Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate takes a serious tone in her new novel, taking a look at several topics relevant to today's culture. The after effects of divorce, abandonment, regret over the past...just a few of the issues.

"Larkspur Cove" gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the citizens of the small lakeside community of Moses Lake. And I must say, this is contemporary fiction at its finest. Lisa has a way of developing a story to its fullest potential.

Andrea Henderson takes up residence in her parent's old home in the development of Larkspur Cove with her young son, trying to rebuild after a horrific year. Dustin wants no part of their new life; he wants to be with his father.

But Dustin's father doesn't seem to want to be with him.

Game Warden Mart McClendon has also returned to Moses Lake, trying to escape the past. Regret over the loss of his brother and nephew threaten to drown him. He's looking for forgiveness, but will he find it in the inhabitants of Moses Lake? Or will he have to look higher?

The two are brought together by a little girl, an old, disabled man, and a set of mysterious circumstances. Who is she, where does she belong, and what can Mart and Andrea do about it?

Lisa's change in narrative between Andrea and Mart is engaging and keeps up a nice pace. However, I must admit the reading is rather leisurely and relaxed, much like a Southern novel. Things pick up near the end when lives collide in a surprising climax to the tale.

"Larkspur Cove" was a nice, enjoyable reading experience...leaving me feeling refreshed by my stay on Moses Lake. That's why I'm giving "Larkspur Cove" four out of five bookmarks, with a life vest as a charm.

My thanks to my friends at Bethany House for my copy of this wonderful novel. Pick up a copy for yourself today!

Happy Reading!



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