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Firefly Island: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2013
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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--New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani
SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES YOU ON AN ADVENTURE COMPLETELY OFF THE MAP
Mallory Hale's life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas--with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.
A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. But what she can't shake is the unease she feels around her husband's new boss, Jack West. Jack's presence--and his mysterious past--set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers . . . and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn't sure she wanted is the very place she'll risk everything to save.
Praise for Blue Moon Bay
"Versatile and popular author Wingate presents a warm and expressive modern twist on the parable of the Prodigal Son, or, in this case, Prodigal Daughter, that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers."
--Booklist, starred review
"In this third volume of award-winning novelist Wingate's Moses Lake series, Mephistopheles meets modern love in a cozy [story]". --Publishers Weekly
"Versatile and prolific Wingate weaves a story of deception, secrecy, and scandal...
Wingate's many fans and fans of women's fiction will find this novel about one
woman's struggle to discover who she is meant to be deeply satisfying." --Booklist
Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker and national bestselling author of several books, including the ACFW Carol Award-winners Never Say Never and Dandelion Summer. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are times when life is a cursor on a blank page, blinking in a rhythm a bit like an electronic heartbeat, tapping out a question in three little words. What- Comes- Next?
Time and space and life wait for an answer. A blank page is an ocean of possibilities.
So begins Lisa Wingate's exciting new book, Firefly Island. Daniel, Mallory and Nick leave for an unforgettable journey from the DC area to beautiful Moses Lake, Texas. Daniel leaves his job as a USDA biochemist to work for a mysterious and wealthy Texan named Jack West. Jack has secrets. He has a ranch with thousands of acres where he needs Daniel's expertise to help develop new and better crops under extreme conditions. The young boy, Nick, and Jack's dog Pecos become inseparable friends.
The Frontier Woman and Al keep the reader looking forward to their next venture.
As in all Lisa Wingate's books, Firefly Island has many lessons about life. "The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place", by Barbara DeAngelis, is one example.
Firefly Island is an outstanding and exciting book. I have read it twice and I highly recommend Firefly Island!
As quick as a snap, she is married, with a U-Haul behind their vehicle and headed to, of all places in the world, Texas. Middle of nowhere, Texas. Upon awakening in her new home she finds that she has gone from riches to rags. The ancient ranch home is filled with life...rodents, insects and scorpions and one large dog. Mallory takes on the daily battle for her men to have a varmint free home, and is overwhelmed with the tasks of nest-building and step-mothering. And, to top it off, her new husband leaves far too early and comes home far too late every day.
A strange place this Moses Lake, where people aren't who they seem to be and where ragged little children are suddenly grabbing her new son, Nick. She watches and learns from people she would never have touched before and finds friends who can be counted on when she runs headlong into a mystery that puts them in danger. What happened to the ranch owner's wife and son who disappeared years ago?Read more ›
Merely pages into Firefly Island I discovered my likeness to Miss Wingate's writing style. It has made me wonder why I haven't read anything by her before and how that will have to change. This story is what I would describe as a contemporary romance with a touch of humor and mystery woven in.
Mallory's head is a fun place to be in. She has such a fun personality and outlook on life that made it hard to set the book down. Though she's very practical in a lot of ways she still takes many a leap of faith. While slowly adjusting into her new role as a stay-at-home mom, she does ponder some deep questions about God. It just saddened me that He wasn't as involved in the story as He could have been.
Miss Wingate has done an excellent job with Firefly Island. She accomplished writing a great lead character that we can get to know and relate to. And she also brings Moses Lake to life before our eyes. I really felt that small-town closeness. :-) If you like contemporary romance novels with some mystery, this is for you!
I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!
"Firefly Island" appears to be the third book in the Moses Lake series, but I found it to be a great stand-alone novel. Don't feel like you have to start with Book 1, though I now look forward to grabbing the other books in this series.
This author clearly loves language. Her descriptions are fantastic, her dialog realistic, her characters three-dimensional. I loved the book and could hardly put it down.
A faith element (Christian perspective) is clearly present, but I didn't find it overwhelming or oppressive. It didn't really show until the second half of the book anyway. Also, romance was present, but not over the top. I'm not one to enjoy sappy, predictable love stories. This definitely was not one of those. Yes, there was romance, but it played a supporting role to the more prevalent themes of connection, belonging, cultural contrasts and political intrigue.
My only complaint with this book lies in the simplistic depiction of blogging. As a blogger, I found it more than a little irritating how easy it all came to the main character. She garnered 200 followers after writing a single post? Within a month she received national attention? That just isn't believable, especially considering the character's lack of writing/publishing experience and tech/web knowledge. This, however, was the only aspect of the book that slowed me down, and even so just a touch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the start of this book, which I thought was a little slow, it developed into an interesting story.Published 1 month ago by Marjorie Designs
I wasn't overly impressed. I finished the book because I hoped for a good ending but it really didn't satisfy my interest.Published 2 months ago by Veda O.
Great story but the ending wrapped up really quickly and left to many puzzles unsolved after talking about them for the whole bookPublished 3 months ago by kat
I have loved all books written by Lisa Wingate and was not disappointed with this one.Published 4 months ago by Sbell
This book was so boring I could hardl stand it. This is the third Lisa Wingate Moses Lake book I have read and each one is worse than the book before. Read morePublished 5 months ago by teolewis
I really enjoyed the fast paced story unfolding to show how when love comes it can over take your life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love everything Lisa writes. She has a unique style that makes it hard to put down.Published 8 months ago by Jackie morgan
After have some sick days when I could not even read, I started reading FIREFLY ISLAND. I was engaged from the start. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roberta M. Austin
I just read this book for a church book club. This is also my first book I've read by Lisa Wingate. I really enjoyed reading about the main character, Mallory, and her adventures... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Meg G.