dustin. He has shut her out of his life and she can't seem to reach him.
Mart ends up in Moses Lake to try to forget the death of his brother and nephew. He feels he is to blame for the accident. He can't or will not forgive himself.
A little girl named Birdie enters the picture and Andrea and Mart team up together to find out who she is and where she came from. That being said, the suspense begins.
Lisa Wingate does an excellent job of going back and forth in the chapters between Andrea and Mart. One never gets lost because it is so well done.
This book is about love, forgiving each other, forgiving oneself, and new beginnings. It is about leaving the past behind and moving forward. It is about God's Love, Mercy and Grace.
Larkspur Cove is the first book that I have read by Lisa Wingate. I am hooked and I am looking forward to reading other books written by her.
Thank you Lisa for writing a good clean book that I would not be ashamed to read or pass along to family or church family. You have a God given talent and may God Bless You!
After living in Houston for years Andrea Henderson finds herself coming home to Larkspur Cove across from Moses Lake, Texas, an area familiar to her but completely foreign to her son Dustin. Andrea is trying to make a new life for her and Dustin after a painful divorce; unfortunately her new job requires daily travel into godforsaken areas leaving Dustin on his own. Andrea trusts Dustin on his own; he has always been a good responsible young boy, however divorce does sometimes have a negative effect on children. Andrea realizes exactly what kind of effect it is having on Dustin when Mart McClendon the game warden shows up early one morning after Dustin had been in some trouble on the lake. Dustin did not quite tell his mom just how much trouble he was in or what his choices of punishment were. Andrea and Mart find themselves on the same side of the law when they begin searching for the identity of a homely little girl who is keeping company with the town recluse.
Will Dustin ever recover from his parents' divorce or will he find himself in constant trouble? Will Andrea and Mart find the identity and the truth about the little girl? Does Mart ever face his painful memories that he has been running from? Do Andrea and Mart ever find happiness again? Find the answers to these questions and many more in Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate.
I enjoyed this book. It was a very fast paced book and there was a lot going on. It was hard to put it down.
I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.