Andrea Henderson has not had a great year. In fact she is still trying to move past her failed marriage and grasp the reality of raising a teenage son who is hurting so badly. Andrea has had to move back into her parents lake home and begin life anew. She feels as though she is just never up to making her parents proud. They seem to always have something to critisize.
Her teenage son, Dustin, misses his father and finds himself with the wrong group of friends out on a dangerous part of the lake. While he and his new friends are ready for anything, Game Warden, Mart McClendon, finds them just before they find more trouble. As Dustin is struggling, Andrea, is trying to be the mother she is called to be, but she is finding that she is reminding herself of her mother. She and Dustin are both on a journey of healing and we witness the ups and downs of coming together as mother and son.
Mart too is trying to move forward, but if having a hard time of letting go of guilt and feelings that he can't quite understand. Tragedy has struck his family and as others want things to stay the same, Mart, just wants to heal and get past it all. He tends to keep everything in, while Andrea just needs someone to listen.
Mart and Andrea connect as Mart is working on getting Dustin into a boat safety course instead of being ticketed. Andrea's new job is taking her to places all throughout the country. Places on the other side of the lake. She is seeing much heartache in the children she is trying reach and help. On her first day out she gets lost and finds herself with a flat tire. One man stops, but doesn't help her. Something just isn't right. As he pulls away, Andrea, sees a little girl tucked inside. This precious little girl brings Andrea and Mart together as they seek to help her. As the story revolves around this precious little one named, Birdie, there is more going on than meets the eye. Secrets lie in those woods and will soon be found out.
I loved this book. It was so romantic and filled with stories of faith, family, and friendships. We see how the Lord heals through time and how He places the perfect people in our lives at the perfect time. He seems to connect us all just when we think we are alone. Through reaching out to another we can find the peace we too are searching for. Lisa has a beautiful way with words. You find yourself turning pages and before you know it you are finished and she leaves you wanting more.
This book was a gift from Bethany House for it's review.
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
Sometimes life throws out twists and turns on life's journey and we have no choice but to continue the journey. That is exactly what has happened to Andrea Henderson after years of being married to a "good" man and having the seemingly perfect life. When Andrea and her 14 year old son find themselves thrown into a completely different lifestyle, its bump-and-go that first year. How do you go from raising a 14 year old son with a father, to raising a 14 year old son with a father who has chosen a younger family, and who doesn't bother to call or send child support?
Fourteen year old Dustin has too much time on his hands while his mom works to keep them above water. Andrea would love to wallow in tears, but knows she has to be the strong one so her son can even begin to have a "normal" life again. After Dustin makes some wrong decisions, Andrea has to rethink how to deal with "not enough hours in the day."
Andrea's problems compound when the local game warden throws the wrench into the Henderson's lives, after catching Dustin in dangerous territory. Andrea's and Mart the game warden's first explosive meeting finally settles into a tenuous compromise, and negotiations generate a spark neither of them are ready for.
When Andrea, a social worker, and other local folks around town, see an old hermit suddenly in the company of a mysterious little girl, minds and mouths swing into action. Andrea finds her efforts to solve the mystery challenged by the back roads of Moses Lake and neighborhoods that do not welcome the intrusion of an outsider, and Mart's knowledge of backwoods places and people becomes a lifeline.
Take a trip on Moses Lake with Mart and Andrea, whose broken lives start to find healing as they work to save and protect one little girl. Lisa Wingate has managed again to capture real life in fiction and come out with a winner that captures the minds and hearts of each reader. I would love to see this story continue with the exciting and fun characters of Larkspur Cove.
This was a very good book and written in an interesting style. Every other chapter we read from the point of view from Andrea and then Mart. It was a little bit confusing when I just started, but after the first couple of chapters it was no problem anymore.
The story line is very good. Romance, adventure and a bit of mysterie. I highly recommend this book.
Excellent storytelling makes this romance top notc
February 3, 2011
Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate is a compelling and heartfelt novel of finding yourself and healing the past. Andrea Henderson has moved with her fourteen-year-old son Dustin to her parents' cottage on Moses Lake to recuperate from a terrible divorce that has left her trying to support them on her own and picking up the broken pieces of her dreams. When she took the job as a counselor for Child Protective Services, she had no idea just what that would entail in this remote area where GPS is useless and directions are given using bullet hole ridden stop signs and trees struck by lightning. Mart McClendon has returned to Moses Lake to heal some wounds of his own. Working as the game warden, he ends up running into teens in trouble, so he assumes after catching Dustin with some other kids, that Andrea is just another parent too busy to worry about what's really going on with her child. But Mart and Andrea are forced to work together when it's discovered that a strange man living up in the hills has a young girl living with him, and no one seems to know where she came from. Their investigation will force them to re-evaluate their opinions of each other, as well as start to deal with the tragedies in their pasts. Wingate is a terrific writer. While this is technically a romance, there is unexpected death and heart to the story. Readers will want to pack up and move to Moses Lake, a small town populated by people who genuinely care for each other (even as they gossip and tease), and when a neighbor is in need, the whole community turns out to help. Wingate paces the tenuous relationship between Mart and Andrea perfectly, not rushing, and allowing it to build at a natural and beautiful pace. She populates the book with many interesting sub-characters, and I hope that she will revisit Moses Lake soon to tell their tales as well.