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Wildwood Creek

Lisa Wingate
Wildwood Creek
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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 docu-drama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, th... Read More

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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 docu-drama 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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 8, 2014
  • UPC: 9780764208249
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 375
  • Publish Date: Feb 4, 2014
  • Language: English
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  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0764208241

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Unpredictable Throughout! by Nancee on 5/27/2014
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Intent on following in the footsteps of her deceased father and his career as a movie director, Allie Kirkland eagerly accepts a summer position as a production assistant for the reenactment film of an 1861 ghost town known as Wildwood. The location and details pertaining to the reenactment are strictly confidential, and security is tight for the cast and crew. Bizarre events cause Allie concern, but she brushes them aside in order to fulfill the enormous demands of her job.

A historic parallel story characterizing Bonnie Rose, hired as teacher to the children in Wildwood is told concurrently. We are transported back in time to 1861, and the events that ensue. Shifting from the historic events that surround Bonnie Rose to the modern-day reenactment of the strange and haunting town give credence to questionable developments that occurred so many years ago.

As the cast and crew begin their training on site Allie is solicited to replace the original actress selected to play the part of Bonnie Rose. Far from her dreams of spending the summer in production, Allie complies and accepts her responsibilities in her new role as actor/teacher. Unexplained and mysterious circumstances occur as the reenactment proceeds. Are there ghosts from the past haunting the locale, or is Allie's imagination playing with her senses?

The coinciding stories of 1861 Wildwood and present day activities in the recreated town are composed with creativity and depth. Lisa Wingate has researched her subject matter to the point that the reader becomes engrossed in history and drama, injected with mystique, intrigue and suspense. The fourth in the Moses Lake series, this book stands on its own merits, and does not rely on past books in the series. The author has generated a highly imaginative and spellbinding legend interwoven with the elements of a modern-day thriller, blending the two into a very successful suspense-filled narrative. I found it difficult setting this book aside; however, reading into the wee hours of the morning created a few alerts to the creaking sounds in this old house. Pick up a copy of Wildwood Creek, make yourself comfortable and leave a few lights burning if you plan to read this book very far into the night!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through The Book Club Network's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Wildwood Creek by Brianna on 3/9/2014
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I would like you to use extreme caution when starting this book. If you have anything going on in your life that requires your presence, don’t start it. Once you do, you won’t be able to put it down. Such an amazing book! I started this book on a Saturday afternoon, and canceled my plans to finish it that night. I highly recommend it! I had gotten this book free from Bethany House publishing to review and I cannot wait to read more by Lisa Wingate.

This book has a little bit of everything; history, mystery, romance, technology, and some really great advice. It jumps seamlessly back and forth between 1861 and present day. As the novel progresses the stories start to intertwine. Allie often finds herself wondering about the people whose shoes she is trying to fill and to piece together what happened in the past.

Both women deal with major tragedies in their past that they have allowed to overshadow their future. As they learn how to put the past in its place it encouraged me to do the same. This was my favorite excerpt from the book: “I’d never believed that God had anything better in store for me than a life where you do your best to get by, to stumble along broken and wounded, never quite daring to hope for the really good things. But maybe I’d been wrong all this time. Maybe a tragedy is exactly that- a singular thing, a shadow we travel through on the way to a different destination. Maybe the bigger tragedy is the one we undergo by choice. The decision to never walk forth from the shadow and see what lies beyond it.”

While this is a purely fictional piece of work, really good fiction inspires you. It challenges you to look at your life and see how you can improve. Maybe you’re feeling like these women did, that you just have to do your best to get by. God doesn't want us walking wounded and broken. There is healing from past hurts and tragedies. This book really encouraged me to “walk forth from the shadow and see what lies beyond it.”


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