Wildwood Creek

wildwood creek

With love and loss tangled together, how was she to know where her life would lead?

Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father’s unfinished destiny. When she’s offered a production assistant’s job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father’s footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream. 

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region’s folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood–including Blake Fulton, Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set–seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn’t know whom she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself…with the most unthinkable results.


“A black sheep is a black sheep, but he’s a sheep too. And the Lord loves sheep, and the Lord loves you.”(pg 74 ) That quote right there is probably one of my favorites from Lisa Wingate’s new book Wildwood Creek.  Now even though Lisa Wingate has been around for a while and written a few other books this is my first attempt at reading one of her books. I have to be honest as always. When I finished and closed the book, I honestly was completely unsure what to feel about this book. I had many mixed feeling about Wildwood Creek. So let me try and sort them out for you.

First I loved the fact that it was a mystery. There is only so much a non girly girly can take in the “girl section” of fiction writing. Don’t get me wrong there is a little romance here and there between Allie and Blake and some other characters but not enough to ruin the story line itself. I had my eye on a couple of the “bad guys” in the book, and the ending doesn’t disappoint once you get there.

Another part of the book that I loved was the Grandma Rita quotes. I always love quirky Grandma quotes. (My own Grandmother is still alive and is a quick as she has ever been) Besides the quote that I posted above, there were some very good reflection points in the book that actually make me mark up my book and highlight them. (Something one should never do 😉 ) There were so many characters to choose from that you wanted to root for and to like.

Which brings me to the part of the book I didn’t like. It felt underdeveloped. When you are trying to fit in two complete stories and jumping back and forth between the 1800’s (to Bonnie Rose’s story) back to present day (to Allie Kirkland’s story) it can get complicated. Sometimes the characters just fell flat. Almost like you just should have known what they were thinking. That left some parts of the book dry and hard to get through. This book could have easily been turned into two books, with each lady getting her full story told. There was such potential for amazing characters. Not that they were bad, just dry.

Overall though if you are a Lisa Wingate fan you should read this book. In its entirety it wasn’t a bad book to read. I may go and search out some of her other books to read just to get a feel for her style of writing a bit more.


I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.

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