In Wildwood Creek, Lisa Wingate tells the story of two women, one chasing a dream that determines her future, the other running from the nightmare of the past. Allie Kirkland wants to follow her father into the film industry. When she’s offered a job as a production assistant, she jumps at the chance, even though it means being sequestered on a set for the summer. When she arrives, she gets more than she’s bargained for.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Rose comes to Wildwood Creek seeking a better life for her sister and herself, only to find that the new beginning she is seeking might be worse than the past she is trying to escape. The town founder, Harland Devland, holds the townspeople captive before they begin disappearing. Will Bonnie Rose survive long enough for the answers she seeks and the love she longs for?
Wildwood Creek is book four in the Moses Lake series, but it is a stand-alone novel. It is set in two different time periods and is surprisingly effective. I thought that most of it was well-written in terms of dialect and description. However, the book was hard to read. I was slogging through it at times. The characters were under-developed and shallow, and they grew very little from start to finish. Most I found annoying.
The book was strangely mysterious but without the adrenaline rush of a thriller. The plot had no direction and I was disappointed. In most novels, I have found that the love story angle is over-played. In Wildwood Creek, it was under-developed and anti-climatic.
I love historical and mystery novels, but Wildwood Creek was not my cup of tea. Regretfully, I give it two out of five stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review