Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review: Blue Moon Bay

About the Book:
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 Review:
As I read the first page, I was immediately, I mean immediately, drawn in! There, Lisa Wingate painted a vivid image of Heather's inner "demons" or nightmares from many years past. As the story unfolds,  a shocking revelation becomes know and adds suspense.

Lisa's ability to create imagery can be "seen" throughout the rest of this book. As she described character's appearances, the location of Blue Moon Bay and the eery sounds at night, I almost felt a part of the story. I could easily follow along with the events and the story flowed, which is something I look for in a worthy read. Her writing style is creative and conveyed the character's voice extremely well. 

The other thing I really liked about this book was the emotion. Heather's reconciliation with her mother was moving and the tears she shed may just cause to to shed a few of your own.

The character's were all easy to fall in love with and relate to. Uncles, an elderly Mennonite women and an exuberant dog all capture the reader's interest and heart as does the "charming" family-run funeral home. All of the main and minor characters have been developed to be very real and three-dimenstional. Heather, specifically, was double-minded many times but that characteristic contributed to making her character relatable. 

I appreciated the time and effort Lisa put into writing such a great book but also for including inspiring and relevant quotes for each chapter such as: The future is a blank page, but not a mystery.

If your looking for a suspense novel, a good ol' fashion romance, or just an engaging read, then you should definitely give Blue Moon Bay a try especially for the price that Amazon is offering it for.

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