This author brings us a wonderful romance that includes a mystery. This book is a combination of both contemporary and historical settings. It like to call it a story within a story which is very intriguing.
We are first introduced to Allie Kirkland, a beautiful young woman who is still dealing with the grief of suddenly loosing her father as a child. Throughout her life has always wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and work in the production aspect of the film industry. So, when the opportunity arrives to spend the summer as a production assistant on location, she jumps at the offer. The production is a reenactment of a frontier settlement, Wildwood, and the director wants the filming to be authentic to the point of the cast living in the settlement during the entire filming in character. The more Allies researches the town of Wildwood the more intrigued with it's history she becomes. Allie is excited about being a part of the crew until the director informs her he would like her to become part of the cast and star as the lead of Bonnie Rose. When the director shows her a picture of Bonnie Rose her resemblance was striking and prompts Allie to investigate the story even further.
This story is well thought out and intriguing from page one. I loved the characters, the imagery, and the plot. Not only do you get the contemporary life of Allie, but you get the historical point of view of Bonnie Rose as Allie researches. I found myself drawn to Allie and enjoyed watching her grow as a person, but also her caring about the past to want to get it right. I found myself cheering as each piece of the puzzles was revealed. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance or mystery. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
This story is really two stories, one in the present and one in 1861. They are connected when in the present Allie Kirkland, a film student, has a chance to work as a production assistant filming a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas. This is a dream come true for Allie, who would like to follow in her late father's footsteps as a director. This docudrama will be a reenactment of a legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood. Those who agree to spend the summer in the wilderness, either in the reenactment or part of the filming, must also agree to turn in all cell phones and have no contact with the "outside" world during their stay there. This is to give them a feel of how the people who lived there in 1861 really lived which will make the filming more realistic. Things go well for a time, then strange things begin to happen. Strange things very similar to those of 1861. Allie is not sure who she can trust. Should she stay and finish filming or leave before something terrible happens? Will there be a repeat of the events of 1861 with more disappearances?
In the real 1861 Wildwood there was lot of mystery surrounding the settlement. For one thing, the founder, Harland Delavan was someone who the people of the town feared. He ruled them as if he owned them and once there they never left. Circumstances would bring a young Irish girl, Bonnie Rose and her younger sister, Maggie May to Wildwood. They agreed to live there in hopes to forget their past, a past that was filled with heartache and shame. Bonnie is not sure even God will forgive her past. As young as she was, Bonnie was to be the new schoolteacher. She and her sister had a very small room in back of the school house. Once Bonnie and Maggie May arrived and settled in they begin to learn from long time residence that strange things occur in Wildwood. There were very mysterious disappearances and those who disappeared never came back. Evil seemed to lurk around every corner. Eventually Bonnie and everyone in Wildwood disappeared leaving the town empty.
This was a very interesting story. It jumps back and forth between the present and 1861 but I was able to follow the story lines. There is much mystery about this town and what happened to those who lived there. There are surprises along the way, suspense and romance.
~I won a copy of this book from the publisher for my review~
Wildwood Creek is another amazing success of Lisa Wingate. This is part of the Moses Lake series. It is quite a mystery, adventure, and a romance. The story revolves around two girls in two different centuries heading to the same destination. One girl is to be in a film about the girl from the past. It is intriguing to see how well Lisa does this. The characters are well written, and settings very descriptive. I look forward to cotinuing to read this authors works.
I received this book from the Book Network on exchange for my honest opinion.
The town of Wildwood Creek in Texas is the setting for a TV Docudrama where they recreate the town as it was in 1861 and will be living exactly like the people in that time really lived.
The story is wonderfully interwoven between Wildwood Creek in 1861 and Wildwood Creek today. Although it alternates between two time periods it was easy to read and keep up with due to the skillful writing of Lisa Wingate.
Allie Kirkland is trying to follow in her father's footsteps, who was famous in the film industry, by working behind the scenes. She and her friend Kim audition for jobs to work and act in the docudrama.
Bonnie Rose who had lead a tragic life applies for a job teaching in the town of Wildwood Creek in 1861 and travels there with her younger sister to start a new life.
Strange thing begin to happen and people are disappearing. What happened to the people? Will the mystery be solved? What happens to Bonnie Rose and her sister? How does the past effect Allie? Find out about Stewart a close friend of Allie's and Kim.
All of the characters are well written. It is a very imaginative story with mystery, intrigue, fictional history, danger, suspense and more. A surprise ending I did not pick up own at all. A great read.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.