After her divorce, Andrea and her 14 year old son, Dustin moved to her parents' vacation home in Larkspur Estates at Moses Lake. Growing up, Andrea, and her sister, Megan spent their summers there. She has many wonderful, care free memories of that time.
Everything is different now. She is a 38 year old single mother trying to survive the pain of the divorce, and help Dustin adjust to a place that is foreign to him. Her parents live close enough to keep a critical eye on everything she does.
Andrea works for Dr. Tazinski (Taz), who is a psychologist. She was hired to help with cases referred by CPS. The story opens with Andrea in an unfamiliar wooded area on her way to her first appointment. She is stranded because of a flat tire, and a weak cell phone signal.
Meanwhile, Dustin and some other teens went to a restricted area in the lake. Martin (Mart), the game warden brings them all in and calls their parents. Since Andrea couldn't be reached, her mom and dad picked up Dustin and took him home. A tow truck arrives, puts on the spare tire, and Andrea goes home to receive a lecture from her mother.
Throughout the book, there is friction between Mart and Andrea, but also a mutual attraction. We learn more of the circumstances of her divorce, and also of Mart's past. The story started out slow. Some odd characters were introduced, and the story became more interesting. This is the first book in the Moses Lake series.
Mystery, action and romance. A great combination. I grew to love the little town through the seemingly mundane, yet interesting uniqueness of the area. I'm not familiar with small towns and I liked this portrayal of one. The locals seemed realistic and added an interesting flavor to the story. Both Len & Birdie were intriguing characters not seen in most story writing. Neither were their challenges typical, yet the unfolding of their growing relationship & trust was heartwarming to see. It made me look at their situation with new eyes. Each individual was imperfect and their struggles and growth were interesting, though one issue of Andrea's was frustratingly slow. Just as in real life.
Something fresh & different from most books. The little community had it's magical moments I'll not soon forget. This author is one I'll be looking for due to her creativity, character development and ability to keep my interest. The start was a little slow, but the book was well worth the read. The ending leaves one issue uncertain, but I can see why it can't be resolved so quickly.
This book started out a little slow for me. I was about a quarter of the way through before I really got interested, but after that I didn't want to put it down. The story flows smoothly enough. The author's description of the Moses Lake and Larkspur Cove communities really drew me in. I love small towns!
The characters were well written, but I didn't feel a real connection with Bart or Andrea. I can relate to their feelings of loss, but that's really where my connection ended. I did enjoy watching Andrea begin to heal from her divorce and watching her grow as a person. However, I didn't feel like Bart grew or changed at all. Sure, he made some decisions regarding how he was handling his life, but I felt they were kind of abrupt. The secondary characters, the regulars at the Waterbird Bait and Grocery and Len and Birdie made the story far more interesting.
The reason I'm giving this book four stars is because of the message. My new favorite thing to do while reading a book is to mark passages that really speak to me. While I didn't mark up the whole book with sticky notes, I did mark several pages that I thought made excellent points. The message of the book is two-fold. Andrea realizes that having joy, real joy, in your life was a choice each of us has to make. She also has to learn that God is there, even when you can't see Him, hear Him, or when you deny He is. He is in all places and you only have to be still and listen to hear Him. Mart learns that when times get tough, it's easy to blame God instead of realizing that while we don't know why things happen, God does and you don't do any good by turning your back on your faith.
Overall, this was an enjoyable story. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
There was a lot of information in this book about Moses Lake and the area. I liked the Wailing Woman story and the mockingbirds. I liked Mart's character being the game warden and his buddies at the Waterbird. I liked Len and Birdie. I learned so much from Len teaching Birdie about the simplest things and Birdie was so content with what she had. I understood Dustin and his problems. What I had trouble with was Andrea and her problems. She seemed really shallow like sneaking down to the boathouse was so childish. She kept watching the water at night looking for Mart coming in his boat. Her and Mart were adults. The middle of the book got so sluggish repeating Andrea's problems that I got bored. Then, toward the end things picked up and it became a page turner to get to the end. It was an OK read.