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.
My thoughts and giveaway:
Wow. This book is amazing.
We are immediately drawn into the life of Bonnie Rose (O’Brian) and the mystery surrounding her and her little sister. Lisa does a great job of feeding the reader bits and pieces of what happened to Bonnie Rose but never giving you the whole bite all at once. This is perfect and kept me fully engaged.
In this book we are bouncing back and forth between Bonnie Rose’s story in the past to Allie Kirkland’s story in the present.
Again, with Allie you are receiving bits and pieces of this back story, just enough to keep you wanting more. Allie is working on a set that will be reenacting Bonnie Rose’s story. Even Allie doesn’t know the story so nothing is given away.
I found the set up that Lisa (the author) did with this book very good. Each story builds into the other. It’s like getting pieces of the puzzle. You know when you are putting together a puzzle and you are search for that one piece and you find it? You have that “Ah-ha” moment. Every chapter is like an ah-ha moment.
There’s also some romance too. Bonnie Rose meets a kind captain on the boat that takes her to Wildwood Creek. She leaves him and I am hoping he will come to her rescue at some point in the book.
With Allie there is the mysterious cowboy that I want her to get to know better.
Yes, this books has all the ingredients of a excellent read.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.