Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate

Heather Hampton is an independent, no-nonsense architect hoping for a promotion. And she’ll get it if she can get her family to sell the farm in Texas to a company looking to build a new plant. But when her mom doesn’t show up to sign the papers, Heather has to fly to Moses Lake, a town she’d prefer never to see again. Haunted by memories and compelled by untold family secrets, she uncovers new information about her father’s death, gets to the bottom of her mother’s hesitation, and rediscovers who she is.

Lisa Wingate’s latest book, Blue Moon Bay goes above and beyond the lifeless, fluffy plots of most contemporary Christian fiction I’ve read by questioning priorities, exploring identity, and delving into a dysfunctional family’s complicated relationships. And oh my goodness, Wingate can write.

Though the story started out a bit slow and Heather was not the most likable character, the mystery of the plot kept me reading, and I grew to like her in the end. There were a few loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up, but the story didn’t suffer because of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed Blue Moon Bay and would recommend it as a must-read for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction. And if you’re like me and you prefer historical fiction, try it anyway. You might be surprised.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.

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