Allie Kirkland has always heard the call of her father’s unfinished destiny. When she’s offered a production assistant’s job on a docudrama filming in the hills near Moses Lake, Texas, the dream of following in her director-father’s footsteps suddenly seems within reach. The reenactment of the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood is a first step into the film industry. A summer on set in the wilderness is a small price to pay for a dream.
But in 1861, the real Wildwood held dangerous realities. Town founder Harland Delavan held helpless residents, including young Irish schoolteacher Bonnie Rose, in an iron grip. Mysterious disappearances led to myths and legends still retold in the region’s folk songs. Eventually, the entire site was found abandoned.
When filming begins, strange connections surface between Allie and the teacher who disappeared over a century ago, and everyone in Wildwood–including Blake Fulton, Allie’s handsome neighbor on the film set–seems to be hiding secrets. Allie doesn’t know whom she can trust. If she can’t find the answers in time, history may repeat itself…with the most unthinkable results.
I will admit that when I first read what Wildwood Creek was about, I thought, this could either be good or very scary. Well, I can assure you that you won’t be scared though there will be great suspense. And I thought that the book was very good, if a bit ambitious.
What I liked about the book:
The suspense was amazing. The novel flips between two povs: Allie and Bonnie Rose. And yet, the suspense does not let up, no matter whose voice is telling the story.
I really enjoyed the way the mystery of Bonnie Rose is slowly unraveled through Allie’s eyes. I even liked the way the narrative bounced between both women. I thought that was really nicely done.
I became totally invested in Bonnie Rose’s story. I don’t know how Ms. Wingate did it, but I was on the edge of my seat completely worried for her and hoping everything would turn out alright.
If you’ve read any of the other books in this series, than you’ve been to Moose Creek before, but this was such a unique angle of it and so clever. It was also very nice to see Mallory again.
Spiritually, the book deals with the notion of not really knowing what you believe until you’re in a tough situation. And it is not until you reach this point that you can really grow.
What I didn’t like:
I felt like Allie and Bonnie Rose’s stories almost should have been separate books. They both had a lot going on, and I wanted to know more. To a certain degree, I felt that Bonnie Rose was shortchanged in the romance department and Allie was shortchanged in the mystery department (the ending completely surprised me).
Also, I think I am still confused about what happened in 1861 in Wildwood Creek. I was trying to explain it to someone and I got lost in my own explanation.
Overall, a really great suspenseful read. What happened to Bonnie Rose? Well, you have to read it to find out.
Romantic Scale: 7
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**