I just love this series! Blue Moon Bay is the second of Lisa Wingate's books set around Moses Lake in Texas. Although characters from the first book are mentioned in this one, this is an entirely separate story and there is no need to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one. Heather is an architect climbing the greasy pole to success in Seattle and her promotion depends on bringing her current clients' contract to completion. Her own family are involved in the deal and she must return to Moses Lake, the scene of a family tragedy.There, she is drawn deeper into an old mystery and forced to re-evaluate her life.
Once again, Lisa Wingate creates vivid and compelling characters and a great sense of place. Humour, tragedy, romance and adventure all have their place in this absorbing mystery. I felt I knew and loved the community around Moses Lake and began to understand what it must be like to live in a remote part of Texas and to share the traditional values of the people. The author does not fudge the difficult questions about life and as her characters faced their challenges and problems, I was provoked to think and evaluate life, too. There are life lessons in this book that I hope to remember forever. This is a Christian book, but is in no way preachy or pious. Its values are just very solid.
Lisa Wingate is an exceptionally good writer and this book is well above the average romantic mystery. Some books are to be read once and discarded, while others should be kept and read and re-read. This is one of the latter. I plan to read all this author's books.
on 8 April 2013
A really nice read, so nice I read it twice. I love Lisa's humor, characterizations and excellent story telling. Only confusing thing was the cover, as the story is set in the winter, why has it got a summer picture of on the cover? I will read Firefly Island next.