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Larkspur Cove (The Shores of Moses Lake Book #1)

Larkspur Cove (The Shores of Moses Lake Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Wingate
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Adventure is the last thing on Andrea Henderson's mind when she moves to Moses Lake. After surviving the worst year of her life, she's struggling to build a new life for herself and her son as a social worker. Perhaps in doing a job that makes a difference, she can find some sense of purpose and solace in her shattered faith.

For new Moses Lake game warden Mart McClendon, finding a sense of purpose in life isn't an issue. He took the job to get out of southwest Texas and the constant reminders of a tragedy for which he can't forgive himself.

But when a little girl is seen with the town recluse, Mart and Andrea are drawn together in the search for her identity. The little girl offers them both a new chance at redemption and hope--and may bring them closer than either ever planned.

About the Author

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Drenched a Thousand Voices, and A Month of Summer. Her work was recently honoured by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live near Waco, Texas

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764208217
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you and pulls you in 1 Sep 2013
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I am not really. Huge fan of romance but I liked the look of the blurb on this one so decided to give it a go. Every so often a book will grab you and pull you in and this was very definitely one of those books. Romance books can often be sickly sweet but this one avoids that trap. The characters are real and remain so throughout the book. You get a real sense of the types of people who live deep inside the woods and mountains of Texas, so much so that I could picture them perfectly. I could feel my emotions being pulled every which way as I rooted for each and every one of them. I loved the main characters Andrea, Mart and also the little girl. I cannot say too much about her without giving away the story but needless to say she is as well drawn as the others.

Lisa Wingate has an evocative writing style and paints a perfect picture of the natural beauty of the area. I could hear the call of the birds and feel the wind in my hair as I travelled across the lake by boat. This is a Christian book but the Christian message is subtle and does not overwhelm. It is skilfully weaves I to the story I. Order to support but not take over. This book could be enjoyed by Christians and non Christians alike.

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Wingate but it certainly won't be the last. I only downloaded it this morning and I have been reading it all day. It will not come as a surprise therefore that I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 25 Sep 2013
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As this was a freebie, I didn't expect much other than a time filling read. I was pleasantly surprised with the story and felt the characters were well written and not stereotypical. I would definitely go on to buy the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Dec 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Peace and Tranquility 4 Feb 2011
By Deborah - Published on
When going to a lake house, one usually goes there to find peace, tranquility and quietness. It's not usually supposed to bring adventure or unrest. That, unfortunately, is what happens to Andrea as she and her son have moved to Moses Lake and find themselves wrapped up in all sorts of events that they didn't see coming.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Mart and Andrea. They start off on the wrong foot, have wrong first impressions about each other, but then circumstances force them to work together and then eventually fall for each other. Even though they have their differences, their concern over the welfare of the little girl at Len's outweighs everything else. The story alternates between Andrea's and Mart's points of view. It's nice to see the two different views of certain events as well as knowing exactly how each feels about each other and not having just to guess.

In other books that I have read, representatives from Child Protective Services often come off as the bad guys. In this book, they are portrayed as people who honestly care about children and their well being. While I understand that it might not always be the case, it was at least nice to see them being extremely helpful in the story. Len's situation as an unexpected guardian is quite sad and the circumstances that bring him to this new position are not the best one can wish for. Unfortunately, there are many children in this country that suffer from condition that Birdie faced and it's sad that not all of them will have the same ending that she did.

Even though faith is not about heavily in the story, refinding faith and keeping it is a strong part of the story. Past events in Andrea's life have caused her to lose her faith and her trust in God. The same happened with Mart. The two are therefore connected even though they don't realize it at first. These are two very realistic situations that can cause even the strongest of believers to question their faith and felt that Wingate handled them very well.

Overall, this is a wonderful book from Wingate. I've read her Daily, TX series and this is a nice departure from the humor that was in that series. The book handles a serious topic about the welfare of a child but mixes in some light romance and a parent/child relationship as well. I haven't read her other books published by NAL Accent yet but if they're anything like this one, I better get a move on it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling makes this Christian romance top notch 3 Feb 2011
By Christina Lockstein - Published on
Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate is a compelling and heartfelt novel of finding yourself and healing the past. Andrea Henderson has moved with her fourteen-year-old son Dustin to her parents' cottage on Moses Lake to recuperate from a terrible divorce that has left her trying to support them on her own and picking up the broken pieces of her dreams. When she took the job as a counselor for Child Protective Services, she had no idea just what that would entail in this remote area where GPS is useless and directions are given using bullet hole ridden stop signs and trees struck by lightning. Mart McClendon has returned to Moses Lake to heal some wounds of his own. Working as the game warden, he ends up running into teens in trouble, so he assumes after catching Dustin with some other kids, that Andrea is just another parent too busy to worry about what's really going on with her child. But Mart and Andrea are forced to work together when it's discovered that a strange man living up in the hills has a young girl living with him, and no one seems to know where she came from. Their investigation will force them to re-evaluate their opinions of each other, as well as start to deal with the tragedies in their pasts. Wingate is a terrific writer. While this is technically a romance, there is unexpected death and heart to the story. Readers will want to pack up and move to Moses Lake, a small town populated by people who genuinely care for each other (even as they gossip and tease), and when a neighbor is in need, the whole community turns out to help. Wingate paces the tenuous relationship between Mart and Andrea perfectly, not rushing, and allowing it to build at a natural and beautiful pace. She populates the book with many interesting sub-characters, and I hope that she will revisit Moses Lake soon to tell their tales as well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To many things unsaid 20 July 2011
By weatherlover1 - Published on
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Andrea and her son Dustin are living in her parents lake house on Moses Lake as she gets her feet back under her after a divorce. She has taken a job as a counselor doing CPS referrals. A lot of the appointments are in the back country and she soon finders herself getting to know the local game warden. Her first impression of him is not very good which sets the stage for some tense conversations. Soon she finds she is wrong about him and she is starting to develop feelings that go beyond professional.

Mart came to Moses Lake to get away from a painful loss of his brother and nephew. He just wants to do his job and not deal with the past. He at first thinks Andrea is a parent who does not care about her kid but he soon finds out that is not the case and also finds himself having feeling for her. Will these two find love as they work together to help a little girl or will the past keep them apart?

This book took me a little bit to get into but I enjoyed it. The writing style was a little different then most books I read, almost poetic at times. The characters of the small town where fun and you feel like you know what it would be like to actually be there with them. The side story line of a little girl and dealing with CPS was interesting though I wondered if the game warden would have been as involved in such a case. On the romance side of the story it felt a little lacking. The author does a great job explaining why both characters have reserves about getting into a relationship but I felt they never told each other. Mart kind of figured it out on his own and Andrea never really got to find out in depth about Mart's loss. It just felt a little flat so then the climax was not as exciting for me.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I thought the storyline was interesting and the love story was heart warming.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading Larkspur Cove 30 Jan 2014
By Christine M. Kline - Published on
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Lisa Wingate is becoming one of my favorite authors after first reading her book, "The Prayer Box".
Larkspur Cove is a wonderful read that draws the reader in with interesting characters, great storytelling and lots of subtle, inspirational wisdom!
Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relevant 16 April 2011
By N. Taylor - Published on
I received this book from Bethany House Publisher and took it on vacation. It was a relaxing vacation read. Andrea is a middle aged woman whose life is thrown upside down when she discovers her husband has been doing things to dishonor their wedding vows and playing with the church tithes. Now a single mother of an estranged teenage son, she goes about making sense of her current life. She is relying on the charity of her parents and the use of their vacation home and trying to establish herself professionally while seeking her new relationship with God. And then there is Mart, the highly attractive game warden who is kissing her by the dockside which doesn't sound too shabby to me.

I liked the story because Andrea's struggles are very relevant to many women of a certain age. Many women who have spent a decade or two with a good husband discover their husbands make different decisions and the women are scrambling to catch up professionally in order to make a living. The story explores the complex relationship of juggling a career, being a single mother, and possibly dating. There is the added intrigue of Len, the recluse and the sudden appearance of little Birdie which I enjoyed simply because of the community support. But the real story was Andrea's metamorphosis into a single mother/professional/likes kissing game wardens/needs other people/redefining her relationship to God.

3.5 stars
Clean read.
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