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.
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Wildwood Creek is another stunning success by Lisa Wingate. Book Three in the Moses Lake Series does not disappoint. In a great tale with suspenseful twists and turns, Ms. Wingate weaves the story of two young women whose lives could not be more opposite. However, both must make decisions to move their lives into the future without the support or encouragement they need.
Allie, is breaking into the entertainment industry with only the support of her best friend. Allie's family finds her choices ridiculous and a waste of her life. But she clings to the memory of her father's work in production and she moves toward her dream. Nothing is easy though and Allie is paired with a strange, domineering boss who is unwilling to cut her any breaks. Through a turn of events Allie finds herself moving from an assistant in production to an actress on the set of the reality show being filmed about Wildwood Creek.
Saying goodbye to the conveniences of everyday life, Allie jumps into the pioneer life and slowly becomes connected to her character Bonnie Rose. Allie longs to understand how this young teacher could be blamed for the disappearance of an entire city and wants to set the record straight.
Bonnie Rose, a young woman in 1861 who has faced horrors and carries scars too deep for discussion, tries to make a new life for herself and her little sister, Maggie May. The decision means travel over treacherous waters and land. Along the way, Bonnie strains to keep her past a secret to allow a new beginning for herself and a future for Maggie May.
The future is not easily acquired when the place for a fresh start is filled with evil and secrets.
And so the tale of Wildwood Creek develops into suspenseful mystery with intriguing characters and a nail-biting plot. A fantastic read!
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Lisa Wingate is a wonderful author who puts a lot of thought, time and research into her books, and this one was no exception. As a history buff, I particularly liked how this book went back and forth between 1861 and present day. Whole chapters were set in one time period or another, but they did not alternate - sometimes you may have several chapters in one setting or the other. With reality TV such a big part of what I watch, this had a great twist for me as the main character had a part in a reality show. Even though it didn't go into great detail in regards to the filming, there was enough to really give you a taste of what it would be like to be in the cast. There was a little romance thrown in, an historical mystery, plus the give and take of relationships, be it roommates, peers, or boss/subordinate. An all-around great book set in Texas (one of my favorite places to visit!), that grips you from page one until the end. You do not want to miss this opportunity to read another awesome literary work from Lisa Wingate - buy it today!
Two complete parallel story lines, one in the past and one in the present, make this historical romantic fiction a unique and intriguing book to read. Its heights and depths kept me interested to the end.
The prologue set the tone of the book from the beginning. The reader is introduced to Bonnie Rose O'Brian of 1861. She presents her packet of letters and credentials obtained from the missionaries and minister who have trained her to teach to the man behind the desk. When she looks up she notices that "his eyes are dark, deep...cold as winter nights in Chicago. He sees in me a whore in his saloon, not a teacher for his school. There is none of the grace of our Lord in this man. The position he is offering is one of few a girl soiled as myself might be considered for." But she signs the contract as Bonnie Rose, and at his urging leaves her surname, O'Brian, behind in the past. She would begin a new life for herself and her sister in Wildwood.
Once the book began in earnest in the present time period, we discover a parallel scenario. A young woman, Allie Kirkland, is applying for a summer job. The tone set in the introduction pervades. As she walks into the Berman Theater's auditorium to await her turn for an interview, "the hairs on my neck stood up. The building was cavernous and shadowy. I felt something happening...I didn't know what." After awhile, she glanced up into one of the balconies and made out a form. "A man. Dark hair. Tall. Thin." The one who was rumored to have signed up to produce the newest Mysterious History docudrama series. The psychological elements of the mini-series seemed to fit him. His works were strife with "dark psychological stuff that tended to explore the worst side of human nature." But Allie didn't know what that had to do with her. She was only applying for a summer job as production assistant.
The story continues on in the present vein with an occasional visit to the past. The two universes at first seem completely separate with no common thread until it was revealed that the mini-series was about a small community called Wildwood, whose history was intriguing because its inhabitants mysteriously disappeared. Wouldn't you know that the summer job Allie and her roommate Kim were hired for was to re-enact life in Wildwood for the three months of filming, living on the actual site in as genuine a lifestyle as possible, sans technology, and sans anything that wasn't invented by 1861. Allie was asked to play the part of Bonnie Rose, the community's school teacher.
Then both story lines take on a life of their own, twisting and turning, heading off in directions I didn't anticipate. Both stories race toward the conclusion where they suddenly converge and some of the mystery is solved.
I was impressed at the literary devices the author used to convey a dark atmosphere. Her descriptive language (foreshadowing) was highly effective. She uses parallel realities where both time lines share a female protagonist seeking work that serves as a turning point in her life. Both stories share a male antagonist whose hubris becomes a foil for the feminine character. Both timelines start with a deceptively simple premise which is quickly knocked off kilter by mysterious events. Both universes move from ordinary, to mystery, to ominous, and on to dangerous. In the final chapters suspense and tension is thick until both timelines reach the peak aptly accompanied by a violent thunderstorm and a threat to bodily harm.
There's even a parallel in the conclusion, but I'm not going to tell you what that might be. I've already given too much away as it is. The element that impressed me most, however, was how the author achieved balance between the darkness and the light. For every hint of encroaching evil, there was a spot of light to ease the tension. For Bonnie it was usually with her sister Maggie May; for Allie it was with her roommate Kim. Tension relief was never too much lest the situation looses its drive toward the climactic conclusion. But it was enough to make the story soul satisfying as well as compelling.
Another thing I liked about the story's balance is that while there is plenty of action, enough time is given to the characters to catch their breath and pause for timely reflection either to gather their wits or to learn something they had previously missed. Thus the story is not completely character driven nor is it completely action driven.
I'm sure this book will find its place on my favorites shelf where it will be read repeatedly.
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Takes a really good writer to be able to write to time eras in one book and keep the story straight. story begins in 1861 and then moves to present day time. Story of two sisters who were taken by Indians and mistreated. The abuse they was given would be hard to come out of without scars not only physical but mentally. Both Allie and Maggie feel unlovable. Will they ever be able to feel love again? Allie and Bonnie Rose lived in two different times in history but yet had a lot in common. Both had a bad and very difficult pass. Will Allie suffer the same fate as Bonnie Rose or will she choose wisely? This book is more then just a historical but there is romance also. Full of adventure, mystery and suspense. This book would suit many readers. Wonderful characters.