At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men–fortunately, they’re related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can’t imagine her future without them.
Mallory couldn’t be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.
Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?
This novel was like a cross between a marriage how-to book, thepioneerwoman.com, and Nancy Drew. And I so enjoyed it!. I was especially drawn to the beginning. The whirlwind romance had me completely hooked and as I saw Mallory navigate the waters of being a bride and a step-mom, I kept asking myself internally how I would react to such a situation. Ms. Wingate did a fabulous job of making Mallory come to life. And Daniel. He was both dreamy and realistic. A good guy, but a real guy and I think real guys make the best heroes. The only think that didn’t quite pull me in was the mystery. Though the mystery was clearly prevalent from the start of their arrival in the small town, I don’t think it held my interest as much as it should have. Spiritually, Mallory begins to find out what she believes as she is thrown into this new situation and I love how she has a dream and realizes its significance. This is an enjoyable read. Recommended.
**I received this novel from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in any way.**