Thank You Lisa Wingate

wildwoodPublisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date:  February 4, 2014

Goodreads:  Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.
But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the folk songs of Chinquapin Peaks. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.

I will be sharing this book with both of my daughters, Kristin of Kritters Ramblings and Jennifer of The Underestimated Mom.   They like the Contemporary/Historical story going on at the same time.  Should be a fun family read!

The Prayer Box

Author: Lisa Widget                                         prayer box
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pages: 400
Genre:  Christian Fiction 
Source: Kristi of Kritters Ramblings



Goodreads:  When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

Ope’s Opinion:  Lisa Wingate really knows how to tell a story.  I never felt like I was being preached to or that judgement was being passed on the characters in the book.

Wingate let the characters, especially Tandi grow and become independent.  Watching her healing process showed that God could heal anyone.   Her self esteem was slowly restored, which made it feel real – not rushed.

I am not usually a fan of books in letter form.  This one was better then most.  The writing carried me through parts that I thought were a bit slow.  I had just finished reading The Sea Glass Sisters – it was such a short, fast moving book – I was wishing this one would have been a bit faster moving.  


Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

The Sea Glass Sisters

Author:  Lisa Wingate                                   the seaglass sisters
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers
Pages:  86
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Source: Lisa Wingate

Goodreads:  Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then a rough case on the boards of her 911 operator’s job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart at the seams. A four-state road trip–trapped in a car with her mother–is the last thing she needs. Their destination may be beautiful Hatteras Island, but the reason for going is anything by pleasant. After one disastrous hurricane, and with a second one working its way up the coast, it’s time to convince Aunt Sandy to abandon her little seaside store on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and return to the family fold in Michigan. But when the storm sweeps through, the three women will discover that sisterhood and the sea can change hearts, lives, and futures . . . often in the most unpredictable of ways.

Ope’s Opinion:  My suggestion is that you don’t start this book until you have time to finish it.  It is a short one that will grab you from page one and keep you there until the end.  It is good to know there will be more since this is a prequel  to The Prayer Box. 

I am a huge Outer Banks fan, so a book set there always catches my attention.  This one moved very quickly and made me want more.  So, now I am looking forward to The Prayer Box.

Now I am looking forward to The Prayer Box.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.  de9fc-4chairs