Award winning author, Lisa Wingate, takes the reader on a haunting, mesmerizing journey that vacillates between historical Wildwood Creek to present day, and of two women who bear a striking resemblance to one another and whose lives intertwine although centuries apart.
Allie Kirkland has landed the dream job of a lifetime...to portray Bonnie Rose, a young school teacher in 1861 Wildwood, in a reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement which is shrouded in secrets and mystery. When Allie sees a tintype of Bonnie Rose she is shocked to discover they could pass as twins and becomes obsessed in finding out all she can about this lovely, young woman and the inhabitants of Wildwood Creek, who all seemed to meet up with a tragic ending. On the film set in Wildwood, everyone seems to be hiding secrets---even the handsome Blake Fulton who has more than just a passing interest in Allie. But can she even be able to trust him as unsettling events begin to take place that could possibly cause history to repeat itself in Wildwood? And what was the fate of the mystifying Bonnie Rose...
I can certainly see why Lisa Wingate wins so many awards! This fascinating storyline written with such brilliance, expertise, and realistic characterization, has left me duly impressed! Being the historical fiction lover that I am, traveling to and fro from Bonnie Rose's point of view to Allie's, was especially enjoyable to me! Wildwood Creek is a totally suspenseful, unpredictable read with lots of twists, turns, and a surprise ending; guaranteed to mesmerize the reader! Nicely done, Lisa Wingate!
I have to say this is the best Lisa Wingate book I've read! I enjoyed Firefly Island, found The Prayer Box interesting and insightful, but Wildwood Creek gave me all the things I enjoy in a book, little romance, some history, and MYSTERY!
The author gives us the story from the perspective of Allie Kirkland in modern day as well as Bonnie Rose who first traveled to Wildwood over a century before. Allie was a great character as she was trying to come into her own, dealing with family expectations as she follows her dream. Bonnie's story was one filled with a great deal of tragedy.
This story moved at a great pace. There was a lot of setup in the story before they actually start the reenactment at Moses Lake, but the author did a great job of keeping it engaging; I never felt like the story bogged down. Once the cast and crew moved to Wildwood things kick into high gear and stay that way until the end. And I didn't see the ending coming.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest option.
This is the first in a series of books that I'm going to be reviewing to try to stretch my reading habits from mainly suspense, intrigue novels to some contemporary novels. I've read several in the past that, while maybe not a typical "guy's book", are books that should be read by guys none the less.
Allie is finally being offered a job that will allow her to do what she's always wanted and follow her father into the film making business. When she agrees to do the job, she heads out to the hills near Moses Lake. The movie is a reenactment, docudrama, of the town of Wildwood and the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of some of the residents of this town. As the film unfolds, Allie begins to dig into the actual people from the town to see how much of the "film" is true and how much is fiction. With the actors and crew living the part during filming, things for Allie take a dangerous turn. What happened to those that disappeared from the town? Does Allie ever find any answers to her questions? Is what is happening now related to what happened back then? Head down to your local box office if you want to watch the movie, but if you want to find the answers to these questions you will need to BUY THE BOOK!!
So maybe this book wasn't as big of a stretch to my reading habits as I had thought. This books would definitely be labeled as a "mystery" book to me as there are clues, red herrings and shady characters just like in any good mystery book. I will admit, though, the I am not a fan of this writing style. For this book, the author has basically chosen to tell you two stories at once. The story of Allie who is helping to make the film and then the story of Bonnie Rose, the young lady from the real town. The author uses alternating chapters to give you their coinciding stories. I tend to get confused at times when I have to switch my brain back and forth, especially between two different time periods. I didn't see a lot of character development as the story progressed and I'm thinking it's because there was so much of the back story that had to be told. That doesn't mean that I didn't like the characters, I just felt like I could have got to know them more.
Is this a "guy's book"? There are some elements of this book that would appeal to men. There is a lot of historical information shared when the book is through the eyes of Bonnie Rose, it almost makes you feel like you've switched to the History Channel on a lazy Sunday afternoon. And what man wouldn't look forward to that.
I received this book from the Book Fun Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she's offered a costuming assistant's job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She's always dreamed of following in her director-father's footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.
But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the folk songs of Chinquapin Peaks. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie's handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn't know who she can trust. If she can't find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.
About the Author:
THE OFFICIAL BIO: Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at her website or on Facebook.
The tale of two worlds intermingled into one yet they stand alone. It seems like a tale that is set worlds apart but its not. One world consists of Bonnie Rose, set in 1861, where she is forced to make some decisions, decisions that are detrimental to her life as well as Maggie's but she has found a way to make it work or so she thinks. And then we have a modern day story of Allie Kirkland, a girl that looked at life through a camera lens long before she could even walk. The two lives come together in Lisa Wingate's Wildwood Creek and spin the stories of each of the women into a fascinating twist of fate that could change it all.
I love reading stories that connect the past with present day and the author seemed to do that in magnificent fashion. She combined the two effortlessly and will definitely recieve top billing for her accomplishment.
** Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bookfun.org.
Allie Kirkland, the main character in this novel, knows in her heart , that she is to follow her father's unfinished destiny. In fact, she has felt called to do so for many years. When she is offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, she realizes that finally she can follow in her dad's footsteps as a director. This is a unique situation - a reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood, her first step into the film industry. Not exactly what Allie envisioned, however, it is a small price to pay to achieve her dream.
In 1861. the real Wildwood was a location of some very dangerous realities. The town founder had an iron grip on all of the residents, including the Irish schoolteacher, Bonnie Rose. Mysterious disappearances took place leading to many myths still being related in folk songs, in Allie's time.
Strange events begin to take place at the filming. There appears to be a connection between Allie and the teacher who disappeared so many years ago. Allie's neighbor on the field set has secrets. Allie finds herself unable to believe anyone!!! Would history repeat itself??? Would Allie suffer the same fate as the teacher???
This book was written in a style that I have difficulty following. Some people love it, I tend to find it laborious to read. Every other chapter is present day, while the alternates are written as the time being 1862. So there are two story lines running side by side! Two main characters, two separate , yet intertwining plots, two sets of complications. Lisa does a fabulous job of connecting the two stories . Although it is not my favorite style of writing, I did enjoy this book. The stories have more in common than we know and as the book progresses we find out the connections.
The characters are realistic and well described. I found myself identifying with Allie and it made the book come alive in my mind. The challenges, fears and joys were easily believable.
A good historical mystery!
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.