I loved this book which parallels the lives of Bonnie Rose in pre-Civil War Texas with Allie in present day.
Allie's a grad student working behind the scenes, and then as a character on a new reality show based on a long-lost town called Wildwood Creek. As she researches the town, she becomes interested in learning the truth of the town and whatever happened to Bonnie Rose. As she journeys through the reality show, she finds love, finds out how to survive, and learns how to let her Faith guide her through a difficult trauma.
Bonnie Rose is a teacher who's life has been hard since her family came from Ireland. Given a second chance for a good life, Wildwood Creek is not what she expects. There are secrets, horrors, and she must learn to survive once again. Eventually, she's able to escape and save the children. In the end, she is finally reunited with her true love.
Both Allie and Bonnie Rose must learn to navigate the unknown and survive in their own ways. Relying on inner strength and determination, combined with Faith, they find their way in this world.
Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate is a novel set in both a historical period as well as a current one. If you enjoy a novel that switches back in time into the present, you will enjoy it.
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The author is a good writer and having read other books by her I was somewhat disappointed in this one. It is confusing until you catch on to what is happening. One chapter is current and the other historical.
It involves history, mystery, film making, and adventure.
The main character is Allie who is so excited when she gets the job in film making. Bonnie Rose is the character of 1861. How could they possibly be alike or have a connection? Buy the book if you like historical fiction.
Does fate bring this all together?
Lisa Wingate is a very good author. I do like mysteries but the historical part could have been omitted for me. Others have just loved this book, so buy it from CBD. They have a great price and excellent service.
Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate is the story of two women who have connections to Wildwood, only one lived more than a hundred years later than the other. Allie Kirkland wants to follow her father into the production part of the film industry. It is her dream. This dream is well within reach when she kinds a job for a film re-enacting the legendary story of Wildwood.
Bonnie Rose, in 1861, is living in Wildwood. She has signed up to be the teacher there so she can care for her and her sister. She soon realizes that the residents are not safe. Strange things occur leading to her and her sister among others fleeing and abandoning Wildwood. I wasn't sure about this read when I began; I found it a bit difficult to follow. However, it didn't take long at all to catch on and really get caught up in the lives of these two women. They are both wonderful like-able characters, and it's so interesting to read the differences in the time periods. This book was well written with no slow or dragging parts. I could not put this down, and I ended up staying up way past my bedtime to finish it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As it was my first novel to read by Lisa Wingate, I am very much looking forward to reading more of her writings. I'd give this four and a half stars if it were possible. I highly recommend this read. Two great stories in one well woven novel!
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Intent on following in the footsteps of her deceased father and his career as a movie director, Allie Kirkland eagerly accepts a summer position as a production assistant for the reenactment film of an 1861 ghost town known as Wildwood. The location and details pertaining to the reenactment are strictly confidential, and security is tight for the cast and crew. Bizarre events cause Allie concern, but she brushes them aside in order to fulfill the enormous demands of her job.
A historic parallel story characterizing Bonnie Rose, hired as teacher to the children in Wildwood is told concurrently. We are transported back in time to 1861, and the events that ensue. Shifting from the historic events that surround Bonnie Rose to the modern-day reenactment of the strange and haunting town give credence to questionable developments that occurred so many years ago.
As the cast and crew begin their training on site Allie is solicited to replace the original actress selected to play the part of Bonnie Rose. Far from her dreams of spending the summer in production, Allie complies and accepts her responsibilities in her new role as actor/teacher. Unexplained and mysterious circumstances occur as the reenactment proceeds. Are there ghosts from the past haunting the locale, or is Allie's imagination playing with her senses?
The coinciding stories of 1861 Wildwood and present day activities in the recreated town are composed with creativity and depth. Lisa Wingate has researched her subject matter to the point that the reader becomes engrossed in history and drama, injected with mystique, intrigue and suspense. The fourth in the Moses Lake series, this book stands on its own merits, and does not rely on past books in the series. The author has generated a highly imaginative and spellbinding legend interwoven with the elements of a modern-day thriller, blending the two into a very successful suspense-filled narrative. I found it difficult setting this book aside; however, reading into the wee hours of the morning created a few alerts to the creaking sounds in this old house. Pick up a copy of Wildwood Creek, make yourself comfortable and leave a few lights burning if you plan to read this book very far into the night!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through The Book Club Network's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I just love any book written by Lisa Wingate! I gave this one a 5/5 stars. You will not want to stop reading by the time you are done with chapter one! There is a lot going on but it is so well written that all the subplots and main plots come to a wonderful conclusion. I really enjoyed the main characters and thought their personalities were intriguing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has never read a Lisa Wingate book! I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story that is not just a quick romance or mystery but a real story about captivating characters.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.