When I saw the front cover of Lisa Wingate's newest book I knew I wanted to read it.
I'd always wanted to try out one of Lisa Wingate's books so this looked like the perfect opportunity. However, it turned out nothing like I had expected. This is a hard review for me to write. I never wanted to be the one poor review amidst a slew of positives ... yet here we go.
I did not enjoy this story like I had hoped I would have. The premise attracted me at first. I love suspense, romance, western flair and the whole filming plot thread drew me in. However, probably the biggest problem for me was the constant flip between present and past. The main story is about Allie Kirkland but is countered almost equally with a story about Bonnie Rose a young woman from 1861.
Both stories are written well and I loved the first person point of view. However every time the switch was made it jolted me from the story and I felt the overwhelming urge to close the book. It was like dragging myself from page to page. I kept it up, hoping I would settle into the flow. Unfortunately, I didn't.
On the bright side, I enjoyed the characters in the story and there was enough surge to keep me wondering what was next. I truly believe if the chapter changes hadn't been such a jolt, I would have enjoyed either story line immensely.
Unfortunately I did not finish the book, so I can't speak to the ending (and for that I am sorry) but I made it half way. The last straw for me was being almost 200 pages into the story and finding what should have been the first line of the story. The moment that the reader goes, "oh, this might get interesting". That was where I quit. It was like starting over again and the haul had been too sluggish to re-commit.
It is important to note that the basics of story-telling were there and done well. So for many readers who can enjoy the inter-mixed story lines, the writing is superb.
The plot was interesting; the film industry, the colourful secondary characters, the mysterious cowboy. It was all well done. The historic story of Bonnie Rose was moving and had me cheering for the strong, determined young woman on every page.
The setting was intriguing. I especially loved the basement of the old theater. I felt cold and cramped every time I read those parts. It was amazingly written.
To recap, I didn't enjoy the structure of the teeter-totter stories. It made it difficult to stay invested. Without that aspect I think the story was strong and well written. I urge you to look around and check other reviews of this book, as I have and there are so many lovers out there. And despite my disappointment with Wildwood Creek, I will definitely consider reading another book from Lisa Wingate.
Thanks to Bethany House for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Allie was looking forward to spending the summer as a production assistant for a docudrama being filmed near her university. At least until the job started, and she began to see what working in her late father's industry was really like for the new gal on the set. Her best friend and roommate was part of the cast, although not in role she had aspired to. This docudrama was filmed on location; the historical setting of Wildwood in Texas was prepared to look as the original settlement did.
The people of the settlement disappeared without a trace in the early years of the Civil War. Yet the cast and crew would be living there for the time of the filming - once they arrived, they could not leave - and they had to live only within the accommodations of 1861 Texas with the exception of the hidden cameras that filmed the action and daily lives of the cast.
The idea was fascinating to me! I don't know that I would enjoy a summer spent on this type of location, as there are a few modern conveniences that I enjoy (such as air conditioning and my Ã¢â¬Ëputer), but the author's research into the period, the mystery of the past and creepy occurrences of the present, and her use of relationship building and friendships forged through a common activity led me to eagerly race through this story.
This reader loved the book! I would certainly like to read more of the novels in this series, as well as others by this author. The spiritual theme throughout the book, skillfully wrapped in mystery and romance, make this a must-read! Lisa Wingate writes a thoroughly believable tale with characters that gently whisper that the reader is not the only one to have felt the way they felt, make the blunders they made, or struggled to go forward in their career rather than go with the flow of family expectations.
I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy suspense with a touch of romance and compelling historical mystery, and think it appropriate for teens as well as adults to enjoy.
I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Wildwood Creek is a mysterious town, set in the hills of Moses Lake, Texas, where a whole town of people went missing back in 1861 - including Bonnie Rose and her sister, Maggie May. But when Allie Kirkland is hired to work on the set of a docudrama recreating life in the now-ghost town, she can hardly resist the opportunity to pursue her dream of working in the film industry.
But just like the mystery that surrounded the town in 1861, there appears to still be danger lurking in the hills. As Allie begins to fall for the tall, dark cowboy, Blake Fulton, she wonders why he will never reveal much about himself. And who is the director really? What does Rav Singh have to prove by making this docudrama?
When one of her friends goes missing, Allie knows that she has more in common with Bonnie Rose than she realizes.
Over a hundred years before, Bonnie Rose is fleeing her past with her young sister - having lost their parents when captured by Native Americans. She takes on a position in Wildwood, despite the warnings of the ship's captain who takes her there.
When she arrives, it is obvious that Mr. Delevan and his mother run the town, keeping everyone under close surveillance. With war just on the horizon, people begin to go missing mysteriously from the town.
Many suspect Bonnie Rose is responsible, so who can she trust? And will a girl with such a history ever be able to find love?
This tale was spellbinding from the beginning. With an interweaving of both women's stories, it was hard to put the book down without finding out what happened next. In all honesty, the ending took me by surprise. I usually disagree with the way that a book ends, but this time I was really pleased with the conclusion.
You don't want to miss this incredible story by Lisa Wingate.
*This book was provided to me for my honest opinion by Bethany House Publishers.
This is one of my favorite books that I have read. It had mystery and intrigue. Normally I do not like flashbacks in stories: in movies or books. However, this book was so well written I was instantly captivated. The present day story is about a girl named Allie who gets a job on a docudrama about Wildwood. They have to live like the original folks who settled there back in 1861. But Wildwood has a past that is creeping into the future. Bonnie Rose is a newly hired teacher in Wildwood in 1861. For her, it is supposed to be a safe haven. The reality is quite opposite. Mystery surrounds both stories.
I have read so many Inspirational Fiction books in my life. For that reason, I can get a little particular. This book was a delightful surprise that I could not put down. It was not predictable but kept my attention the entire way through.
I like watching movies and reading. I attempted this with Thor 2. This book won.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Wildwood Creek is a hauntingly beautiful tale with two interwoven stories set a century apart. I was immediately drawn in by the flowing romance, excitement, history and mystery. The story takes unexpected twists and turns. The tale has wonderfully developed characters who I continue to think about long after I finished the book.