By Lisa Wingate
Allie Kirkland, the main character in this novel, knows in her heart , that she is to follow her father's unfinished destiny. In fact, she has felt called to do so for many years. When she is offered a production assistant's job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, she realizes that finally she can follow in her dad's footsteps as a director. This is a unique situation - a reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood, her first step into the film industry. Not exactly what Allie envisioned, however, it is a small price to pay to achieve her dream.
In 1861. the real Wildwood was a location of some very dangerous realities. The town founder had an iron grip on all of the residents, including the Irish schoolteacher, Bonnie Rose. Mysterious disappearances took place leading to many myths still being related in folk songs, in Allie's time.
Strange events begin to take place at the filming. There appears to be a connection between Allie and the teacher who disappeared so many years ago. Allie's neighbor on the field set has secrets. Allie finds herself unable to believe anyone!!! Would history repeat itself??? Would Allie suffer the same fate as the teacher???
This book was written in a style that I have difficulty following. Some people love it, I tend to find it laborious to read. Every other chapter is present day, while the alternates are written as the time being 1862. So there are two story lines running side by side! Two main characters, two separate , yet intertwining plots, two sets of complications. Lisa does a fabulous job of connecting the two stories . Although it is not my favorite style of writing, I did enjoy this book. The stories have more in common than we know and as the book progresses we find out the connections.
The characters are realistic and well described. I found myself identifying with Allie and it made the book come alive in my mind. The challenges, fears and joys were easily believable.
A good historical mystery!
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.