Monday, May 20, 2013

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate

Firefly Island

 I'd seen lots of buzz about this one, so I was excited to read it. 

Let’s begin with the summary:

At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men--fortunately, they're related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can't imagine her future without them.

Mallory couldn't be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.

Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?

And now, my review:

Mallory is in for an adventure! She’s uprooted from everything she’s built and off following her new husband on a hare-brained journey. I liked how outside the box this story was. The characters are quirky, and I enjoyed the humor. Some of the elements weren’t quite believable. 

I like how this story was about sort of waking up out of denial. But the elements of her new husband skipping along in life seemed far-fetched and frustrating. He didn’t seem concerned enough about his new wife, especially when they first arrive at their new “home.” His behavior struck me as not quite believable and not respectable. 

As with a few other novels (not by this author) of late, I didn’t finish this one. The quest sort of fizzled out in light of the hero’s inept job as a husband. I grew impatient with the mishaps and couldn’t fathom enduring more of them without a clear payoff. I’ve enjoyed this author’s work in the past. This story just didn’t appeal to me. I’m certain her fans will love it. 

The Prayer Box
Her next book, The Prayer Box releases in September, 2013. She solicited the opinions of her Facebook fans for votes on the final cover of The Prayer Box. Fun to see it come together. Looking forward to checking that one out once it releases.

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