Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wildwood Creek

Author: Lisa Wingate
Publisher: Bethany House
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0764208249
Genre: Contemporary

With love and loss tangled together, how was she to know where her life would lead?

Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father's unfinished destiny. When she's offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region's folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.

When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood--including Blake Fulton, Allie's handsome neighbor on the film set--seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn't know whom she can trust. If she can't find the answers in time, history may repeat itself...with the most unthinkable results.

WILDWOOD CREEK is a gripping story, half set in historical Texas, and half set in modern day. I fell in love with both Bonnie Rose—who struggled to rise beyond her past, to Allie, trying to make a career choice that her parents don’t approve of. I had to keep reading to see what happened, with both women.

Chapters are clearly marked so you know what time period and point of view you’re in.

If you’re looking for a great contemporary novel, look no further. WILDWOOD CREEK is everything you looked for and more. Discussion questions are included at the end. $14.99. 375 pages. 5 stars. 


Judy said...

Sounds like a good read Laura! Thanks for your review of it!

Judy B

Mary Jackson said...

Great review!