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This book caught me off-guard. I was expecting a historical tale about a family that lived on the Mississippi River. What I discovered was the devastating story of Georgia Tann’s Tennessee Children’s Home Society and the baby/child trafficking that was so long hidden from the public.

The part about Georgia Tann and her baby business is true. The story itself is a riveting revelation of the terror and helplessness these children could have gone through as they were betrayed into Georgia Tann’s clutches.

The story of the family at the center of the book moves from freedom and happiness to fear, horror and separation. It’s a page-turner in a dark world, and to me, the realization that similar horrors happened to hundreds of children, made it even darker.

I followed up this audio book with an internet search of Georgia Tann and her infamous life, and was stunned by the facts. Some evils take a long time to be uncovered and stopped.

Kudos to Lisa Wingate for finding this story, digging up the facts, and passing them along to fiction readers. A chilling but fascinating read.

Lisa Wingate

 

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51URniw8njL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve read a number of Lisa Wingate’s novels and enjoyed every one. Talk of the Town affirmed my love for Wingate’s writing. This contemporary Christian fiction is really funny. The characters are just crazy enough to be believable, and for those of us who grew up in or around a very small town, we understand the distinctiveness of the townspeople, their connectedness for better or for worse, the real life that happens in places most people have never heard of.

Mandalay Florentino is the associate producer for the reality TV show, American Megastar. She arrives in Daily, Texas from L.A. to set up the final countdown of the current season, which will feature small-town girl, Amber Anderson. Amber has come through the season with great applause, and now Mandalay is charged with keeping the hometown segment a secret.

There are several obstacles to Mandalay’s success. First of all, the tabloids have been alive lately with scorching gossip about Amber’s love life, which will hurt her ratings as a gospel singer. Will the paparazzi converge on Daily before the segment has been completed?

Secondly, Mandalay’s boss is a nasty piece of work who expects Mandalay to keep everything under wraps no matter what, and if she doesn’t, there’s no doubt her job will be on the line.

Thirdly, Mandalay has no idea how the news leaked out, but when she arrives in Daily, she sees a banner on Main Street declaring Amber as Megastar’s Hometown Finalist.

Meanwhile, sixty-something Imagene Doll is trying to come to terms with widowhood. She knows everyone in town, and as a “Dailyian,” she hears all the latest gossip. They all have concerns about their sweet Amber Anderson, and when “Amanda-lee” shows up in town, Imagene and her friends figure she must be connected with Amber’s show.

I love the quirkiness of Daily, the unique and often eccentric people who inhabit the town, and the unpredictable nature of the story itself. The local auto body shop is located in the same building as the hair salon, which is next door to the café where Imagene works. In Imagene’s words, “I’d come upon a dead raccoon on my way into town, so I was next door at the Daily Hair and Body getting my car fixed and my hair redone.”

Donetta, who sometimes sees visions in the window of her beauty shop, owns and operates the hair salon, and the neglected hotel. The Beulah Suite consists of two connected chambers. One features assorted Elvis memorabilia, which is where Mandalay is directed.

But who is Carter Woods and how did he end up in the other half of the Beulah suite, the one with the Care Bear theme? Does he also have connections with the show, or is he just a guy from a town down the road with other business to attend to? Wherever he’s from, Mandalay finds herself drawn to him, in spite of the fact that she is engaged to be married.

Author Lisa Wingate has succeeded in crafting an intriguing, entertaining and inspiring novel that manages to also focus the reader on the merits of living a life committed to the Lord. This spiritual aspect of life is rather new to Mandalay, but is being renewed in Imagene and her friends.

Another endearing aspect of this story is the strong moral implication that every person, no matter their background, financial status—good or bad—or personal baggage, is important to God and should be treated as such.

Throughout this rollicking story, basic tenets of faith and morality are intrinsic. Truth becomes the important factor that sorts out a lot of issues. When I reached the final page of the story, I wanted it to continue.

I give this book 5 stars because of the skill with which the author has woven together all the elements of a good story, and imbued it all with southern charm.

I noticed in the front matter that there’s a second book in the Daily, Texas series: Word Gets Around. I plan to read that one as soon as possible.

By the way, I read a free digital copy of this book, so check on the website for this option. Read, enjoy, and write your own review. Reviews and good ratings can make the day for a writer.

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51KuzNt3LSL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

Whitney Monroe has moved from setting up high-end restaurants around the globe to settling closer to home, opening a couple of eating places in partnership with her cousin. It seemed like a winning situation at the outset, but she failed to do her homework. There are people who don’t appreciate the competition, and they are conspiring against her.

To complicate matters, Whitney receives a call from a stranger on North Carolina’s Outer Banks—specifically the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. It’s the place she and her mother used to visit every summer when Whitney was a child, after her father’s untimely death, before her mother married Clyde, the jerk, and then died of cancer without telling Whitney how sick she was. The caller says Whitney’s stepfather needs care. Will she neglect her troubled restaurants to take care of a man who dislikes her as much as she does him?

When Whitney shows up at the rickety Excelsior Hotel, she is greeted by distrust. If she sells the hotel, she may be able to save her restaurants, but she will also destroy the dreams of local business owners, Mark Strahan in particular.

As she sorts through the mess left at the Excelsior, Whitney discovers family letters and treasures no one is aware of, and she is faced with an entirely new perspective of who she is and how her life has been influenced by the past.

Will Whitney learn to understand her mother’s unexplained decisions? Will she risk trusting Mark? Will she allow herself to trust the One who loves her more than life itself?

Lisa Wingate has once again created a gripping tale that connects the past and the present, fiction and fact. She bases her imaginative story on formerly unknown facts collected by the Federal Writers’ Project during the Great Depression. This fascinating premise is the foundation of a strong story of love and trust, of mistakes and misunderstandings, of selfless decisions and newfound faith.

 

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Wildwood Creek

Wildwood Creek

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.

Author Lisa Wingate

Author 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.

 

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