Andrea and her son moved to Larkspur Cove to live in her parent's lake house after her divorce. Mart moved to Moses Lake to hide from the difficult times after losing his brother and niece. Neither wanted a relationship, neither wanted to bring up the past. But when circumstances drew them together, everything started to change. Can Andrea let go of her past divorce, and be comfortable letting Mart in her life, as well as her son's life? And can Mart overcome the hurt and grief of losing his family members? I really like the chemistry between Mart and Andrea throughout the book. It makes you just want t keep reading, and cheering them on!
I loved the characters, Pop Dorsey and his daughter Shelia at the Waterbird Bait and Grocery, those who hung out at the little store playing checkers and such, Andrea's co-workers, and especially Len and Birdie. I grew to really love Len, and his love for Birdie warmed my heart. The way he took her in, doing the best he knew how to take care of her, the way she showed her love for him was something we don't see often in our lives. I loved seeing the community pulled together to help, fixing up his house, cleaning, painting, and whatever needed doing. The way they helped with Birdie's school clothes and supplies, and other ways just to keep Social Services from taking her.
I love the author shows what can happen when we find the best in people instead of judging. And also the examples she gave us of how God is working in our lives, even when we think He has forgotten us and the difficult things we are going through.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction! The only complaint I have about this book is that it ended too soon! But I did find out that the sequel to Larkspur Cove_.Blue Moon Bay is coming out in February 2012. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Andrea Henderson moves to her family's vacation home in Moses Lake, Texas after surviving the worst year of her life. She is recently divorced. Her former husband was a Vice Chancellor at a Christian College when she discovered he had been having an affair and had embezzled funds from the college to pay for his girlfriends' new apartment full of furniture. Her son Dustin is also having a hard time adjusting to his new surroundings where he knows no one. He gets in trouble with the Game Warden, Mart McClendon, trying to be one of the crowd.
Mart is also in Moses Lake to try to overcome his past. He blames himself for the death of his brother and nephew. Mart and Andrea get off to a stormy beginning when Mart shows up to discuss Dustin. Mart and Andrea come in contact as Andrea starts her job as a counselor for Children and Family Services. Reports begin to surface around town about a mysterious little girl. As Mart and Andrea begin to search for the little girl, they soon discover an interest in each other outside of work.
This story deals with the heartbreak of divorce and the consequences that result. Dustin feels abandoned and starts acting out. Andrea has trouble trusting anyone. She also turns her back on God because she feels He has abandoned her.
I would recommend this book to anyone. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing to give an honest review. I was not paid in any way for this review.
I had so much fun reading Talk of the Town by Lisa that when an opportunity came to read her newest book I jumped at the chance at receiving a review copy. When I dove into Lakespur Cove I discovered a depth and richness in Lisa's writing I hadn't experience before. I was pleasantly surprised and amused by her complex characters and the community at Moses Lake. Moses Lake was as much a character in the book as the main characters Mart and Andrea were. I enjoyed them all.
Game Warden Mart meets Andrea for the first time in an official capacity when her teenage son ends up in trouble and faces the consequence of paying a fine or taking water safety classes. Neither has a good first impression of the other and don't care to talk ever again.
On their second official meeting each gets to see each other in a different light. Andrea tells the Warden of a little girl she feels might be neglected. She encountered the girl while stuck with a flat tire on the side of the road in the woods. The towns' people have reported the same to Mart he goes to investigate. Andrea insists she go with him. She is a social workerand is familiar with handling tough situations like this (or so she thought!)
At first glance this situation with the young girl seems like foul play but the Game Warden checks deeper to uncover some very interesting facts about Len and his past. The Reverend and people in the community pull together to help Len, who's a high functioning mentally challenged man, follow the rules of society concerning this girl and taking care of wild animal life at his home. I love how Lisa puts this aspect in the story. It's the way I'd hope people would respond, not pie in the sky but caring and transparent.
Lisa and Game Warden Mart move back to Moses Lake for completely different reasons. Both are pleasantly surprised at what they find there. Mart says, "There's something about Moses Lake that changes people. It's anybody's guess as to why that is_.the hills, and the draws, and the water, and the people piece together like an old quilt, wrapping around, comfortable and warm. Safe. You just know you're in the right place. You feel it deep in your soul."
I got that feeling reading this novel. Colleen Coble said, "After reading Larkspur Cover, I wanted to pack and move to Moses Lake, " Me too!
This author has blossomed and grown in her writing and does great job of having the characters become family in your heart. Near the end of the novel unexpected, suspenseful events occur that will keep you on the end of your seat. I wasn't quite sure how this would end. I liked that. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the unique situation. I liked learning about what a Game Warden does in his daily work routine. I had no idea! Larkspur Cove was a special adventure! I look forward to reading more of Lisa Wingates books, you will too!
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Written in the first-person voices of the two main characters: Andrea Henderson and Mart McClendon, and alternating every other chapter keeps the story line moving at a good pace. By switching back and forth from Andrea to Mart, the reader gains a deeper understanding. It's fun watching romance blossom while the characters move one step forward, two backward.
The author is spot on with the tension between Andrea and her teenage son, Dustin, as he begins to test the rules. I remember, as a mom of a teenage boy, worrying about many of the same thoughts as Andrea when Dustin first gets into trouble and later when he meets a pretty girl.
The ending came too quickly; I wanted it to go on and on. Perhaps the author will write a sequel so that we can follow the adventures of Birdie.
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Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
In the midst of real life sorrows, adventures, and challenges, hope emerges strongly. Lisa Wingate offers us characters like us, like our friends and family. New beginnings, community support, and lessons learned inspire us all to step out and step up in our own lives. Readers will be delighted.