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Wildwood Creek

(Moses Lake #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.
Paperback, 375 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 28th 2014)
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Katie W
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize this was book 4 in a series, but that didn't seem to matter. It definitely stood alone. I saw this was labeled as a Christian Romance, yet the Christian elements were very minimal and the romance was hardly there. Fortunately, a friend told me that before I started it, so I was disappointed. I took it for the mystery is was and loved it!

I loved the way this story went back and forth between historical times and modern day. The way the characters and storyline were woven together
Janice Langanke
Feb 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Since I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher, I felt obligated to finish it. But, it was so bad, I could only force my way to page 190. Years ago, I read Tending Roses by Wingate & loved it. Reading Wildwood Creek, however, became "work" & gets only one star. The characters & plot were incredibly boring. Flipping from present to past normally would build suspense, but the mystery I expected from this book just wasn't there. ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-2014
I was unaware that this book was the same as Firefly Island, as they both run in the same series. I really did not enjoy reading Firefly Island. This book may have a tad bit better of a lead character, but the story is even more boring. The story does something trendy that has been happening in romance novels of late. It's been flashing back in the past, and then flashing forward in the future by showing how the town was in the past, and how it's being inhabited now.

Summary: Allie Kirkland is as
Katherine Wacker
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
In Wildwood Creek, Lisa Wingate tells the story of two women, one chasing a dream that determines her future, the other running from the nightmare of the past. Allie Kirkland wants to follow her father into the film industry. When she’s offered a job as a production assistant, she jumps at the chance, even though it means being sequestered on a set for the summer. When she arrives, she gets more than she’s bargained for.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Rose comes to Wildwood Creek seeking a better life for h
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Allie's late father was a movie director. Allie's goal is to follow in his footsteps in some capacity. So when her roommate convinces her to get a job working on set of a reality show, she agrees. The reality show will be based on the true story of an entire town that vanished without a trace. The contestants will be playing the part of the people who disappeared so long ago. But strange noises and mysterious circumstances are keeping Allie on edge. She arrives at the remote set location with a ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever looked at a reservoir lake and wondered what’s underneath the water? Are there complete towns, homes, farms where families were raised for generations? Are there secrets hidden beneath the water?

So it is with Wildwood, a frontier settlement that came to life in the turbulent early years of the Civil War. A century later when it’s talked about, there are whispers of mystery, where was Wildwood Creek located, who lived there? Where did the people go? Why was the town found suddenly abandoned
Jalynn Patterson
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait.

But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delevan held helpless residents, i
Janet Davis
Jan 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had to force myself to finish this book. I've read a couple of other books by Lisa Wingate, and enjoyed them. This one wasn't just slow to get started, it was slow most of the way through. It felt disjointed when it switched back and forth between times. I've read other books that switch between time periods, but they didn't jolt me each time it happened. The characters were poorly developed, and the relationships sometimes were almost vague. The end felt very rushed. I would NOT recommend thi ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a fan of this book. The book runs two lives parallel.... the 1860's Wildwood and its teacher, Bonnie Rose, and Allie Kirkland the present day young woman who finds herself on the set of a film about Wildwood. There is a gruesome mystery to the story. The love interest is mildly interesting. While the ending of the book explains some of the details of the original Wildwood I was left a bit confused and disappointed by the book. In some places it was hard to follow. I have liked some of Lisa W ...more
Shannah Mauney
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewd-on-blog
I absolutely loved how this book was written. Switching back and forth between Bonnie Rose and Allie Kirkland's point of view made the story more compelling. The mystery of what happened to Bonnie Rose was well written and captivating. The author chose her writing well because I did not want to put this book down. Read my full review here. ...more
Gayle Tennant
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay I admit defeat. Why I keep reading Lisa Wingate when I just can't get into her writing is beyond me. I keep thinking oh that sounds like an interesting story line. But no she just can't pull it off. I really thought this time she'll actually do it. If you like shallow under developed characters, with a story line that doesn't go anywhere, this is the book for you. Oh and add Christian elements and romance that comes out of no where.... ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. I really liked the writing style. But for some reason, I dragged my feet through this one and felt as if I'd been reading it for forever by the time I finished it. I didn't get into it until the 9th chapter or so and didn't give up only because I wanted to find out what happened to the town of Wildwood. It just didn't capture my attention. ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have read other Lisa Wingate books and I liked them especially Before We Were Yours, but this book was a chore to finish. I don't like the books that go between 2 different years unless they are done well. This book was not done well. I would have given it a 1 star but after I struggled to the end the last part where the slave was telling about her life. Now that was interesting! ...more
Mary Jo Malo
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this novel felt a little silly and superficial, e.g. film industry and young women looking for romance, but I'm so happy I stuck with it! There quickly developed several mysteries, some of which were life threatening and very suspenseful. That seems unique in her writing, at least with this level of intensity. The author found the perfect balance between the real world of her characters, who were making a film, looking for love, and their becoming entwined in past and present cr ...more
Kelly Klepfer
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wildwood Creek has moved Lisa Wingate to favorite authors status.

This is only the 2nd novel of hers that I've read and now I feel compelled to read them all.

Why? Story, characters, writing.

First let's talk about story. Wildwood Creek is set in modern day and in 1861. Allie Kirkwood is eking out a dream she's had ever since her father tragically died, to pick up where he left off, making movies. Her mother and stepfather have no patience left for the nonsense of the life she is choosing. She d
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Wildwood Creek is a story that I think can be enjoyed by either contemporary fiction fans or historical fiction fans. I thought it was a very versatile story. If you're a fan of historical fiction, you will enjoy reading about Bonnie Rose and her experience in the town of Wildwood when she first came to teach with her little sister Maggie May. If you're a fan of contemporary, you will enjoy reading about Allie Kirkland as she begins on a summer job she was desperate to get, as a production assis ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the four books in the Moses Lake series, I enjoyed this one best (although the others were really good reads). The concept of a movie being made where the actors must live in the setting as the characters for a period of several months intrigues me. To add to that, the themes of this story involve those things that I enjoy most: God, romance, suspense. Allie Kirkland is not the type to be in front of the camera; she would rather be in the production end of it. But when the chance is offered f ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
"Good Hope Road" was my first experience with a Lisa Wingate novel. And I'm not sure if it was because it was the first one of hers I read, or if it really is her best work, but I'm still thinking that one is my favorite of all her books.

This one felt like a re-write of other books I've read. Nothing really new, nothing outstanding, just a quick mostly uplifting read.

That said, there were a few things that bothered me. Kim was basically just an annoying gnat flying around waiting to fulfill her
Sarah Tun
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: enjoyable-read
Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota (c) 2014 Wingate Media LLC.
The premise of Wildwood Creek is interesting and original. Allie, a college student with dreams of being a film maker, takes a summer job on a set that promises a unique experience. A real-action recreation of a Civil War town and the strange, unresolved disappearance of its population, is interwoven with the college student’s story line. Allie ends up being cas
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good combination of contemporary suspense and historical fiction. The contemporary aspect is very informative about creating the kind of historical reenactments we see on the television. The historical aspect reminds us of the hardships pioneers went through.
A production company rebuilds a pioneer town in central Texas as part of a historical mystery series. All of the people in the town disappeared in the 1860s and no one has figured out what happened. It was interesting to read the p
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book, cbd, kindle
This is the last in the series. I have loved this series and am sad to see it come to an end. But alas all good things must come to an end. Something I really loved about this series was the reoccurring secondary characters. They were so much fun and endearing. One in particular who we meet in the first book, I just fell in love with. He struggled in life but was doing his best, and my heart felt for him and loved his heart. At first I struggled a bit with the back and forth from the past to the ...more
Beth Vogt
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Wingate weaves an intriguing story -- or rather, stories -- within the pages of Wildwood Creek. I was pulled back and forth between the worlds of Allison and Bonnie Rose -- wondering how the two intersected, and also unsure how the book would end. The author kept me turning pages -- it was challenging not to flip to the end -- and I was especially curious about the mystery and tragedy surrounding Bonnie Rose. Very satisfying read.
Barbara Davis
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story

I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it. The characters are real and compelling and the winding history and modern day characters is masterful. Nobody can paint a picture of time and place better than Lisa Wingate. She is amazing. This was definitely the best of the series. Loved it.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite book in this series. It's very different in format than the previous three books. The book switches back and forth between two stories, one set before the Civil War and the other present day.

The story from 1861:
Bonnie Rose (O’Brien) - orphaned, kidnapped, raped, baby taken from her, moving with her younger sister to Wildwood to start a new life as a teacher.
Maggie May - 9 yr old sister, likes horses like their dad.
Big Neb - a slave, a good man, watches out for Bonnie Rose.
Cara Putman
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved the intertwining of past and present in a mystery.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually gave up on page 213. I really enjoyed the other 3 books in this series,however I just couldn’t get into this one.

Kathy Alexander
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the hills near Moses Lake, she jumps at the chance. She’s always dreamed of following in her director-father’s footsteps, and the reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step. The family expectations will have to wait. Allie Kirkland has never been one to take wild risks. But when she’s offered a costuming assistant’s job on a docudrama in the ...more
Stacy M. Patton
This is the fifth and final book in the Moses Lake series. And wow! What a great finale. Like the other books, the main characters are new and this book can certainly be a stand alone novel. But I did enjoy hearing the names of several characters from previous books.

This was my favorite book in this series! This book had everything...mystery, action, light romance, and both a modern story and a historical story. To me, this book is the epitome of why I love reading fiction! I wish they would tu
I wasn't so easily immersed in this one as I have been with previous books (both in this series, and by the author, in general). The switch between perspectives/narratives (Allie, then Bonnie Rose, and back again...) was annoying, jarring, and just didn't work for me. You finally get a flow going with one side of the story or the other, then it switches again. I also didn't feel like Blake's character was developed enough. Kim's role seemed completely unnecessary, other than being the catalyst t ...more
Carol Wilson
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting read. I listened on audio and the narration was great. It was different than the three previous books in the series because it contains both historical and present day narrative. It took me a few chapters to fully understand the concept and to get into the Irish accent of the historical narration (I probably would have "understood" quicker if I was reading the paper copy; I appreciate both styles of enjoying novels). Halfway through the book, I couldn't wait to start ...more
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Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. Her blockbuster "Before We Were Yours" was on the NYT best seller list for over one year. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT ...more

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