Review: Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate

March 11, 2014

Title: Wildwood Creek
Author: Lisa Wingate
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 375
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0824-9
Publication Date: February 4th, 2014

With love and loss tangled together, how was she to know where her life would lead?

Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father's unfinished destiny. When she's offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father's footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region's folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.

When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood—including Blake Fulton, Allie's handsome neighbor on the film set—seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn't know whom she can trust. If she can't find the answers in time, history may repeat itself...with the most unthinkable results.
Wildwood Creek is a story that I think can be enjoyed by either contemporary fiction fans or historical fiction fans. I thought it was a very versatile story. If you're a fan of historical fiction, you will enjoy reading about Bonnie Rose and her experience in the town of Wildwood when she first came to teach with her little sister Maggie May. If you're a fan of contemporary, you will enjoy reading about Allie Kirkland as she begins on a summer job she was desperate to get, as a production assistant to a television crew that has come to recreate the town of Wildwood and try to figure out the mystery behind it.

As these two young woman start off on a new adventure of life, neither know what will be waiting for them in Wildwood. Bonnie Rose just wants to be able to provide and care for her sister and herself and move on from the dark past that haunts her and her sister. The teaching position in Wildwood will offer her the fresh start she has dreamed of, but she doesn't know the cost. Allie just wants to follow in her father's footsteps and work in the movie industry. She would love to be able to move on to a film school. However, Allie deals with the constant guilt trips from her mom about settling down to a real life and moving on from this dream. Despite the hurt, Allie pushes aside what her mother wants and focuses on her dreams. After working many weeks as an intern to a hard nosed woman, Allie gets to finally enjoy the outcome of all of her labor when she sees the recreated Wildwood.

Switching back and forth between views and times was fantastic. Seeing what Bonnie Rose had to go through, then what Allie is trying to figure out, it makes you question, how much of history are we missing? What else is out there that we don't know about? What can we learn from the past?

Each character was unique and offered something fun, dark, or unusual to the story. I enjoyed their backgrounds and their stories that unfolded in these pages. As the events progressed in the story, I ended up quite surprised at the end, which is always fun.

Even though this is book four of the Moses Lake series, it worked well as a standalone. 

Too Read
4 out of 5

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, Blue Moon Bay, and Larkspur Cove, which won the 2011 Carol Award for Women's Fiction. Lisa and her family live in central Texas. Visit

Thank you to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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