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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Moon Bay

If you are looking for a story in a place with a little romance, a little mystery and a whole lot of small town charm, then you will want to visit Moses Lake, Texas in Lisa Wingate's Blue Moon Bay.
From the bio section of Lisa's website:
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.
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.

 Blue Moon Bay is the second installment in Wingate's Moses Lake Series.  Lakespur Cove was the first.

Book Synopsis:
Every once in a blue moon your heart waits at a crossroads.  For Seattle architect Heather Hampton, a trip back to tiny Moses Lake, Texas, is hardly in the plan.  Yet because a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, Heather heads to the last place she ever wanted to go.  She's determined to return home, signed contract in hand, the next day.  But the currents of Moses Lake take visitors on unexpected journeys.  As Heather's stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to local banker Blaine Underhill, despite his opposition to Heather's project.  With each new revelation and question, Heather can't help but wonder if the handsome banker - and the family she has come to know again - are crooks or crusaders.  Somehow she must find out the truth before she loses everything she has worked for and everything she's found on the shores of Moses Lake.

My Thoughts:
Ms Wingate has written a beautiful story in Blue Moon Bay.  This is the first of this author's book I've read and I'm glad to have discovered her writing.  The story in this particular book is filled with multiple layers of intrigue:  family dysfunction, sweet romance, mystery and even a bit of humor in places.  I'm sorry I missed out on the first book in this series and will have to catch up at some point.  The third book Firefly Island is due to be published in February of 2013.  The book includes a discussion guide with questions that probe the many layers of conflict presented in the book making it an excellent pick for a book club.

Blue Moon Bay can be ordered from by going HERE.

Bethany House publishers sent me a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.

Happy Reading,