Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: “Firefly Island” by Lisa Wingate

Firefly Island Lisa Wingate
Published: February 1, 2013
ISBN-10: 0764208233
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Recommended for readers looking for a work of Christian Contemporary Fiction

Summary (from the back of the book):
Mallory Hale’s life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love.  After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas—with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.

A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change.  But what she can’t shake is the unease she feels around her husband’s new boss, Jack West.  Jack’s presence—and his mysterious past—set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeing answers…and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn’t sure she wanted is the very place she’ll risk everything to save.

My thoughts:
First off, I want to go to Moses Lake.  One of the great strengths of Firefly Island is Wingate’s descriptive writing, not just with setting, but also with character.  Not only do I want to see the beauty Wingate describes, but also meet the people of the town. 

As a character, Mallory rang true to me.  I appreciated the fact that she had an adjustment period with her little fairy tale and I also appreciated how her new marriage had struggles.  It is so easy in books to make things too perfect and Wingate kept her main characters rooted in reality.

While this book was a page turner for me, I will admit that I didn’t feel that all the plots were adequately tied up.  There were a number of facets of the story that were still hanging after I turned the last page.  I also felt that the “sinister plot” regarding Firefly Island was just too difficult to fully understand.

While Firefly Island was not a completely satisfying novel for me, there were enough checks in the positive column to make it worth my time to read.  While the plot was not as clean as I would like, Wingate’s talent at creating character and scene is excellent.

To read more about this book, click here.

This review is part of a blog tour by LitFuse Publicity Group.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Lisa Wingate is celebrating the release of Firefly Island with an iPad Mini giveaway and a fun Facebook Author Chat Party (March 19th).  


  One fortunate winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • The Moses Lake series (Firefly Island, Blue Moon Bay and Larkspur Cove)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Firefly Island Author Chat Party on March 19th. Connect with Lisa, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Firefly Island and join Lisa on the evening of the March 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!

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