Allie was looking forward to spending the summer as a production assistant for a docudrama being filmed near her university. At least until the job started, and she began to see what working in her late father's industry was really like for the new gal on the set. Her best friend and roommate was part of the cast, although not in role she had aspired to. This docudrama was filmed on location; the historical setting of Wildwood in Texas was prepared to look as the original settlement did.
The people of the settlement disappeared without a trace in the early years of the Civil War. Yet the cast and crew would be living there for the time of the filming - once they arrived, they could not leave - and they had to live only within the accommodations of 1861 Texas with the exception of the hidden cameras that filmed the action and daily lives of the cast.
The idea was fascinating to me! I don't know that I would enjoy a summer spent on this type of location, as there are a few modern conveniences that I enjoy (such as air conditioning and my â€˜puter), but the author's research into the period, the mystery of the past and creepy occurrences of the present, and her use of relationship building and friendships forged through a common activity led me to eagerly race through this story.
This reader loved the book! I would certainly like to read more of the novels in this series, as well as others by this author. The spiritual theme throughout the book, skillfully wrapped in mystery and romance, make this a must-read! Lisa Wingate writes a thoroughly believable tale with characters that gently whisper that the reader is not the only one to have felt the way they felt, make the blunders they made, or struggled to go forward in their career rather than go with the flow of family expectations.
I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy suspense with a touch of romance and compelling historical mystery, and think it appropriate for teens as well as adults to enjoy.
I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Wildwood Creek is a mysterious town, set in the hills of Moses Lake, Texas, where a whole town of people went missing back in 1861 - including Bonnie Rose and her sister, Maggie May. But when Allie Kirkland is hired to work on the set of a docudrama recreating life in the now-ghost town, she can hardly resist the opportunity to pursue her dream of working in the film industry.
But just like the mystery that surrounded the town in 1861, there appears to still be danger lurking in the hills. As Allie begins to fall for the tall, dark cowboy, Blake Fulton, she wonders why he will never reveal much about himself. And who is the director really? What does Rav Singh have to prove by making this docudrama?
When one of her friends goes missing, Allie knows that she has more in common with Bonnie Rose than she realizes.
Over a hundred years before, Bonnie Rose is fleeing her past with her young sister - having lost their parents when captured by Native Americans. She takes on a position in Wildwood, despite the warnings of the ship's captain who takes her there.
When she arrives, it is obvious that Mr. Delevan and his mother run the town, keeping everyone under close surveillance. With war just on the horizon, people begin to go missing mysteriously from the town.
Many suspect Bonnie Rose is responsible, so who can she trust? And will a girl with such a history ever be able to find love?
This tale was spellbinding from the beginning. With an interweaving of both women's stories, it was hard to put the book down without finding out what happened next. In all honesty, the ending took me by surprise. I usually disagree with the way that a book ends, but this time I was really pleased with the conclusion.
You don't want to miss this incredible story by Lisa Wingate.
*This book was provided to me for my honest opinion by Bethany House Publishers.
This is one of my favorite books that I have read. It had mystery and intrigue. Normally I do not like flashbacks in stories: in movies or books. However, this book was so well written I was instantly captivated. The present day story is about a girl named Allie who gets a job on a docudrama about Wildwood. They have to live like the original folks who settled there back in 1861. But Wildwood has a past that is creeping into the future. Bonnie Rose is a newly hired teacher in Wildwood in 1861. For her, it is supposed to be a safe haven. The reality is quite opposite. Mystery surrounds both stories.
I have read so many Inspirational Fiction books in my life. For that reason, I can get a little particular. This book was a delightful surprise that I could not put down. It was not predictable but kept my attention the entire way through.
I like watching movies and reading. I attempted this with Thor 2. This book won.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Wildwood Creek is a hauntingly beautiful tale with two interwoven stories set a century apart. I was immediately drawn in by the flowing romance, excitement, history and mystery. The story takes unexpected twists and turns. The tale has wonderfully developed characters who I continue to think about long after I finished the book.
Allie Kirkland has dreamed of following in her father's footsteps in the film industry. She gets the opportunity to become a production's assistant during a summer filming near Moses Lake. Allie and her roommate, Kim, get the chance to spend 3 months together while being a part of Bonnie Rose's story.
This story being filmed dates back to 1861 and focuses on Miss Rose and what happened at Wildwood. People started disappearing never to be seen again. Can the mystery be unraveled or will it remain hidden?
Lisa Wingate does an exceptional job at weaving the storyline between past and present. There are numerous characters throughout the novel and all are well described and lifelike. This is one of those books that you think about even when you aren't reading it. It's no wonder that this author has so many loyal fans. Her writing ability is superb.
I received a copy of Wildwood Creek from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.