Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate

From the publisher: "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?"

The beginning of the book, or most of the book, is about Mallory adjusting to being a wife and mother.  The stories are sweet and it is easy to relate to the characters.  

It was slow paced however.  I didn't mind this at first but it tended to drag on after a while, with little hints on mystery, supernatural, and bits of God.  The book seemed unbalanced .  The majority of the book was about family and adjusting and then in the last part of the book it became more about a scandal and murder, etc.  And then suddenly...the book ends.  It seemed that neither the fully adjustment of family life, nor the murder mystery was resolved.  The reader is left to wonder if Mallory and Daniel will stay at Moses Lake under Jack West, or if Jack will kick them off because of their involvement in what happened (I don't want to give away too many details.)  

The mentions of the characters forming relationships with God was basically zero.  They attended church and in the end Mallory talks about how only God would orchestrate everything--but you don't see any of the characters really forming a real relationship.

I have never read anything by Lisa Wingate before and I honestly wasn't impressed.

I received my book free from Bethany House for my honest review.  

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