Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
Bethany House Publishers, 1 February 2013


Mallory Hale’s life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas–with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.

A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. But what she can’t shake is the unease she feels around her husband’s new boss, Jack West. Jack’s presence–and his mysterious past–set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers . . . and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn’t sure she wanted is the very place she’ll risk everything to save.

I have really loved all the covers of Lisa Wingate’s Moses Lake Series and this one is no exception. Beautiful cover, with an intriguing storyline to match. I was happily swept back to Moses Lake, trailing after Mallory, her new family and the U-Haul. I became equally suspicious of Jack West, Daniel’s new boss. As intrigue swirls around Mallory and her family, as some people seem to be more than who they say they are, the questions Mallory has about herself grow deeper. As she learns about herself away from the safe, upper class neighborhood of Washington DC, she discovers how she judges others and herself, and how she can step outside of her comfort zone and grow into a woman who is capable of loving others and herself well for who they are not who they seem to be. This book made me think of how happy I am in my own comfort zone and maybe God is prodding me to step out and change things up a bit.

My only real problem with this book was at the end. It felt rushed and the climax never seemed to quite happen and it left me feeling a little empty. I needed a little more from the end of this book and didn’t get it. Having said that, since book reviews are very personal, others may not feel that way. Besides my disappointment at the end of the book, I still loved going back to Moses Lake!

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.