Friday, March 8, 2013

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate

About the Book:

At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men--fortunately, they're related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can't imagine her future without them.

Mallory couldn't be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.

Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?

My Thoughts:

"Firefly Island" is part Pioneer Woman and part Queen Esther.  This is Lisa's third novel about Moses Lake, a small rural community deep in the heart of Texas (isn't there a song about that somewhere??). and introduces us to some delightful new characters.  Some old favorites tag along as well!

Mallory is adorable, especially when she's in love (read that in a sing-songy voice like her four older sisters would, please:-).  The object of her whirlwind affection is also fun to know: Daniel Webster Everson.  But make sure you save plenty of room in your heart for little man Nick---how sweet he is!

Pop Dorsey is back along with the interesting people at the Waterbird Bait and Grocery, as well as Len and Birdie, and the Docksiders (who could forget that lovable group?).  Along the way you'll meet Al and Keren, Sergio and Claudia...and Jack West.  You won't know how you feel about him for a good long while, and that's okay.

Mallory doesn't know how she feels about Jack for a good long while, either!  Be prepared for a host of new people to meet on Moses Lake.

And, admit it.  You've got to love a novel that allows you the thrill of first sight, romance, courtship and ever after...all within the first few chapters!  The bulk of the story chronicles life after the wedding, when Daniel takes the job offer in Moses Lake, moving his bride and preschooler to a place completely opposite of life in fast moving, world changing Washington, D.C.

How in the world does an up-and-comer like Mallory adjust to being a new wife, instant stay-at-home mom and small town dweller?  It's even harder than you might think, and infinitely more complex than she counted on. 

Surprises abound for the former mover and shaker of Capital Hill.  A few of the four and eight legged kind spring to mind even now.

Throw in a mystery that will keep you guessing until the last two chapters and you've got an excellent novel to both entertain and inspire you.  Oh, you make me wish I was born and raised a Southern woman!

I've taken several trips to Moses Lake via Lisa Wingate's fictional tales, and I've enjoyed every single one...but this is my favorite journey by far.  I received a copy of "Firefly Island" by taking part in a virtual book tour with LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Be prepared for a long, leisurely that is infinitely satisfying.  "Firefly Island" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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