Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate

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. 

My Thoughts:
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

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