CFBA: Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate
Blue Moon Bay may be a sequel, but it reads more like a stand alone novel, which IMO is good in a lot of ways. Moses Lake in a way is a character of it's own, so revisiting the lake area and it's residents is comforting, like coming home after a very long vacation, or traveling back to a favorite childhood memory of a family vacation. The story and main characters are new, only connecting to book one by the thread of location. But that works really well here.
Heather and her family have a lot of baggage. Her last year of high school is a tortured memory and she's shut down her ability to connect with people. Her mom and brother seem flighty and unreliable, irresponsible even. And Heather feels like the only one that can fix it all. She finds, like most of us do, that not even on our best days can we control our family or the events around us. That's a God thing. That never stops her from trying and the ensuing drama, mystery and love that abounds in the story is entertaining and also enlightening. Serving as a good reminder to all of us that God works in mysterious ways and that the truth isn't always what we want it to be. But happiness is still possible if you open up your heart.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Heather Hampton returns to Moses Lake, Texas, to help facilitate the sale of a family farm as part of a planned industrial plant that will provide the area with much-needed jobs. Heather's future fiance has brokered the deal, and Heather is in line to do her first large-scale architectural design--if the deal goes through.
But the currents of Moses Lake have a way of taking visitors on unexpected journeys. What was intended to be a quick trip suddenly morphs into Valentine's week--with Blaine Underhill, the handsome banker who just happens to be opposing Heather's project. Spending the holiday in an ex-funeral parlor seems like a nightmare, but Heather slowly finds herself being drawn into the area's history, hope, and heart.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Blue Moon Bay, go HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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). 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, a general market publisher. Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, Crossings Book Club, 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.