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.
Originally I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book. I've enjoyed some of Lisa Wingate's previous books, but in this case I didn't know if I'd "click" with Andrea and Mart as they are at completely different times in their life than I am. However, such is the author's skill that I was able to relate to and get to know the characters quite well. I'm very glad I gave this book a chance, as it turned out to be a great read!
The two main characters both have interesting jobs, one involving family/child counseling for CPS, and the other is a game warden, which I found especially interesting. I couldn't help but be amused at the strange animal situations that pop up, (many involving a spunky racoon kit)! Though both Andrea and Mart have painful pasts, it's encouraging to see them working to overcome and break free of their issues.
On top of being a great story, Larkspur Cove is also packed with truths and little tidbits that get you to thinking about your own life. I think it's awesome when an author can seamlessly weave such food for thought into a fiction book. Lisa Wingate is one seriously talented author, and Larkspur Cove is a book not to be missed!
My Rating: 5 stars