of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Deanna LukeTexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Can't wait for the next one!February 28, 2012Deanna LukeTexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleLisa Wingate does characterization as few other authors do. By the end you will be wanting to know what Heather, Blaine, Clay, Mom and the Uncs do next. The romance was wonderful and sometimes frustrating as Heather waffled on her feelings and trusting them. The dance on Blue Moon Bay is the dance every lady dreams of. Way to go Lisa. Bring on the next one!!!!
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5February 27, 2012KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Riveting drama told in first person. This book is layer-deep in plot and character development. Complicated and moving with an unexpected thread of suspense that had me skimming ahead in my urgent need to find out what happened.
Rich in life lessons, I found myself as moved by wonderful pieces of wisdom as Heather was. In fact, I struggled even as she struggled through her emotionally skewed past. I marked passages that had a profound effect on me so that I can find them again and take some time to absorb them. This book left me thinking -- stretching both emotionally and spiritually. There's a wonderful Mennonite thread in its pages as well and I definitely profited from Ruth's plain truths.
In short, this book has it all -- emotional depth, inspirational hope, page-turning drama and a budding romance. What more can you ask of a book?
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"
SusiBurlington, IowaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wingate always tells a great story.February 26, 2012SusiBurlington, IowaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heather's story is a great example of the way childhood memories can warp our perceptions of what is really the truth. A reader will experience her frustration as she senses secrets are being kept from her, but the exciting ending explains it all. Surely she will get the boots, which are symbolic of her new life.
Sharon BSt. Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A riveting story -- an excellent readFebruary 16, 2012Sharon BSt. Paul, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am a "regular Christian fiction reader", not reading for reviewing purposes or other such designations. This is probably my 4th or 5th Lisa Wingate novel, and it lives-up-to the excellency of the earlier novels I have read from Ms. Wingate.
I won't take additional time summarizing the storyline (as other reviewers have previously done), but will simply say that this was a riveting read - there was an underlying mystery going on throughout the book that really held my interest and curiousity. I also appreciated the main character's (Heather's) growth in assessing the importance of family vs dedication to career, her consideration and growing realization that God DOES care for her, and her sense of humor. There is a touch of romance in the book, but it's not over-bearing, so I think this book could be enjoyed by male readers (like my husband) who don't tend to want a heavy romantic theme.
I would like to ask Ms. Wingate, though, about one "conflict" that I found while reading. On page 295, Heather tells Clay that she is driving to the Waco airport and will "leave the car locked at the airport w/ the keys under the seat." Then, on page 314 (after a conversation with Richard and a change-of-heart about getting on the airplane), Heather leaves the gate area and returns to the car , intending to head back to the town of Moses Lake. The text reads, "After throwing my belongings into the car, ...." I am wondering how in the world she managed to get back into the car, after she had locked the keys under the seat? She had said to Clay (on page 295) that "You and Mom can just bring an extra key and pick it up, okay? That will be easiest." So, I don't think Heather herself was carrying the extra key....anyway, this is not crucial to the story, but maybe a loose end that the author forgot to set-up properly.
Thanks for the opportunity to review this novel.
Christianfictionaddiction5 Stars Out Of 5A moving story of hope and reconciliationFebruary 13, 2012ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lisa Wingate has taken the mess that often makes up families, mixed in misunderstandings and complicated relationships and bits of humour, and birthed a moving story of hope and reconciliation and new beginnings. Her characters breathe with life, inviting you into their hearts and their dreams, their pasts and their futures. The writing is beautiful and filled with grace, accompanied by a mystery I wasn't even expecting, along with twists and turns in the story. I love the wit sprinkled throughout the novel, such as when the author describes Heather's homecoming where Heather contemplates to herself "I was conscious of everyone surreptitiously watching me and maintaining their positions, in the way members of the bomb squad might gather around a suspicious package".
Expect to be entertained, but also expect to re-examine your own priorities in life and be reminded of what really matters, that God has a far richer plan than what you might be striving after.
I highly recommend this engaging book, and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group