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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Every Once in a Blue Moon Your Heart Waits at a Crossroads

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.

About the Author

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Drenched, A Thousand Voices, and A Month of Summer. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.

More About the Author

Selected among BOOKLIST'S Top 10 of 2012 and Top 10 of 2013, Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable Southern settings with elements of women's fiction, history, and mystery to create stories that Publisher's Weekly calls "Masterful" and Library Journal refers to as "A good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Mary Alice Monroe."

Debbie Macomber says, "I am in awe of Lisa Wingate's talent. The Prayer Box is a masterpiece of storytelling and skill."

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


IN THE WRITER'S OWN WORDS: A special first grade teacher, Mrs. Krackhardt, made a writer out of me. That may sound unlikely, but it's true. It's possible to find a calling when you're still in pigtails and Mary Jane shoes, and to know it's your calling. I was halfway through the first grade when I landed in Mrs. Krackhardt's classroom. I was fairly convinced there wasn't anything all that special about me... and then, Mrs. Krackhardt stood over my desk and read a story I was writing. She said things like, "This is a great story! I wonder what happens next?"

It isn't every day a shy new kid gets that kind of attention. I rushed to finish the story, and when I wrote the last word, the teacher took the pages, straightened them on the desk, looked at me over the top, and said, "You are a wonderful writer!"

A dream was born. Over the years, other dreams bloomed and died tragic, untimely deaths. I planned to become an Olympic gymnast or win the National Finals Rodeo, but there was this matter of back flips on the balance beam and these parents who stubbornly refused to buy me a pony. Yet the writer dream remained. I always believed I could do it because... well... my first grade teacher told me so, and first grade teachers don't lie.

So, that is my story, and if you are a teacher, or know a teacher, or ever loved a special teacher, I salute you from afar and wish you days be filled with stories worth telling and stories worth reading.

Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Virginia on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate, author extraordinaire has done it again!!!! She's written a book that brings real life to the surface. Blue Moon Bay is about Heather Hampton returning to a place she couldn't wait to get away from...Home. A lot of us can identify with this feeling. When we were young we wanted to go out and conquer the world, which Heather has done. She has it all or thinks she does until she returns home and discovers how fast the past can take over.

Looking at the past as a young girl and looking at it as a grown woman sometimes forces you to take a hard second look. Good looking Blaine Underhill, high school football hero, turns out to be more human once he is taken off the pedestal. A mother and brother who conspired to make Heather's past life miserable now lead her through adventures she would rather not take. An old woman, once a caretaker, shows Heather love and wisdom, that has never changed...Heather's one constant in life. But with all the mystery and sneaking around, how can Heather save her crazy family? Heather feels there is no choice but to jump in and save all concerned and expose the villain, even if it happens to be her brother. Blue Moon Bay is a place where past meets present and future, come enjoy the ride across the Bay!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Fuller on February 1, 2012
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Lisa's new book brings us back to the lake. Once again she brings us characters that seem like people you know but forgot their names. If you don't know them you want to. The main character is Heather. She has her life just the way she wants it. She has her perfect job, and she is on the way to the top. She has a boyfriend, her best friend and even a plant. Well, it's a cactus, but it's a plant. Her apartment is decorated just the way she likes it. Her life is perfect. A planned project will hopefully get her that promotion she has been wanting. However, there is a glitch. Her mother needs to sign something, however her ever flighty mother has fled to the one place Heather promised herself she would never go again. The little town in Texas where her father died. When she travels to retrieve her mother, memories resurface, good and bad. She learns about herself and her past. She learns more about her family and she solves a mystery that she has been trying not to think about. She may even have found a life that is better than perfect. Great book! I didn't want to put it down!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Written by: Lisa Wingate
Published by: Bethany House

Always up for any contemporary fiction, I decided to read this Blue Moon Bay.

This the story of an architect named Heather, and a trip she takes back to a place that haunted her childhood. She arrives to find that her family who is staying there, including her mom and brother and great uncles, all have secrets, and no one wants to share any of them with Heather.

Who the book is for:

Contemporary fiction readers, especially women.

What I liked:

The last couple chapters were exciting and fast paced.

The many, diverse, characters made the book kind of fun.

What I didn't like:

This book moved pretty s-l-o-w-l-y until the last few chapters, and was quite boring.

My conclusion:

Wow. I really wish that the whole book had been like the last few chapters, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

I give Blue Moon Bay 3 out of 5stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D J Malone on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read several of Lisa's books before and have always liked them. This one was no different. I was surprised to receive a copy of "Blue Moon Bay" in the mail from the publisher to review. When this happens and I don't like a book then I just don't review it. I didn't have to worry about that with "Blue Moon Bay." Heather, the main character, is working in a high stress job with a large architectural firm. She is desperate for her family to sell the old farmplace so she can land a big job.

When she gets home she finds they don't want to sell the land anymore. Heather sees this as a disaster to her future. She doesn't understand why everyone is so secretive about what is going on and why they suddenly don't want to sell. Not only does she have to deal with secrets her family are keeping from her now there are old family secrets lurking on the family farm that Heather is afraid to face - but face them she must. In the end she finds out that work and a high stress job is not all there is in life.

I really enjoyed this story and I couldn't wait to get back to the book when I had to lay it down to do other things. The only thing I would say is that there are times when the book moves kind of slow and I wanted to get to other scenes a little faster. But this is a book well worth reading - you won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By butterfly on February 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
In some ways I feel like this book,Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate was written for and about me. All Heather's fears and tragedies faced at such a young age without the emotional tools to know how to deal with it. This is a great read about her journey through the fear, coming to terms with her childhood and learning to really live and love life without needing to control everything.

Thank you, Lisa, for your heartfelt, insightful writing. It always somehow reaches into my soul and moves me.....encourages! So inspiring!
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