Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate – Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway

 
There is a mystery in Wildwood Creek’s history, a mystery that affects Allie’s present…

Wildwood CreekWildwood Creek

by Lisa Wingate

Christian Romance

Paperback, 384 pages

February 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.

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

When strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, everyone in Wildwood, including Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set, Blake Fulton, seems to be hiding secrets, and Allie doesn’t know who she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself . . . with the most unthinkable results.

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Lisa Wingate Author PictureLisa Wingate is a journalist, inspirational speaker, reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and the author of over twenty novels.  Her novels combine elements of history, romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with nuggets of Southern culture, from the sublime to the humorous. She is a seven-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, a Christianity Today Book Award nominee, an Inspy Award nominee, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her works have been selected for Booklist’s Top Ten List in 2012 and in 2013. 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.

 

Tell us about the setting!  Why Wildwood Creek?

There’s a bit of me in the setting, of course. I love Texas. I love its history of an independent past. I love that many small towns still claim an ethnic affiliation to various countries in Europe. I also love the fact that Texans are famous for their bold hearts, brash personalities, and tall tales. Storytellers abound here and the tale of Wildwood is the sort of story you might hear being passed around. There is also, undoubtedly, a bit of my own hidden dream in Allie’s opportunity to join the historical reenactment — to go back in time. The idea fascinates me. I think I’d love to do it, but the reality probably is that after a few days without air conditioning, a microwave, and hot showers, I’d probably be ready to go home again.

I have always been a lover of history, and having grown up in the era of sweeping western movies, I’m fond of especially the history of the American frontier. I’m a sucker for roadside monuments, Small-town museums, the foundations of old homesteads, historical markers, and old graveyards. Standing over the time-worn headstones of child graves, sometimes several in the same family, I’ve often felt the connection to the human side of history, to the mothers of those children, whose grief at times must have been overwhelming. It’s impossible not to wonder, from the safer vantage point of a modern life, if I could have endured what those pioneer women endured. If I were in the shoes of my ancestors, would I have the metal to survive?
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Comments

  1. Wildwood Creek sounds like a great place.

  2. History definitely makes the present what it is. I don’t think I would change the past to make the future better, even though there are a LOT of things that could be better, because the past is what makes us who we are. And I like who I am. Great question! Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Sounds like a fantastic read!

  4. Virginia H says:

    I have often wondered this. How things would be different if I had made different choices in the past. I wonder where I would be now. There are a few things I would change if I had a do over.

  5. I have wondered how history or my past effects my future. I wonder if I did things differently where would I be today and how the decisions I make change things for the good or better. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  6. I know now those defining moments in my life from my youth. There are two in particular I can remember that I wonder if I had made a different decision how my life would have turned out.

  7. I have definitely wondered about my history and my present and if i would have made different choice, where would i be today. sounds like a great read.

  8. Have done some research on this for my family and loved hearing of what others owned and what was important back in the late 1800’s.

  9. yes there were many paths things could have taken

  10. History definitely affects the present. Different choices can lead to a variety of outcomes. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  11. CJ Schindler says:

    Great question! I ponder that often, especially the concept of history repeating itself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Carolyn Valdez says:

    I have often wondered if thing in my past where different , what I might be like today.

  13. Yes, it’s obviosly very important. I think about that a lot

  14. History does affect the future because it usually sets the standards by which we go by today.

  15. carolsavoy1963 says:

    Yes history affected the future we live in today. I’d like to know how our future would have been without Hilter,Vlad Dracula, Attila the Hun, George Washington, Christopher Columbus, President Lincoln. These are some horrible people and also some great people. I often wonder what our lives would be like today without these persons of history.

  16. Meg Arthur says:

    History absolutely has influenced my life today. And life today will influence the future!

  17. Haha, I haven’t been to Texas and I love history but I am with you- I would so miss my airconditioning!!