What an amazing read. I am sad to say that this is the first book I have read by Lisa Wingate, but it will definitely not be my last. From the first glance of the cover, this looks like a typical contemporary love story. However, between the pages of that cover is a story that was really unlike any I had read before. This story alternates between the past with Bonnie Rose in 1861, to present day with Allie Kirkland. Bonnie Rose is an Irish immigrant who has received a teaching position for the town of Wildwood. She is traveling with her young sister, Maggie Rose, in search of a better life for themselves after the horror that they had been through at the hands of being caught by a Native American tribe. Hoping for a new chance at life, however, Wildwood has secrets and there is an evil undercurrent. The town founder is not a good man. In present day, Allie Kirkland is following in her father's footsteps and has been hired to be a production assistant for the reality show Mysterious History and its new location at Wildwood. There are whispers and secrets about this town and where all the townspeople had disappeared to. In a sudden change of plans, or so it seems, the aloof and interesting director, Rav Singh, has convinced Allie to play the character Bonnie Rose. Not only that, but both Allie and Bonnie share a striking resemblance. Going off the grid and mimicking a life of the pioneer families in this town with no I-phones, computers, or other modern conveniences is going to not only challenge Allie, but the whole cast and crew. Throw in the handsome but mysterious and pretend pioneer neighbor, Blake, and her best friend Kim who wants to break her contract and run away with her brand new boyfriend, and you have Allie on her toes. While in the past Bonnie Rose is facing strange disappearances and a town on edge she is trying to figure out how she can save herself and her sister. In the present, the towns counterparts are also becoming edgy, throw in some mysterious happenings, and you might just have history repeating itself. This was a book that had just about everything: from history, contemporary, romance, mystery, and suspense. It was hard to put down. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
This author brings us a wonderful romance that includes a mystery. This book is a combination of both contemporary and historical settings. It like to call it a story within a story which is very intriguing.
We are first introduced to Allie Kirkland, a beautiful young woman who is still dealing with the grief of suddenly loosing her father as a child. Throughout her life has always wanted to follow in her father's footsteps and work in the production aspect of the film industry. So, when the opportunity arrives to spend the summer as a production assistant on location, she jumps at the offer. The production is a reenactment of a frontier settlement, Wildwood, and the director wants the filming to be authentic to the point of the cast living in the settlement during the entire filming in character. The more Allies researches the town of Wildwood the more intrigued with it's history she becomes. Allie is excited about being a part of the crew until the director informs her he would like her to become part of the cast and star as the lead of Bonnie Rose. When the director shows her a picture of Bonnie Rose her resemblance was striking and prompts Allie to investigate the story even further.
This story is well thought out and intriguing from page one. I loved the characters, the imagery, and the plot. Not only do you get the contemporary life of Allie, but you get the historical point of view of Bonnie Rose as Allie researches. I found myself drawn to Allie and enjoyed watching her grow as a person, but also her caring about the past to want to get it right. I found myself cheering as each piece of the puzzles was revealed. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance or mystery. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
This story is really two stories, one in the present and one in 1861. They are connected when in the present Allie Kirkland, a film student, has a chance to work as a production assistant filming a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas. This is a dream come true for Allie, who would like to follow in her late father's footsteps as a director. This docudrama will be a reenactment of a legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood. Those who agree to spend the summer in the wilderness, either in the reenactment or part of the filming, must also agree to turn in all cell phones and have no contact with the "outside" world during their stay there. This is to give them a feel of how the people who lived there in 1861 really lived which will make the filming more realistic. Things go well for a time, then strange things begin to happen. Strange things very similar to those of 1861. Allie is not sure who she can trust. Should she stay and finish filming or leave before something terrible happens? Will there be a repeat of the events of 1861 with more disappearances?
In the real 1861 Wildwood there was lot of mystery surrounding the settlement. For one thing, the founder, Harland Delavan was someone who the people of the town feared. He ruled them as if he owned them and once there they never left. Circumstances would bring a young Irish girl, Bonnie Rose and her younger sister, Maggie May to Wildwood. They agreed to live there in hopes to forget their past, a past that was filled with heartache and shame. Bonnie is not sure even God will forgive her past. As young as she was, Bonnie was to be the new schoolteacher. She and her sister had a very small room in back of the school house. Once Bonnie and Maggie May arrived and settled in they begin to learn from long time residence that strange things occur in Wildwood. There were very mysterious disappearances and those who disappeared never came back. Evil seemed to lurk around every corner. Eventually Bonnie and everyone in Wildwood disappeared leaving the town empty.
This was a very interesting story. It jumps back and forth between the present and 1861 but I was able to follow the story lines. There is much mystery about this town and what happened to those who lived there. There are surprises along the way, suspense and romance.
~I won a copy of this book from the publisher for my review~
Wildwood Creek is another amazing success of Lisa Wingate. This is part of the Moses Lake series. It is quite a mystery, adventure, and a romance. The story revolves around two girls in two different centuries heading to the same destination. One girl is to be in a film about the girl from the past. It is intriguing to see how well Lisa does this. The characters are well written, and settings very descriptive. I look forward to cotinuing to read this authors works.
I received this book from the Book Network on exchange for my honest opinion.