History meets the present in a most unique and creative way in Wildwood Creek, Lisa Wingate’s latest in her Moses Lake series. (This one can be read as a standalone.) Allie Kirkland a young woman with a passion to continue on in her belated father’s footsteps in the film industry and lands a production’s assistant job for a docudrama which chronicles the life of a frontier settlement known as Wildwood. The trouble is there were many mysterious disappearances among the settlers back in 1861 and as history has a tendency of repeating itself, strange things start happening in the present day “Wildwood” as well, which makes things very interesting.
A wonderful and fascinating part of this book is the dual narrative where you follow a storyline of an Irish school teacher named Bonnie Rose trying to flee her very difficult past and raise her younger sister in this brand new settlement of Wildwood in 1861. At the same time we are also learning the story of Allie who is working on a film set where all of the actors are being asked to actually live as the settlers lived back then with a functional setting, period clothing and of course no modern conveniences or communication to try and mimic what life was really like and then to document their journey on film.
When the past meets the present and the truth of the past comes out, it becomes a very poignantly told story where you are rooting for both women as they struggle to make their way in their own world’s. This book feels like a mix of a lot of elements - a bit of history, a bit of drama and definitely suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance. The spiritual thread is not heavy handed but present in the aspect that no matter how bad things look, God is active and working in the lives of both women. I still was left wanting to know a bit more of how Allie’s story played out, but I don’t consider that a negative thing- it just makes me wonder.
For those who love the blend of history with contemporary, and Lisa Wingate’s wonderful writing, I think you will enjoy this special book Wildwood Creek.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine.