Friday, March 30, 2012

Book review: Blue Moon Bay

I started working as a toxicologist again this week, so most of my daytime hours have been filled with thoughts of science. So it was especially nice to be able to escape to a different world in the evening- in this case the world of Moses Lake, Texas through the pages of a new book by Lisa Wingate called Blue Moon Bay. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

For Seattle architect Heather Hampton, a trip back to tiny Moses Lake, Texas, is hardly in the plan. Yet because a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, Heather heads to the last place she ever wanted to go. She's determined to return home, signed contract in hand, the next day.
But the currents of Moses Lake take visitors on unexpected journeys. As Heather's stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to local banker Blaine Underhill, despite his opposition to Heather's project. With each new revelation and question, Heather can't help but wonder if the handsome banker--and the family she has come to know again--are crooks or crusaders. Somehow she must find out the truth before she loses everything she has worked for and everything she's found on the shores of Moses Lake.
Blue Moon Bay definitely focuses on life as seen from Heather's eyes, and while her character and the character of Ruth are very well-written, some of the other supporting characters, while likeable, seemed a little flat.  I also thought the end of the book was a bit rushed, as all of a sudden all the storylines that had been opening up over several hundred pages were all resolved in just a few pages.

Still, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was entertaining and well-written. It has a bit of everything in it- a sweet love story, confrontations with the main character (Heather's) past, complicated and evolving family dynamics, and even some mystery revolving around a local corporation.  So if you're looking for a romance novel or thriller or dramatic book, this book will check all those boxes for you. I will be looking for other books from Lisa Wingate!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.