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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Larkspur Cove

Andrea Henderson moves back home to the town she loved as a child. Back to Moses Lake with her son Dustin. After her marriage has fallen apart, she feels a move away from things may give her a better perspective on the next stage of her life. Not only that her parents are offering her a house on the lake which makes things a bit easier on the finances. She begins work as an counselor for Child Protective Services and finds navigating some of the back roads a bit challenging.

When game warden Mart McClendon brings Dustin in for joyriding in a boat with a bunch of other boys, the paths of Andrea and his will cross and become intertwined. Seeing him as a bully picking on her son, Andrea defends Dustin's actions explaining that this is a difficult time for him while Mart believes once more he's heard it all from rich people trying to buy their kid's way out of trouble.

Yet when a recluse suddenly finds himself with a little girl claiming her to be his daughter, Andrea and Mart team up and try to find out just what is really going on and if she's in trouble. As wounded pasts collide for both, will their quest bring the redemption and hope they need or consequences neither of them expected?

In the latest novel by Lisa Wingate, Larkspur Cove finds us knee deep in the lives of Mart and Andrea as they try to make amends with their past and try to make a new start in Moses Lake. Will they find it or will God's divine providence bring them both together to heal their lives as one?

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and loved the mystery and suspense that wove this story together. I have to rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars for taking the reader along for an action packed ride. For more information on this book, the author and even a first chapter peek, read on below:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Larkspur Cove
Bethany House (February 1, 2011)
Lisa Wingate


Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of sixteen books. Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its eighteenth printing from Penguin Putnam. Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.

Recently, Lisa’s Blue Sky Hill Series, set in Dallas, received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). Pithy, emotional, and inspirational, her stories bring to life characters so real that readers often write to ask what is happening to them after the book ends.

Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, a general market publisher. Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, Crossings Book Club, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.

When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read. 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.


Adventure is the last thing on Andrea Henderson's mind when she moves to Moses Lake. After surviving the worst year of her life, she's struggling to build a new life for herself and her son as a social worker. Perhaps in doing a job that makes a difference, she can find some sense of purpose and solace in her shattered faith. For new Moses Lake game warden Mart McClendon, finding a sense of purpose in life isn't an issue. He took the job to get out of southwest Texas and the constant reminders of a tragedy for which he can't forgive himself. But when a little girl is seen with the town recluse, Mart and Andrea are drawn together in the search for her identity. The little girl offers them both a new chance at redemption and hope--and may bring them closer than either ever planned.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Larkspur Cove, go HERE.

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