Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My First Visit to Moses Lake Won't Be My Last!

Firefly Island
by Lisa Wingate
Moses Lake series, #3
Christian Fiction
Available February 2013
Bethany House
386 pages



About the Book
Sometimes love takes you on an adventure completely off the map.

Mallory Hale's life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas—with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.

A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. But what she can't shake is the unease she feels around her husband's new boss, Jack West. Jack's presence—and his mysterious past--set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers . . . and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn't sure she wanted is the very place she'll risk everything to save.

My Thoughts
Firefly Island was such a pleasant surprise. Of course, I anticipated enjoying it. The surprise was how much I enjoyed it! This gem has all the makings of a classic southern tale—family, romance, and secrets, combined with plenty of small-town drama, unique townspeople, a precocious child, a handsome man, and a sassy woman. Seriously, what more could you want?

Oh, perhaps incredible writing? Well, Lisa Wingate delivers on that account too. She has a talent for balancing the need to push the plot forward with allowing time for readers to really get inside the character's minds. I loved getting to know Mallory through this first-person account (which is not my usual preference). Reading her thoughts on what was happening around her and on life in general added a fantastic layer to the book. If I were prone to writing in books (which I'm not!), I can assure you that I would have underlined and jotted notes in the margins throughout. (I've posted some of my favorite lines here.)

From the very beginning, I was invested in the characters and the outcome of their story. Only a few chapters in, I had to stop myself from cheating and looking at the last page—to make sure things turned out okay for them. By the end of the book, I was sad to see it end. It was just so perfect—yet not—and I wasn't ready to leave Mallory and the rest of the residents of Moses Lake.

Think I'm gushing too much? Well, that's certainly your prerogative. But I challenge you to read it for yourself and see if you can prove me wrong. I hope you enjoy your time in Moses Lake as much as I did! [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Blue Moon Bay, and Larkspur Cove, which won the 2011 Carol Award for Women's Fiction. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.

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