Wildwood Creek is a cross between a contemporary story—Allie Kirkland finds employment setting up for a historical re-enactment of a mysterious happening, and ends up cast in one of the leading roles—and the actual lives of the people who lived in Wildwood in 1861.
As Allie struggles to adapt to a primitive way of life, she learns more about the character she is portraying. Bonnie Rose and her younger sister traveled to Wildwood to escape their hideous past, only to meet more challenges, suspicion and threats. The more Allie discovers about Bonnie, the more she wants to know. Her information stems from an unexpected source, and a stranger on the set shows more than a passing interest in Allie as she deals with her own past and perceptions of life.
Besides looking inside herself for answers, Allie also tries to understand what happened to the people who disappeared from Wildwood in 1861. Will this remain a mystery or will the rest of Bonnie Rose’s story be unearthed before the summer crew packs up and heads back to civilization?
The switches in time periods are managed well in this novel, not always chapter for chapter, but clearly specified. Readers discover historic details through set design, clothing, traditional vocations, and the struggles of modern day people to adapt to this new way of life. An ingenious method of conveying historical facts.
I liked the wide range of characters in both time periods and how they worked together to create a fascinating story of mystery, desperation, love and determination.
A worthwhile and memorable read by Lisa Wingate.
THE OFFICIAL BIO: Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and the author of over twenty mainstream fiction novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its nineteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novels are known for taking on gritty subjects while offering redemptive and uplifting themes. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. More information about Lisa’s novels can be found at www.Lisawingate.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LisaWingateAuthorPage?fref=ts.