Sunday, 10 February 2013

Book review: Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate

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Firefly Island
By: Lisa Wingate
ISBN# 978-0-7642-0823-2

From the Back:
Lisa Wingate Is a Top Name in Inspirational Contemporary Romance

At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men--fortunately, they're related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can't imagine her future without them.

Mallory couldn't be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.

Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?

My reflections:
 Oh this is a book you will simply have to sink your teeth into.

I related to the story line in this book on so many levels. Although I did not fall in love at first sight and marry in mere months, I did however move to a remote area, and have to adjust to the wilderness and my own perception of the world around me. I must say I am still enjoying the adventures of a city girl gone country!  

This story had everything I look for in a great novel, it had romance, adventure, drama, mystery, suspense and top that off with superb writing and plot management and there you have it, a top seller for sure!

Lisa Wingate has a way of drawing you into her story. You experience her characters pain like it’s your own; you become so entangled in her tale that you find yourself pondering the storyline at odd times during the day.

For instance one of my neighbors is a real live cowboy and I pondered asking him if he had ever ridden in a cowboy convertible (back of a pickup truck) over the hills of our small town, just to see what he would say. Although I am sure he would ride his faithful steed, and not settle for the back of a pickup truck!

Now that is your reading life clashing with reality!
But back to this book: I loved how it illustrated our biases. It teaches us to not be so quick to pass judgement on people we don’t know, that we need to keep our eyes and hearts open to new experiences and new people, God works in funny ways. He has a knack for teaching us through people and situations when we least expect!

In closing I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great reading experience. The book is filled with real life, and the characters could be just like your cowboy neighbors!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". Thank you Graf-Martin!

About the Aurthur: 

Lisa Wingate Author Picture Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of 16 books.  Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its fifteenth printing from Penguin Putnam.  Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.
Recently, Lisa’s Blue Sky Hill Series, set in Dallas, received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). In 2011, Lisa's Novel, Never Say Never, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award.  Pithy, emotional, and inspirational, her stories bring to life characters so real that readers often write to ask what is happening to them after the book ends.
Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, in mainstream fiction.  Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational southern fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.
When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

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