What I enjoy most in the books written by Lisa Wingate is the way she can make them connect to your life. In Blue Moon Bay we are connected to her characters in many ways - challenges when dealing with family members, challenges with events from our youth, challenges with work, friends, or finding our place in the world. More than once as I read the book I had to stop and think about a point that was being made about love or relationships and consider how I might take that to heart in my own life. She may not have a lot of plot lines like popular crime novels or thrillers, but her plot lines go deep and strike a chord in her reader. When I am still thinking about a point made in a book long after I've put it down, you know that book has made a difference. I encourage everyone to read Blue Moon Bay - it's interesting, fun, poignant, and has a great twist to the ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Moses Lake, Texas. Lisa writes with feeling and good detail. Her characters come to life on the page and draw you into the story. The book has a little romance, some mystery and enough action to keep you turning the pages. There are a few twists that will surprise you. I would definately recommend this book as well as her first one in the Blue Moon Bay series Larkspur Cove.
Ã¢â¬ÅThe future is a blank page, but not a mystery.Ã¢â¬Â
July 10, 2012
- a quote shared with Heather Hampton the main character by her father.
You looking for family drama, romantic confusion, a wise elderly Mennonite woman named Ruth, and more? (I don't want to keep going because I was surprised at everything that occurred toward the end of the book. So I don't want to spoil it for you!) Then look no further. Pick up your copy of Lisa Wingate's Blue Moon Bay today! Actually since it is the second book of Moses Lake series, I would suggest checking out the first book, Larkspur Cove. However, I found that I was able to read Blue Moon Bay without feeling lost even though it was a little slow at times.
I was very impressed with how Blue Moon Bay grabbed my attention. When I started this book I didn't have time to read often - due to family circumstances and other obligations. This usually makes it hard to get in to a story. You know what I mean? However, Lisa Wingate's story and characters held my attention even with the little bit of time I was able to spend in it. Heather Hampton, her family, and Blaine Underhill (a local banker and Heather's former crush in high school) were layered characters. We get to know the real them the more we get into the book. I wouldn't mind going back to the first book to see what I missed.
Here's a great quote on family towards the end of the book:
"I'd been so busy focusing on my self-determined parameters of what I felt my family should be, that I'd missed the beauty of what they actually were - fragile, flawed, heroic, imperfect, champions of lost causes. Each with things to learn and things to teach. God had knit us together like plantings in a garden - wild and unique above ground, blooming in different ways at different times, the roots intertwined deep beneath the soil."
Very beautiful and true!
Disclosure: I received the book free from Bethany House Book Reviewers' program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the book from Bethany House: For Seattle architect Heather Hampton, a trip back to tiny Moses Lake, Texas, is hardly in the plan. Yet because a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, Heather heads to the last place she ever wanted to go. She's determined to return home, signed contract in hand, the next day.
But the currents of Moses Lake take visitors on unexpected journeys. As Heather's stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to local banker Blaine Underhill, despite his opposition to Heather's project. With each new revelation and question, Heather can't help but wonder if the handsome banker--and the family she has come to know again--are crooks or crusaders. Somehow she must find out the truth before she loses everything she has worked for and everything she's found on the shores of Moses Lake.
My Thoughts: When I picked up Blue Moon Bay to begin reading, I thought, "What a delightful cover." Having grown up near the water, I could feel the breeze rippling through her wispy dress or ruffling her hair. So I cracked the cover and began reading. Well, I was a bit put-off by Heather and her impatience with being forced to return home because of an impending family property sale and it's interrelation to a big project she is working on in her employment. She has an attitude of "Let's just get this done and over with" and the same attitude seems to carry over to her finance and her interactions with him.
So I wasn't liking Heather very much. But then she arrives in Moses Lake, Texas, where she had spent a very unpleasant year or so and where her father had died she is engulfed with memories of past experiences and slights by people. As she deals with her past and who she actually is today, we meet some interesting and delightful characters. We soon see that Lisa Wingate is a master at character development.
You'll fall in love with the uncles with their funeral parlor and with Ruth, a Mennonite. When you learn Ruth's story, you will be nearly in tears. When you meet Blaine, a former classmate, you may swoon, you may say "Who does he think he is?", or you may say, "I see some real possibilities in him." But when you meet Clay, the brother, you'll wonder - just as Heather does.
Let's not forget, Roger! He'll slobber all over you or knock you down in his exuberance. Yep! He's the dog in the story and what a dog!
Moses Lake holds many secrets. Secrets of community. Secrets of family. Secrets that have harmed and still harm. It is a story of mystery and trust. It is a ride of discovery and a great read.
About the Author: Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, A Month of Summer, and The Summer Kitchen. Lisa and her family live in central Texas. Visit www.lisawingate.com