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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451216644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451216649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When eight-year-old Sydney leaves Denver to spend the summer in Mexico with her estranged father, Geoff, at the start of this third novel in Wingate's Texas Hill Country series, her mother, divorced paleontologist Lindsey Attwood, doesn't quite know what to do with herself. At the behest of her twin sister, Laura, and girlfriend Collie Collins (the protagonist of the series' first novel, Texas Cooking), Lindsey finds herself in San Saline, Tex., helping solve a mystery of missing dinosaur tracks on a local ranch while posing as a member of a horse psychology class. Lindsey falls for veterinarian-turned-cowboy Zach Truitt, and as their romance blooms, she wrestles with the problems that consume her: faith, fear and doubts about her ability to love again. Of course, in the end, the horse psychology class actually teaches Lindsey a thing or two—she conquers her fear of horses, makes peace with her ex-husband, solves the dinosaur case and learns to both accept and revel in her new relationship. Wingate attempts to mesh mystery with romance, but with slapdash writing and flat characters, her latest novel comes up short of her previous books' sincerity and warmth.
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Lindsey Attwood, a paleontologist, has tried to maintain a structured and safe life in Denver for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Sydney. Now Sydney's father has suddenly decided to become involved, inviting Sydney to stay with him and his young wife in Mexico while he is on an archeological dig. Lindsey then joins her sister in Texas on an undercover mission involving dinosaur tracks. She enrolls in horse-psychology classes as a cover, and everything starts changing. A big white dog pretty much adopts her, and she and rancher Zach Truitt, who is just as shy as Lindsey, enter tentatively into a relationship. Once again, Wingate delivers the sort of tender tale filled with love, hope, and spirituality that keeps her many readers coming back for more. Patty Engelmann
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Romantic, funny and always a touching story.
J. F. SMITH
This series is my introduction to Lisa Wingate and Over the Moon is the third book.
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I enjoyed eating up Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By chelseareader on November 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is my first Lisa Wingate book, but it won't be my last. The cover and title intrigued me, so I thought I'd give it a try, and WOW, I'm hooked. I read it in less than twenty-four hours, and my only regret was that the fun was over too soon. This is the type of book that transports you so completely, you're surprised (and a little disappointed) to wake up in your own world when you reach the end. The settings were beautiful, and the characters were real people with real problems and challenges in their lives. I not only felt that I knew them, I felt that I could BE one of them. The book also had a spiritual side that was uplifting, but at the same time made me think about life and what is important.

Overall, I laughed, I cried, I loved spending time with the residents of this crazy Texas town. Now I'm off to order the rest of her books! GREAT READ.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on March 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a devoted Lisa Wingate fan ~~ I have read all of her books now and cannot wait for her newest one! This one happened to be out at a bookstore I was browsing through when finished with a doctor's appointment and naturally, I grabbed it! Once again, Wingate didn't disappoint me!

This one focuses on Lindsey, one of the trio that has dominated the Texas books. Lindsey is Laura's twin and Collie's best friend. Lindsey had just sent her daughter off to Mexico to spend a summer with her dad, Lindsey's ex-husband. Lost and bereft of companionship, Lindsey traveled down to Texas to see Laura. Together, Laura and Collie hatched a plan to get Lindsey out of her rut ~~ and sent her to Collie's cousin's horse ranch undercover to find out what happened to the missing dinosaur tracks. Taking a class in horse psychology, Lindsey finds out what matters in life and falls in love with Zach, one of the locals.

It is a fun book ~~ a fast read and enjoyable. Lindsey is the more put-together of the three and more organized. Laura and Collie are featured briefly in this book but it's a focus on Lindsey and Zach. It has a bit of folklore in there and a bit of history and it's just fun reading! Perfect for those lazy summer days coming up! Once you've read Wingate's books, you're always drawn back to her characters over and over again!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane Myers Perrine on March 7, 2006
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This is my favorite of Ms. Wingate's novels and I've read them all. It is funny--very funny--and the romance is very special from the start. Lindsey is hard to like at times but she grows and changes, a control freak who falls in love and gives up control.

Best of all is Mr. Grits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lorna G. Poston on May 12, 2006
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I liked this book. Know that before reading further.

However, this book is part of a series and they are all the same. Collie, Laura and Lindsey are best friends. The first book, Texas Cooking, featues Collie as the main character. The second, Lone Star Cafe', features Laura and now Over The Moon at the Big Lizard Diner features Lindsay.

In all three books, the main character (Collie, Laura or Lindsey) ends up in Texas on a job that was to take them there only a few days. But in each book, they met a cowboy that was not their type, fell in love after a few days anyway, then they were offered a beyond belief dream job that they had been waiting for their whole lives.

At that point, in each book, the main character had to decide on living their dream or if this cowboy was their soul mate.

All three of the books are good as a stand alone. But read together, one after the other, and it is like the movie Ground Hog Day where the same thing happens over and over and over.......
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Paleontologist cataloguer and single mom Lyndsey Attwood misses her daughter, who is spending the summer with her father, Geoff, the first time the absent dad has been with his eight years old daughter. Her twin sister Laura recognizes that her sibling is lonely so asks her to spend time with in San Saline, Texas. Knowing she cannot face her walls without Sydney, Lyndsey takes leave and travels from Denver.

In Texas, Laura's reporter pal Collie Collins (see TEXAS COOKING), asks Lindsey to go undercover by pretending to attend a horse psychology seminar in order to help her solve a mystery involving missing dinosaur tracks on a local ranch. Lindsey meets and begins to fall in love with former veterinarian cowboy Zach Truitt; he reciprocates. However, she has doubts about relationships with males having been burned once before

The latest Big Lizard Bottoms tale is a fun Texas contemporary romance with a mystery subplot that never really matters as the missing dinosaur tracks takes a back seat to the relationship drama. The story line is driven by the antics of the zany secondary cast, who help the Rocky Mountain visitor learn about Texas high life where trust is more important than anything else whether it is with horse or human.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. on April 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I loved this book - as I've loved ALL of Lisa Wingate's books. As usual, I never want the stories to end. I am a devoted fan who has started a small following here in Pennsylvania. Lisa Wingate's books are not only fun to read, but the touch the heart and comfort the soul.

Lisa, keep on writing - and tell us what happens to Lindsay, Laura, Collie and their families!
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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.

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